Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (light touch), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (compression), and vibration. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesion’s to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
NMT (Trigger Point Therapy)
A Trigger Point is a tight area with thin muscle tissue that causes pain in the other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy is designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. Receiving Massage with Trigger Point Therapy on a regular basis can help manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Sports Massage is geared toward the athletes of every kind, from the world- class professional to the weekend jogger.The key benefit is its ability to target muscle- tendon junctions. The particulars of the massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. Sports Massage canbe used as a means to enhance pre- event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after event.
Massage Therapy during Pregnancy is a great complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts, experienced during pregnancy, such as backache, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (Swelling). In addition, Massage reduces stress on weight bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph cirulation, helps to relax nervous tension- which aid in better sleep – and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by normal hormone changes.
For extra comfort a prenatal pillow is available.
Pressure is applied to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones of reflex areas. that reflect an image og the body on hands and feet, with the premise to effect physical changes to the body.
This is a gentle, non- invasive system of healing that reminds the body of its natural ability to restore balance. It is based on a simple and profound philosophy: Allow the body to correct itself. The practitioner helps along with specific, gentle moved.
Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping was for a patient with articular disorders.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
Kinesiology Tape is a thin, stretchy, therapeutic tape that can benefit a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. It is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity. Which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement. Used for joint/muscle pain, soft tissue injuries, overuse of muscles and edema swelling.