Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (light touch), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (compression), and vibration. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes.
Deep Tissue Massage
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 chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back 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. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a form of deep tissue massage that is very effective for pain relief. It is also known as myofascial trigger point therapy. Speaking of "muscle knots" really refers to myofascial trigger points. There are no actual knots involved, of course. A trigger point (TrP) is a small patch of tightly contracted muscle, or an isolated spasm affecting just a small patch of muscle tissue (not a whole-muscle spasm like a “charlie horse” or cramp). That small patch of knotted muscle and/or connective tissue cuts off its own blood supply, which irritates it even more — a vicious cycle called “metabolic crisis.” A collection of too many nasty trigger points is called myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). Individual TrPs and MPS can cause a truly spectacular amount of discomfort — far more than most people believe is possible — as well as some surprising side effects. During trigger point therapy, the therapist presses on and stretches the muscles to ensure full range of motion, thus preventing them from referring pain to other body regions. The therapist relies on referred pain patterns to guide their treatment. At times, the release of these trigger points can be uncomfortable, but the lasting change can be felt within days following a session. Therapy also includes customized self-care training on muscle compression, range of motion, and posture muscle strengthening techniques.
Sports massage is designed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training.
But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.
Sports massage is a type of Swedish Massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use Trigger Point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
There are four types of sports massages:
* Pre-event sports massage - a short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
* Post-event sports massage - given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
* Restorative sports massage - given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
* Rehabilitative sports massage - aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
Thai Yoga Bodywork
For centuries, Thai massage has been used as an important healing tool in the treatment of muscular-skeletal problems, internal medical conditions, neurological complaints, and emotional distress, among other things. Some benefits include increased mobility, blood circulation, muscle relaxation, mind
and body concentration and detoxification of the body. A massage consists of much more than a few techniques for rubbing the body and relaxing the muscles; Practitioners of Thai massage actually combine yoga-stretches, muscle massage, stimulation of the meridians using acupressure and manipulation of body joints. Some techniques require therapists to use their feet, elbows, and knees in addition to their hands. When Thai Massage is performed in gentle, rhythmic movements, the client receives an energizing, balanced, and dynamic experience benefiting the body and soul. Several aspects of Thai massage that make it markedly different from what Westerners typically considered to be a massage. Thai massage is usually performed with the client wearing loose fitting clothing while lying on a cotton mat on the floor; no oils or lotions are utilized, and the session usually lasts a minimum of 90 minutes. For a brief video of what this modality looks like, click here.
Most office-related physical symptoms can be attributed to loss of circulation. Tight muscles caused by stress and sitting behind a desk all day can impede blood and lymph flow. The result is mental fogginess, decreased energy and susceptibility to repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Chair massage counters the circulatory problems inherent with office work—and provides a appreciated break for employees. Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a gentle respite for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor.
Chair Massage is the perfect ingredient to liven up any event:
• Holiday parties–Giving the gift of massage shows you care.
• Employee recognition events–Top performers and hard working employees appreciate massages, especially during and after completing grueling projects.
• Employee health fairs–Model good health by providing wellness services to employees.
• Athletic events–Massage helps relive muscle soreness.
• Charity events and membership drives–Inspire attendees to give to a great cause.
• Promotional events: Industry conferences, product launches, fund raising events, grand openings.
• Condominium or tenant appreciation events–Residents will appreciate the special touch of a massage.
• Social Events: Bridal showers, birthday parties, anniversaries, graduation parties–Giving the gift of massage shows you care.
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Posture Alignment Therapy
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