What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client:
- Increased blood flow
- Stress relief
- Increases flexibility
- Effective treatment chronic pain
- Assists in recovery from injuries and illness
- Reduces tension headaches
- Reduces mental stress
Sports Massage Treatments
Sports massage is very helpful for professional athletes, weekend warriors, injury prevention and treatment, or anyone looking for specific treatment for an area of concern. It is a great way to keep muscles loose, increase flexibility, reduce injuries and improve recovery time. Sports massage can be easily integrated into your training program with treatments based on your schedule. As with athletic therapy, sports massage focuses on specific areas of the body to improve the performance of an individual in sport. They target areas that can limit performance or areas that are prone to injury.
Medical Massage Treatments
Medical massage will focus on the issue you are having and try to find the cause of your pain. Whether it be trigger points, muscular imbalances or postural distortions your therapist will not only help alleviate your pain during your session but will give you tips that will help you keep improving even after your visit.
During a medical massage treatment that may be used are:
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Trigger Point Massage
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- PNF Stretching
- Myofascial Release
- Lymphatic Drainage for swelling and more