Massage Styles

  • Deep tissue mobilization is a manual therapy technique, or hands on physical therapy that is used to release tightness in fascia, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue structures. Deep Tissue Mobilization is basically soft tissue mobilization applied at a greater depth or with more force to release more severely restricted structures. This treatment can be slightly painful temporarily but can achieve dramatic results if applied correctly. DTM can relieve tightness in muscles, fascia and joints. Restrictions in joints and soft tissue can impair normal movement and/or cause painful movement. Excessive tightness in these structures may also restrict the flow of blood, lymph, and disrupt nerve signals in the area. DTM is often used to restore joint function after an injury.

  • Sports massage is not a specific technique, but applying whatever type of massage that you know to athletes. It requires extra training in anatomy and physiology as well as working with injuries. A sports massage therapist will need to have an understanding of how the body moves and works during the many sporting events.

    Sports Massage can be applied:

    *Pre-Event – Before the actual sports event.

    *Post-Event- After the actual sports event

    During Training for achieving maximum performance and preventing injuries. To help heal injuries and get athletes back on the road faster.

  • Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about 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.

    A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.

  • Myofascial Release is a form of massage therapy that involves stretching and manipulating connective tissue or fascia of the body. This is done through mild sustained pressure from the therapist’s hands to the fascia. This works to reduce tension and soften the tissue. Fascia is unique, in that it covers and connects all of the body’s muscles and bones and can store memories of physical trauma. Because of this relationship with the body, trauma, inflammation, scarring and repetitive stress can cause tightening of the fascia — resulting in abnormal pressure on other parts of the body (e.g. nerves, vessels, organs). Myofascial Release works to release these tensions and knots. This therapy is commonly used to treat recurring sports injuries, scoliosis, headaches, neck and back pain, recurring emotional and physical pain, as well as to increase flexibility and mobility.

  • Joint mobilization is a passive movement of a joint to restore motion or relieve pain. Small oscillatory motions that do not stretch the capsular or other soft tissue structures are often used for reducing pain, while larger (grade III or IV) oscillatory or sustained motions are used to stretch structures and restore accessory or joint play motions. Movements are slow enough that the patient can voluntarily stop them.

  • NRT is comprehensive soft tissue manipulation techniques that are designed to balance and stabilize the body’s relationship between its central nervous system and its musculoskeletal system. Once balance and stability are achieved the body can become the self sufficient, healing machine that it is designed to be, thus, eliminating painful re-occurring conditions forever. Relieve 50-80% of your pain on the first visit. 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    Chronic pain debilitates performance as well as the simple activities of daily living. The main problem that NRT looks for in damaged muscle tissue is a condition called ischemia. This simply means a lack of blood within a muscle and is one of the biggest reasons for muscular pain. Over time as muscles compensate to protect us they will undergo many unhealthy changes. The more a muscle protects the tighter it will become, thus, squeezing everything within it like a garden hose, namely blood vessels. This will greatly restrict the amount of blood that flows through that muscle. Blood means many things to our body, but the thing it means most to our muscle tissue is oxygen. Muscles are workers and they need to breath. Imagine how irritated and unhealthy you would become if you had to continually work in a physical environment without enough air. Oxygen is the foundation of a healthy muscle. This is the absolute key to the overall success of NRT.

    The muscle tissue that has been targeted for treatment will now undergo very specific and intense hands on therapy. Once ischemic tissue has been identified the tissue will be manipulated so that blood flow can be restored. This is accomplished through very precise pressure applied to the effected muscle. The depth of pressure depends on the condition of the area, as some areas can tolerate much more pressure than others. The greatest thing about NRT is that your brain literally guides the therapist through this entire process and eliminates any “guesswork” that typically plagues traditional pain relief methods.  NRT is not a “cure all” miraculous new invention; it is simply the most logical place to begin.

  • 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 reduce referral 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 point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

    The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

  • PreNatal Massage: Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

    Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.

    Benefits of prenatal massage:

    Hormone Regulation

    Improvement of Sciatic nerve pain

    Reduced back pain

    Reduced joint pain

    Improved circulation

    Reduced edema (swelling)

    Reduced muscle tension and headaches

    Reduced stress and anxiety

    Better sleep