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Swedish massage is focused primarily on the body and, therefore, is a more physical approach to relieving stress, aches, pains, and tension. One benefit of Swedish massage is its ability to relax the mind-brain connection—the mind being the energy and thoughts, and the brain being the physical matter. This is thought to contribute to a more balanced, stimulated, and integrated system. A healthy mind-brain connection may also help facilitate better physical health.
Swedish massage helps the body heal itself by physically manipulating and stimulating the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems. This works to energize and help eliminate toxins in the body. Also, through Swedish massage, a high level of relaxation can often be achieved, and this relaxation can help prepare the body to act as an open, receptive vessel in which healing can more rapidly occur.
Trigger point is a type of massage therapy targeting areas of the muscles that have contracted and formed small, fibrous nodules that are tender to the touch, sometimes referred to as “knots.” Pressing on these points can also produce pain in other areas, sometimes quite a distance from the point of origin. This is called “referred pain.”
Unlike other types of massage that may involve the whole body, trigger point massage focuses on these specific areas by applying isolated pressure on the point, followed by release.
Trigger point massage therapy releases constricted areas in the muscle to relieve pain and help you regain mobility. Similar to deep tissue massage, this type of therapy may not be a relaxing process but it can significantly relax your muscles and release tension, often after just one session.
Sports massage was designed for athletes, but is useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues. Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
But you don’t have to be in the Olympics or even in a recreational league. You can even be a clicker-control athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area.
The benefits of Sports Massage are many. It can help reduce the chance of injury, through proper stretching and event preparation, and through deep tissue massage. It improves range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance. Sports massage allows for recovery times to be shortened between workouts. This allows the athlete optimal training. Massage also maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow and enhances the elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise.
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 chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle 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 in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:
Reduces chronic pain
Improved recovery from injury
Improves mobility (helps with posture imbalances)
Reduces muscle soreness, tightness and spasms from physical activity
Triggers the release of oxytocin and serotonin (boosts mood and relaxation)
Reduces cortisol and heart rate (lowers stress)
Prenatal massage is a safe and supportive therapy for women throughout pregnancy. Massage helps women relax and minimize the impact of stress on their bodies. Therapeutic touch relieves many of the aches and pains that accompany her changing body. Safe for both mom and baby,
research shows that massage promotes healthier moms, shorter labors and healthier babies.
While many women seek out massage when the discomforts of the last few months of pregnancy become most intense, the real benefits are gained from more regular sessions throughout the pregnancy. While all relaxation techniques are beneficial, touch therapies have the strongest impact. Women who receive regular massage have measurably reduced levels of stress hormones and report less mood swings and physical discomforts
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a technique used to provide relief from edema, an accumulation of fluids in the tissues that causes swelling. It is a gently, rhythmic style of massage that stimulates the immune system and improves the appearance of the skin. LDM is used before and after surgery, to help speed up healing and reduce edema/swelling. It increases blood flow and can reduce scar tissue. During LDM, muscles relax, heart and breathe rate decrease, and clients move into a state of relaxation that promotes healing and balance. Symptoms like fatigue, mild depression, and chronic soft-tissue pain call for the gentleness of lymph massage. It will stimulate the immune system and has an energizing effect on the body's vital energy. Scar tissue becomes smaller, smoother, more flexible and stronger with LDM.
Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist's skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease. A properly trained massage therapist will ask questions about these issues and more, depending on your unique situation. Many of the changes that will be made to your session will be virtually imperceptible to you as a recipient (and others may be quite obvious), but they are essential to safety and proper support of your well being.
Geriatric massage therapy uses the gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include gentle stretching and the use of light oils or lotions to permit the skin and muscles to be worked out without excessive friction. These techniques help enhance blood flow, improve balance and flexibility, increase joint mobility, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve mood and the overall sense of well-being.
Massage can offer significant relief to those suffering from arthritis or other forms of joint and muscle pain and stiffness.
Other surveys have shown that massage therapy is one of the most popular forms of relief from osteoarthritis pain, and many of those with arthritis find regular massage therapy not only reduces pain and swelling, but also promotes additional range of motion and restores some ability to do daily activities they otherwise could not perform.
Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.
People often describe hot stone massage as comforting and deeply relaxing. The warmth is soothing for people who tend to feel chilly.
The heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work deeper while using lighter pressure.
There is a lack of research on the benefits of hot stone massage. People often use hot stone massage for the following conditions:
Anxiety - Back Pain - Depression - Insomnia
This type of massage integrates the philosophies of Eastern medicine, Swedish massage, thermal, or heat therapy.
Soothing, healing and relaxing. Himalayan Salt Stone Massage uses warm salt crystal stones to soothe away stress and tension, and promote an increased sense of well-being. Its grounding properties help to improve sleep and balance the Central Nervous System.
Feelings of deep relaxation
An overall sense of well-being
Promotes healthy blood sugar
Helps lower blood pressure
Supports a healthy respiratory system and sinuses
Boosts bone health and prevents muscle cramps
Relieves anxiety and addresses insomnia
Lightly exfoliates the skin and is highly relaxing
Emits negative ions when heated, delivering a myriad of health benefits—from higher mental alertness to protection against germs in the air
A body scrub is a popular body treatment that is basically a facial for the body: It exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. A body scrub is done with an abrasive material—usually sea salt or sugar—mixed with some kind of massage oil and an aromatic like essential oils. If the scrub uses salt, it might be called a salt scrub, salt glow, or sea salt scrub.
Removes Dead Skin Cells
Reduce the Chance of an Occasional Breakout on Your Neck, Face or Back
Help Reduce the Appearance of Dark Spots or Age Spots
Minimize the Appearance of Large Pores
Get Smoother Elbows and Knees
Allow Your Moisturizer to Work Better
Silicone cups can help improve circulation, release fascia and relax muscles. silicone cups can be used stationary on a focused area or in motion (stroking sweeps around a tight area of the body). Since they are soft, the therapist can control the degree of suction on a client’s skin. This allows them to adjust the intensity level. If you prefer light pressure massage, you can still benefit from the effects of cupping as well!
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
Provides deep relaxation, eases headaches, stimulates the scalp, releases tension, and calms, soothes and enhances your well-being.
Increasing circulation with a vasodilator like peppermint could potentially improve hair growth and prevent some hair loss.
Peppermint menthol also imparts a freshened smell and tingly sensation on the skin and scalp.
-Solves Dry Scalp Problems
-Strengthens The Roots
Organic Aromatherapy massage is Swedish massage therapy using massage oil or lotion that contains essential oils (highly organic concentrated plant oils).
During an aromatherapy massage, you inhale these essential oil molecules or absorb them through your skin. They are thought to promote beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system.
Some of the health benefits of aromatherapy include its ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, eliminate headaches, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion and increase circulation.
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a pseudoscientific system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
The benefits of reflexology include its ability to stimulate nerve function, increase energy, boost circulation, induce a deep state of relaxation, and eliminate toxins from the body. Moreover, it helps stimulate the central nervous system, prevent migraines, and treat urinary tract conditions. This type of massage speeds up recovery after an injury or surgery, reduces sleep disorders, and relieves depression and pain. It also helps in relieving side effects associated with cancer treatment and even soothe the pain of pregnancy, even the one occurring after delivery.
Therapeutic ultrasound is one of the most widely used physical modalities in the clinical practice of rehabilitation. In particular, therapeutic ultrasound in rehabilitation has a number of uses including the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as pain, muscle spasm, joint contracture, and tissue injury. Therefore, it is now recognized as a major therapeutic method in treating musculoskeletal disorders. Essential treatment parameters for therapeutic ultrasound include frequency, intensity, duty cycle, treatment time, and treatment area.
The effect of therapeutic ultrasound via an increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing.
Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy used to treat deep muscular tension, somatic dysfunction, and pain by relaxing the fascia (the fibrous bands around muscles, ligaments, and tendons). The technique requires very firm pressure that stretches and elongates deep muscle tissue, increasing range of motion and circulation.
Myofascial therapy can relieve pain caused by muscular tension, relax tense muscles, and assists natural healing by increasing circulation. Regular myofascial massage is also thought to help break up scar tissue and heal sports injuries, and helps reduce chronic pain (such as low-back pain caused by sitting). The release of myofascial restrictions can help improve your body’s natural alignment and posture, which can be the root-cause of tension and pain.
passive and active isolated stretching
PASSIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING refers to any type of stretching activity that uses an applied force to assist in the stretch. The force can be self applied, such as the grabbing of your ankle when you perform a bent knee quad stretch; or, it can be external, such as placing your foot on a side-rail for leverage while performing a hamstring stretch.
ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING is a technique that helps people maximize the effectiveness of stretching without causing the sort of discomfort that keeps a lot of us away from it.