What massage techniques do you use?

We get asked that question quite often, and with good reason! Depending on each individual, our therapists will use different techniques to give you the best care. Here are some of the common techniques that we use. DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: Techniques that are applied with more pressure, with the intent to release areas of chronic muscle tension. The goal of deep tissue massage is to alter muscle tightness and restriction in order to decrease tension. SWEDISH MASSAGE: Smooth, flowing strokes, usually with less pressure, designed to promote overall relaxation. MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUES (MFR): “Myofascial” refers to the blend of connective tissue and muscle that make up the layered “fabric” of our bodies. Due to injury, diet, lack of movement or congenital problems, this fabric can get “stuck” to underlying layers, causing restriction, tension and pain. Myofascial techniques focus on unsticking these layers to promote greater ease. [Rick specializes in MFR techniques] SPORTS MASSAGE TECHNIQUES: Gentle rocking, stretching and compressions designed to loosen or warm up muscle tissue and joints. PRENATAL MASSAGE: Prenatal massage provides a safe and effective way to address the most common complaints associated with pregnancy discomfort. Our Massage therapists can aid moms-to-be by improving circulation, relieving mental and physical fatigue, and addressing recurring problems such as leg cramps, sciatica, lower back pain, and water retention in the feet and ankles. With the aid of our bodyCushion™, pregnant women can safely and comfortably be positioned in the prone or side-lying positions. It is always recommended that a woman consult her doctor before receiving bodywork during pregnancy. [Danielle specializes in Prenatal massage] INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION (IASTM) OR GUA SHA: This technique involves using hand held instruments to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions in soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves). Once the damaged areas are detected, the instruments are used to deliver a controlled microtrauma to the affected area. The purpose is to stimulate a local inflammatory response, which initiates reabsorption of excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities. Adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain, are broken down, allowing the patient to regain function. It is beneficial for breaking down scar tissue, increasing range of motion, and decreasing pain. [Blake & Danielle specialize in IASTM] CUPPING: Cupping relaxes your muscles and is great for stimulating the flow of blood and lymph to problem areas. It is often helpful for our clients with back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, or other aches. [Bekah specializes in Cupping techniques] INTRAORAL TECHNIQUES FOR TMJ AND HEADACHES: Involves the muscles and soft tissue on or around the jaw, face, cranium, neck, throat, shoulders, and inside and outside of the mouth. A mixture of craniosacral and myofascial techniques to release tension and promote balance. Gentle, slow movements are used to release the muscles and fascia of chewing and associated structures. [Rick specializes in Intraoral techniques]
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