Therapeutic massage is being prescribed more frequently by physicians to complement traditional treatment for injury, illness and pain as a growing body of research documents its efficacy.
Conditions treated include:
Stress Anxiety and depression
Arthritis Headaches due to muscle tension
Muscular pain with pregnancy
Massage Specialties Swedish Massage - Uses long strokes, kneading and friction applied to the superficial muscle layers to promote relaxation and circulation. Often used for full-body massage.
Deep Muscle Connective Tissue Massage - Uses deep pressure and slow strokes to release chronic tension and contraction in specific areas of the body. Also may be used for full-body massage.
Trigger Point Therapy - Uses deep pressure at tender areas called trigger points. May be used in cases of chronic soft tissue pain.
Shiatsu Acupressure - Uses pressure at specific acupuncture points to enhance the energy flow through the body. Once energy balance has been re-established, pain relief often follows.
Sports Massage - Uses massage to prepare an athlete's body for competition or to help the body recover from athletic activity.
Pregnancy Massage - For pregnant women (0 - 9 months) that helps to facilitate the stages the body is moving through in a relaxing, healthy way.
Lymphatic Drainage - The art of stimulating lymph nodes and gently massaging the lymph vessels in order to speed up lymphatic flow. This may benefit in decreasing swelling, increasing immunity and detoxification.
Visceral Manipulation - The art of massaging the abdominal organs to boost immunity, decrease toxicity, aid in postural alignment and general health of the digestive system.
Myofascial Massage - Massage focused on the connective tissues of the body; generally geared toward observing body movement patterns and helping the tissue unwind into a more balanced state.
Intra-Oral Massage - A massage technique applied inside the mouth to relieve jaw pain, ear aches, neck stiffness and some sinus issues.
PNF - A type of body work therapy that helps the muscle and brain work in better synchronicity. This technique is applied when range of motion issues crop up, as well as general pain and stiffness that is region specific. Helps retrain the muscle to work at full capacity and resets the muscle and tendon memory.
Thai Massage - Uses compression and thumbing to stimulate acupressure points along the meridians. Thai massage also utilizes unique stretches that resemble the postures of Hatha Yoga. This is a passive technique that is traditionally performed on a mat, on the floor, in loose fitting clothing.
Xff: Cross Fiber Friction - massaging across the muscle fibers to break up adhesions.