Muscle Stripping


Stripping strokes are one of the many massage techniques that therapists use everyday. This technique involves the application of slow, deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers. Stripping strokes release and elongate tightened muscle and fascia, flush the muscles with fresh blood, and erase trigger points (trigger points are hyperirritable muscle tissue that refers pain). Stripping strokes are performed using the elbow, forearm, knuckles and thumb. The elbow and forearm are used for larger muscles, and the knuckles and thumbs are used for detail work and smaller muscles.




Deep Tissue


Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage isn't the same as having a regular massage with deep pressure. It's used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" (trigger points) or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.




PNF Stretching


Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (or PNF) is an advanced type of flexibility therapy. PNF is built on a series of exercises that focus on stretching; first contracting then relaxing, stiff or painful muscles in the body. PNF is very effective when it comes to improving flexibility, strength and range of motion in a damaged or stiff muscle. It's often used to treat lower back, neck and shoulder pain associated with poor posture. PNF exercises are meant to re-educate clients on the safest and most natural ways to move their bodies. The theory behind PNF is that a person will often develop sloppy postures and habits when they move. These bad movements, when used repetitively over time, can put chronic strain on the muscles, causing soreness, stress and eventually leading to injury if not corrected




Swedish Massage


As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.




Trigger Point Release


Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is sometimes regarded as one of a group of treatment aproaches called neuromuscular therapy or NMT.




Joint Mobilizations


Joint mobilization, performed by a massage therapist, is a gentle and safe alternative to joint manipulation, performed by a chiropractor. Joint mobilization is done when a bone, or individual vertebrae, is moved in order to release painful tension, stiffness, chronic pain, and in some cases to improve the range of motion of a joint. Joint mobilizations consist of joint play, traction and gliding mobilizations.




Myofascial Release


Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. Practitioners of myofascial release employ long stretching strokes meant to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve pain.





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Registered Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (modalities).

People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.

Muscle Stripping


Stripping strokes are one of the many massage techniques that therapists use everyday. This technique involves the application of slow, deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers. Stripping strokes release and elongate tightened muscle and fascia, flush the muscles with fresh blood, and erase trigger points (trigger points are hyperirritable muscle tissue that refers pain). Stripping strokes are performed using the elbow, forearm, knuckles and thumb. The elbow and forearm are used for larger muscles, and the knuckles and thumbs are used for detail work and smaller muscles.




Deep Tissue


Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage isn't the same as having a regular massage with deep pressure. It's used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" (trigger points) or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.




PNF Stretching


Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (or PNF) is an advanced type of flexibility therapy. PNF is built on a series of exercises that focus on stretching; first contracting then relaxing, stiff or painful muscles in the body. PNF is very effective when it comes to improving flexibility, strength and range of motion in a damaged or stiff muscle. It's often used to treat lower back, neck and shoulder pain associated with poor posture. PNF exercises are meant to re-educate clients on the safest and most natural ways to move their bodies. The theory behind PNF is that a person will often develop sloppy postures and habits when they move. These bad movements, when used repetitively over time, can put chronic strain on the muscles, causing soreness, stress and eventually leading to injury if not corrected




Swedish Massage


As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.




Trigger Point Release


Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is sometimes regarded as one of a group of treatment aproaches called neuromuscular therapy or NMT.




Joint Mobilizations


Joint mobilization, performed by a massage therapist, is a gentle and safe alternative to joint manipulation, performed by a chiropractor. Joint mobilization is done when a bone, or individual vertebrae, is moved in order to release painful tension, stiffness, chronic pain, and in some cases to improve the range of motion of a joint. Joint mobilizations consist of joint play, traction and gliding mobilizations.




Myofascial Release


Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. Practitioners of myofascial release employ long stretching strokes meant to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve pain.





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