Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may cause pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis. Trigger point massage, also known as myotherapy, is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the receiver actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the precise location and intensity of the discomfort.
The result of trigger point therapy massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment. Keep in mind that muscles have a memory so it may take several treatments to deactivate those tricky trigger points.
Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish massage is the style that comes to mind when most people think about massage. It was developed in Stockholm a couple centuries ago and is the most common and well-known type of bodywork performed today. The goal is relaxing the entire body and this is accomplished by massaging the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood flow returning to the heart. Additional techniques include circular pressure applied by hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Lotion is often used to reduce friction and stimulate the skin. Swedish massage is exceptional for i
ncreasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. This technique is a good starter out massage for those just getting introduced to massage and don’t know quite what they want done.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep tissue massage is comparable to the Swedish massage but is used to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. Other benefits are reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia, which is the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints.
A reflexologist stretches and moves the hands and feet, applying pressure on reflex areas that correspond to specific organs and other parts of the body. Endorphins are released throughout the entire body, reducing stress and returning the body to equilibrium. Reflexology has been known to provide relief from ailments such as tension headaches, arthritis, digestive issues and back pain. With the magnetic force applied to the feet it will help to balance to body by putting negative ions, which are nature’s power cleansers.
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation and metabolism. Each session features the placement of smooth, water-hearted stones at key points on the body to allow for deeper relaxation of the muscles. I will then incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones, to create a healing and relaxing experience. Hot Stone Therapy is ideal for the following but is not limited to:
- Muscular Aches
- Back Pain
- Stress and Anxiety
- Poor Circulation
- Rheumatic and Arthritic Conditions
Hot Stone Therapy is gaining recognition for its ability to provide deeper muscle and tissue relaxation, which in turn releases more toxins and improves circulation. The benefits of Hot Stone Therapy have even been used in the treatment of insomnia and depression.
Massage for Pain Management
Looking for a natural and effective pain management solution? Massage therapy can provide all the relief necessary without the use of pain killing drugs. Massage plays a vital role in achieving a pain free standard of living by utilizing various types of massage, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, or Trigger Point Therapy. By employing one of the many massage techniques, one can rejuvenate and refresh the mind while improving joint movement, and increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to muscles and other tissue.
Massage for Relaxation
One of the top reasons people look to for massage therapy is to achieve a high level of relaxation. The therapeutic and stress-relieving benefits of massage can lead to a healthier and more energetic lifestyle. Through reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and increasing blood circulation, your body will experience a relaxed state of mental alertness and enhanced capacity to keep calm. This peaceful state promotes stress relief, which will positively affect all aspects of your life from both a health and social perspective.
Massage for Stress Relief
Most doctors will tell you that many of today’s ailments are caused not by viruses or bacteria, but stress. By not managing stress, you allow your body to damage itself, weakening your immune system and plummeting your physical and mental performance. From tension related headaches to increasing your risk of heart disease, massage therapy has the ability to reverse many of the affects caused by stress related illnesses. By fighting stress on a number of fronts, massage can relax muscles, increase circulation, and reduce stress related pain. Once your stress level is reduced, you can reclaim the energy you once enjoyed, and experience a refreshed body and mind.
Massage Therapy Relieves Headaches
In the United States alone, more than 60% of the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches suffer from migraines! The disorder can be weakening and typically results from high stress levels and/or lack of sleep. Massage has two roles when it comes to treating migraines and tension related headaches. In a proactive role, massage treatments are performed on a regular basis to help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress-relief. This approach reduces the chances of migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points. In a comfort role, massage is done to relieve the pressure brought on during a migraine or tension related headache. By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head, massage can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by migraine or tension headache. It is proven that adults with migraine headaches, which received massage therapy treatments, decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances, and distress symptoms. It also increased serotonin levels that are believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.
Massage Therapy Strengthens the Immune System
Habitual therapeutic massage sessions provide significant benefits beyond the immediate relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more often than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our body’s ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced. Several studies have indicated that massage can increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall. ***In one study by Gail Ironson, M.D, HIV positive men were given 45 minute massages five days a week, for a month, They showed an increase in serotonin and an increase in cells that are viewed as the first line of defense in the immune system. This is testing a very narrow aspect of the human immune system, but it does lend scientific credibility to a therapy, which is widely recognized as therapeutic, based on experience.