Different Types of Massage Therapy

Rehabilitative Massage – Rehabilitative massage is designed to support healing of injuries and restoring full range of motion. Active Release, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular Therapy are examples of rehabilitative massage techniques that locate the source of spasms and tension. The therapist focuses on these muscles to restore them to their natural state.

Gua Sha  Treatment - Muscle scraping is a traditional Acupuncture technique. There are tools used to release adhesions and scar tissue in muscle and fascia, the thin coverings holding your muscles together under your skin. Gua Sha can be used for everything from tight neck or low back muscles to headaches, nerve impingements like carpal tunnel, and chronic pain or tightness post injury or post-surgery due to scarring.

Cupping - Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Patients receive this for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Reiki - Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use hands above the body or  hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

Trager - The Trager approach is a form of somatic education. The Trager approach is used to help release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.

Thai Massage - Thai massage is done on a floor mat or massage table, the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. Sometimes referred to as assisted yoga. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure.

Acutonics - Acutonics is a healing modality that uses vibrational sound based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tuning forks that are calibrated to match the hertz and tones of our natural universe help to restore the body to a balanced and healthy state through use on acupuncture points, chakras, and the body’s energy fields. The sound can also be applied to specific areas such as tight muscles to release tension and congestion combined with massage for better results.

Pregnancy Massage - Pregnancy massage is a type of massage therapy in which the therapist is trained specific to the needs of a pregnant woman. A woman's body changes as the baby grows, this massage can benefit those changes relieving discomfort and stress.

Neuromuscular therapy - is a manual therapy for pain management, rehabilitation and prevention. It is a treatment for myofascial trigger points, which are small contractions in muscle fibers that cause pain, weakness and discomfort in a referred area. There are a number of techniques that are used within the scope of Neuromuscular Therapy including trigger points, deep tissue, PNF.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is an advanced form of flexibility training, which involves both the stretching and contracting of the muscle group being targeted. PNF stretching is one of the most effective forms of stretching for improving flexibility and increasing range of motion. Helping the patient get better results with assisted stretching than they can achieve on their own.

Lymphatic Massage - The Lymphatic system’s job is to detoxify bodily fluids before they are circulated into the blood stream. The Lymphatic system moves the fluids through the body and then to the liver. Toxemia and swelling is a result of the Lymphatic system not working properly. Lymphatic massage reduces muscle swelling, which increases blood flow, which in turn supports proper Lymphatic system functioning.

Relaxation Massage – The goal of a relaxation massage to is relax you. This type of massage is gentle and less intense that some of the other styles. The therapist gently works the upper layers of the muscle tissue to increase relaxation. Relaxation massage is a total experience as it is preformed in a space with dim lighting, relaxing music, and soft touch.

Myofascial Release - Myofascial release involves applying gentle, sustained pressure to the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions. The massage relaxes the contracted muscles and increases venous and lymphatic drainage. Myofascial release treats somatic dysfunction and relieves the accompanying pain and limited range of motion.

Sports Massage — Sports massage works on the connective tissue and deep muscle structures. The massage is applied using hard and deep strokes, combined with finger pressure. Sports massage is specifically designed to increase flexibility and prevent injuries. It is specifically designed for the types of injuries obtained during athletic activity.

Swedish massage - Swedish massage is the most traditional of all techniques. It consists of a combination of five basic strokes - effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration which are used to facilitate circulation and relaxation. 

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