Massage therapy is a method of manipulating the soft tissues of the body for purposes of normalizing those tissues or creating a relaxation response. Deep tissue massage is a more focused type of therapy that aims to release areas of tension, or "knots," in the deeper levels of musculature.
Deep Tissue Massage refers to various regimens or massage styles that are directed toward the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. The aim is to affect the various layers of fascia that support muscle tissues and lossen bonds between the layers of connective tissues. Specifically, therapists work to release adhesions, which are rigid bands of tissue that can cause pain and chronic tension and restrict motion.
Deep tissue massage is generally used to target a specific area of pain, stiffness or reduced function, primarily by breaking down adhesions that often form as a response to injury. They can cause reduced range of motion and chronic pain. Some of the conditions for which deep tissue massage may be helpful include: fibromyalgia, sports or other injuries to muscles such as strains, sprains or pulls; pain from osteoarthritis or other bone conditions; or repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome
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Swedish massage is light relaxing massage helping get the blood flowing and destress vs Deep Tissue is medium-deep pressure used to work the knots and aches out of the muscles. Many ask which is best for them and the answer all depends on if you are coming to relax and destress (swedish) or if coming to get rid of achy muscles and knots (deep tissue). If getting headaches then best to concentrate on neck, shoulders most to loosen the tight muscles
The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
The usual sequence in which a swedish massage strokes are conducted are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passiveand active movements (bending and stretching).
Pregnancy can be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. (Danielle knows this first hand, as she has an 8-year-old daughter!)
Pregnancy Massage may be beneficial in promoting relaxation, soothing nerves, and relieving strained back and leg muscles, during a normal, healthy pregnancy. An overall feeling of well-being can be instilled by massage to both the mother and unborn child.
Massage has many scientifically proven health benefits such as stimulating the blood and lymph systems, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins; stabilizing hormonal levels; and adding tone and flexibility to muscles -- all of which enhance the health of both you and your baby. As pregnancy progresses, your body adjusts to a changing alignment caused by the baby's increasing weight. This puts strain on your back and legs and increases stress on weight-bearing joints. Massage increases flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms. The effects of relaxation and tension release add to improvement in the physical state of muscles and joints, and assist in balancing emotions.
Massage is not recommended for those whom experience toxemia or pre-eclampsia as a complication of pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia is a condition of pregnancy related to increased blood pressure in the mother that affects the placenta.
Tru Massage uses a special table that angles up so you can lie on your back angled while we work on your head, neck, arms, and legs then have you turn onto your left side if comfortable to work on your back
Massage does wonders for Headaches! Majority of headaches are caused from tension in neck/ shoulders or build of up knots causing pressure on nerves. Massage can help with this by really working on neck and shoulders. We had wonderful results with migraine clients.
Migraine headaches occur when blood vessels around the temples and base of the skull become enlarged, causing a chemical release that inflames the vessels, muscles and nerves in the head and neck. Besides pain, nausea, diarrhea and sensitivity to light can occur and last for hours or days. According to 2006 information on the American Massage Therapy Association website, 45 million Americans suffered from frequent migraines. If you are included in this number, you know how maddening and painful they can be; however, you may not have known that they can be treated by massage.
As a whole, massage therapy has shown to improve many ailments, such as pain, poor circulation and migraines. Studies from the Touch Research Institute indicate that people who receive regular massage have reduced migraine symptoms, increased sleep quality, increased serotonin levels and fewer migraines. There are several different massage therapies that are effective in reducing migraine symptoms
Trigger points are painful knots that develop in the muscle due to a build-up of lactic acid or other toxins in the body. Trigger-point therapy works by applying firm-to-deep pressure on the trigger point to release toxins, decreasing and eventually eliminating the knot, which in turn relieves the pain. Although trigger-point therapy is more invasive than other massage therapies and can be a painful treatment, it offers relief to migraine sufferers
What is a Hot Stone Massage?
Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times, but it wasn't until Arizona massage therapist Mary Nelson introduced her hot stone massage technique, called LaStone Therapy, that the use of hot stones for massage caught on.
Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms to Olympic training. Growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.
Anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, tennis and other racquet sports, strength training and aerobics can benefit from a massage. There are others who does strenuous activities in a day that is not normally classified as exercise. Examples are mothers with small children, gardeners, and others who use their bodies strenuously in their work.
Incorporating massage in your conditioning program has many benefits. It helps you get into good shape faster, and with less stiffness and soreness. It helps you recover faster from heavy workouts, and relieves conditions which may cause injury.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...