This type of massage targets chronic patterns of tension in the body at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (connective tissue). Deep tissue massage uses similar movements and techniques compared to a Swedish massage, however, the pressure will generally be more intense. This is a very focused type of work gear towards releasing chronic tension and trigger points that are inhibiting deeper circulation and sometimes range of motion.
This modality is done with movement of glass or silicone cups to employ a negative pressure rather than compression to the body to achieve positive results. A large area of tissue is covered with this form of cupping and works great in conjunction with any other massage modality. The positive results of cupping releases rigid soft tissue, loosens adhesion, lifts and opens connective tissue, greatly increases blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles, and helps with the removal of excess fluids and toxins. Further, it stimulates the nervous system for an increased rate of recovery from pain and disease. Cupping therapy is very beneficial for many conditions but not limited to pain relief, sciatica, poor circulation, sports injuries, anxiety, high blood pressure, edema, cellulite, headaches, and fibromyalgia.
Sports massage is a form of muscle work that is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. It’s purpose is to prepare the athlete for peak performance and relieve swelling. It promotes a greater increase in flexibility and is also used as a preventative measure for injuries.
A relaxing and invigorating massage that is typically associated with lighter pressure. It enhances nerves, muscles, glands, circulation, and stimulates the skin. It reduces both physical and mental stress and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. Can be used to promote general well-being while boosting the immune system.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a light or gentle form of massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids in the body. The lymph system relies on movement and smooth muscle tissue to transport fluid through the vessels. Health conditions can interrupt this natural flow, and cause a build up of lymph fluid in the body. Lymphatic massage works to restore the proper flow and removal of toxins from the body, which in turn greatly increases an individual’s health and well-being.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very specialized form of manual therapy. Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure or rotational pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and
connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.
When a muscle knot or “trigger point” forms in the body, blood flow to that area is severely decreased, sometimes ceasing altogether. When the blood flow is diminished, oxygen and nutrients necessary for the muscle to work properly is also decreased, causing a buildup of lactic acid. Trigger points with an excess of lactic acid are sore and painful when pressure is applied. If trigger points continue to be ignored, consistent pain and aches will form in the body as more lactic acid and metabolic wastes (due to the lack of blood flow) is held inside the tissue. The pain is compounded when a tight muscle places pressure on a nerve or series of nerves causing numbness, tingling and other symptoms. Since nerves carry sensations throughout the body like a pulse, it is possible to feel these numbing sensations in areas of the body separate from the location of the trigger point. Trigger points initially develop from continued muscle tightness most commonly due to stress, overuse/repetitive motion, and accidents/injuries and a lack of stretching or relief from the cause.