Massage Therapy Modalities
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful 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 backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, and helps to relax nervous tension. Which aids in better sleep and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Hot Stone Massage:
This massage therapy procedure offers a deep, relaxing massage with the use of smooth river stones that have been soaked in hot water. The heat generates blood flow and healing as well as reduces pain and tension. The stones slide along the oiled tissue, creating a smooth transition which allows for a varied pressure to be used for each client.
Craniosacral Work is a gentle but powerful massage therapy modality that has proven beneficial for a variety of conditions – including headaches, chronic pain, sinus/auditory conditions, anxiety, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and more.
This motion occurs in relationship to the tissues and cerebrospinal fluid within the central nervous system and the membranes surrounding the central nervous system. The protocols or contacts are usually gentle and may offer slight encouragement to rebalance and normalize. Deep rest and a nervous system re-boot is often felt following a session.
This massage therapy method works with specific sport injuries and promotes healing and recovery. Sports Massage can be very helpful for pre or post sporting events. If the area is inflamed, sports massage may work more superficially and quickly with the tissue. Stretching or recovery movements may also be offered.
Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on massage therapy technique that reduces or eliminates myo-fascial restrictions, thereby eliminating pain and restoring motion. Pain begins with restriction of the fascial system, which is the body’s connective tissue. Fascia becomes restricted from any number of causes, such as injury, surgery, chronic holding, trauma, stress, repetitious activities, poor posture and improper workspace ergonomics.
Deep Tissue Massage:
This massage therapy modality offers slow, specific strokes through the structural and fascial lines of the body. Deep tissue massage may assist specifically with trigger points or adhesions in muscles. It may also subtly work as a relaxation massage and alleviating stress. It will also help with promoting increased circulation, lowered blood pressure and reduced inflammation.
This massage therapy modality offers a session of “doing” through stillness, presence and non-doing. With the therapist getting out of the way as an efferent energy (by offering a technique or particular intention). This allows the client to heal and change on their own. The techniques are offered very quietly and maintained with stillness for long periods of time. Often only 2-3 contacts, or holds, are completed within a session.