Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue and is especially helpful for tense and contracted areas such as sore shoulders, lower back tightness, and stiff necks. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure to help alleviate tension and stress in the body. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Sports Massage is designed to assure the health and well being of the athlete and to enhance athletic performance. Compared to classic Swedish massage, Sports Massage addresses more specific muscles related to a particular activity; and addresses and assists in treating and preventing injuries. Treatment typically consists of deeper pressure, stretching and ROM (range of movement) activity. Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and predisposes athletes to injuries– especially muscle pulls and tears. Blood flow through tight muscles is poor (ischemia), which also causes pain. A regular routine of massage therapy is very effective in combating these effects of heavy exercised muscles.
“Muscular strain is a common sports-related injury with the potential to chronically impair performance when sound principles of injury recognition, immediate treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention are ignored.” When preventive techniques such as sports massage are applied, according to Glen A Halvorson, MD, severe muscular strain may be avoided.
Sports massage should be applied before and after athletic events, with many “maintenance” sessions in-between meets or competitions. Pre-event sports massage is focuses on warming-up the major muscles to be used and improves tissue pliability. It also helps get the athlete in a good mental state for competition and prepares them to reach their athletic performance potential. Post-event sports massage is given following an athletic event and is mainly focused upon recovery. This type of sports massage is geared toward reducing muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with vigorous exercise.
Neuromuscular / Medical Massage uses effective methods of pain management for chronic muscle discomfort. Our practitioners, while focusing on balancing the person’s body over gravity, apply various techniques that result in the release of constricted muscles and the elimination of metabolic waste. Special attention may also be given through the application of heat and analgesic ointment for optimal results.
In the last 60 years, neuromuscular therapy (NMT) has emerged as a significant way to assess, treat and prevent soft-tissue injuries and chronic pain. Today, NMT is widely used not only in the treatment rooms of massage therapy, but also in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, dentistry, chiropractic, osteopathic and physical medicine clinics worldwide.
Put broadly, NMT is a series of treatment. NMT differs from regular, relaxation massage because it not only deals with the muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues of the body, but also with the nervous system. (Hence the term “neuromuscular,” which literally means “of, relating to or affecting both nerves and muscles.”)
Understanding the difference between massage therapy and neuromuscular massage should help when it comes time to decide what kind of therapy is right for you and for what you hope to achieve. Neuromuscular therapists not only have an advanced understanding of the body, the systems and their delicate interplay, but also possess a solid understanding of the techniques of NMT and their practical application. The principle of NMT is not only to reduce and eliminate pain, but to restore function and to educate clients about what they can do at home to help keep their progress moving forward. To involve clients in their own healing is a foundational element in NMT, and has proven to help keep clients active in their progress as well as more informed about their body in general. NMT has a long and bright future ahead of us, helping to educate people and affect change for the better, joining forces with anatomy and physiology to create a more holistic, informative approach to living a healthy life.
Pregnancy Massage supports and nurtures the mother-to-be. Focusing on the requirements of the Mother-To-Be, pregnancy massage is a very gentle form of massage. The therapist blends techniques to provide relaxation and relief from low back stress and other pregnancy related discomfort. It is perfect for pre and post delivery. The therapist always works with an awareness of the special needs of the mother-to-be. Studies have shown that when massage is preformed during delivery, it calms both the fetus and the delivering mother. We also offer infant massage.