Trigger points are contracted areas within fascia and muscle that can refer pain to other parts of the body. For example: trigger points located in the shoulder can be the source of pain in your neck and forehead.
Trigger points have been thoroughly researched and documented by Janet Travel, MD and David Simmon, MD. They wrote Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual a book that has become a powerful tool for therapists to locate and treat trigger points.
Your massage therapists may use a combination of static compression and stretching to release and diffuse trigger points. In most cases great improvement can be experienced after one session however in severe cases additional treatments may be necessary. This type of massage might not be seen as a relaxation technique, it requires communication of presence and intensity of pain between client and therapist.
Deep Tissue Massage is a therapeutic massage technique that focuses on manipulating the deeper layers of muscle. Deep Tissue Therapists use a combination of deep slow massage strokes, direct deep pressure, cross fibber friction and stretching.
Swedish massage was first taught in 1814 by Per Henrik Ling and has continued to prove its amazing ability to soothe the body and relax the mind.Swedish Massage relaxes your entire body. Your massage therapist will use long gliding massage strokes combined with more specific massage techniques to aid in the return of blood to the heart.
Swedish massage is a relaxing way to:
-aid in the elimination of metabolic waste
-improve blood oxygen levels
Sports Massage is best known for improving training, prevention of injury, helping to reach a state of optimal performance as well as recovery and rehabilitation of the body's soft tissues.
A Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage
Sports Massage utilizes a combination of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, stretching and Myofascial Release. Sports massage therapists will generally focus on problem areas instead of a thorough full body massage.
Sports Massage is not only beneficial for athletes. It can be a very effective way to treat injuries, chronic pain, muscle cramps, muscle spasm and restricted range of motion. If you would like to know how sports massage could work for you, ask one of our therapists.
Swedish Massage is one of the most popular modalities of massage utilized today.
Pre-natal massage can be very beneficial for relieving the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. It can also help relieve the anxiety and stress some mothers-to-be can be experiencing. It is best to wait until the first trimester has past before beginning a massage regimen. Always check with your doctor before having pre-natal massage as there are some medical contraindications.
This technique is specifically designed to release chronic patterns of muscle/fascia tension and breaking up scar tissue with the intention of enhancing your bodies ability to heal its own self.
Deep Tissue Massage benefits include:
-release of chronic tension
-improved range of motion
-improved muscle function
-decreased scar tissue
Your Deep Tissue Therapist will ask for your input on pressure, working on the level that is appropriate for you. The intention is to release chronic pain, not to inflict pain. Deep massage techniques might cause some soreness during and after your massage session. In cases where there is a large amount of scar tissue and/or excessive muscle tension soreness may linger for a day or two before experiencing the desired result. This can be a normal response and you can relieve this soreness and enhance the effects of your massage with some gentle stretching.