Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a therapeutic technique that focuses primarily on releasing tension in the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. Your therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes to focus pressure on the fascia, and on muscles and tendons deep under your skin.
The therapist may apply gentle but sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer, and may also use firmer pressure to reach and achieve release in deeper key areas.
Your therapist will tailor the massage technique to achieve the result you need, while ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the session.
Deep tissue is particularly effective for painful, stiff trouble spots in your body, relieving and managing chronic pain and patterns of tension, helping with muscle injuries.
The benefits of deep tissue massage:
- Relief from chronic pain – lower back, carpel tunnel, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, among others
- Improved recovery from injury. Deep scar tissue formed as injured muscles, tendons and ligaments heal can impact mobility and range of motion. Deep tissue massage can resolve these problems.
- Reduces muscle soreness, acute pain and tightness and spasms from physical activity.
- Deep tissue massage releases serotonin, and reduces harmful blood cortisol levels, lowering stress and heart rate, and improving mood.
The lymphatic system is a network of delicate vessels and ducts throughout the body that form the primary structure of the immune system, filtering and removing wastes, proteins, excess fluid, viruses, and bacteria from the spaces between the cells. Unlike blood, which is pumped through the body by your heart, lymph fluid relies entirely on your body movement to circulate. After surgery, injury or long periods of inactivity, the lymph system can become be compromised, resulting in swelling, excess fluid collection, susceptibility to colds and infections, circulatory problems, and a general loss of energy and well being.
Lymphatic massage, or lymphatic drainage, promotes the movement of lymph fluid. Your therapist uses a rhythmical motion to enhance lymph flow by using specific slow and gentle strokes to stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently, moving lymph fluid in the correct direction and freeing vessel pathways.
Benefits of lymphatic massage include:
- Prevention or treatment of post-surgical swelling – be sure your doctor is involved in your care, and that you have approval for lymphatic drainage
- Improved immunity
- Increased energy
- Clearer, healthier skin with less fluid buildup
- Relief from swelling and sluggishness
Structural integration focuses on the fascia, the connective tissue surrounding and giving shape and structure to the muscles, bones and organs in the body. In a 10-session program, your therapist will apply pressure to the body, working in a systematic way to align and balance the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia to reverse the effects of body misalignment caused by the continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries. Each session builds on the last until complete integration, balance and alignment of the body is achieved from front to back, side to side, top to bottom and inside to outside.
Structural integration corrects the natural tendency of the fascia to gradually tighten and change in reaction to injury, poor posture and extended body imbalances, returning the body to its optimal alignment, to eliminate inefficiency, imbalance, stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy.
When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease.
Benefits of structural integration include:
- Efficiency of function
- Effortless good posture
- Ease of breathing
- Increased flexibility, enhanced coordination and improved athletic performance
- A feeling of wellbeing, relief from general pain and discomfort
Trigger Point Massage
Sometimes known as neuromuscular technique, trigger point therapy is a specialized area of deep tissue massage focusing on specific areas of hypersensitivity in a muscle, creating a tiny area where the muscle is in spasm and is unable to relax. This is called ischemic muscle tissue. Typically, painful muscle spasms occur when muscles lack adequate blood flow due to lactic acid accumulation in the muscle, causing soreness, frequently after a strenuous workout or a strain. Trigger point therapy disperses the lactic acid, so the muscle can begin to accept a clean supply of oxygen and blood flow. Since these knotted points are frequently the cause of referral pain, where numbness, tingling and soreness are felt in areas far removed from the seized area, trigger point therapy is particularly suited to complex pain problems such as upper and lower back pain, sciatica-like symptoms, headaches, calf, knee or jaw pain, hip pain, and IT band problems.
Your therapist will use specific techniques to locate the ischemic points, then apply pressure using fingers, knuckles or even an elbow to alleviate the muscle spasm.
You will probably feel that “sweet pain” at first, and you should tell your therapist how it feels – too much, too little, just fine – and your therapist will adjust the pressure accordingly to keep you comfortable during the session.
Trigger point is all about the relief of chronic pain from strain, overuse or after a strenuous workout, working specific points of the body to release toxins into the bloodstream. It’s important to stay well hydrated after this massage to flush out the lactic acid that trigger point works to release.
Sports massage for an athlete draws from several techniques which your therapist will apply based on your particular sport, your training schedule, and your particular needs and objectives. For instance a pre-event runner will have different needs than a golfer, a tennis player, an equestrian or a triathlete, so your therapist will tailor your massage to your individual expectations. Strains that a weightlifter feels will differ from tightness in a hockey goalie’s upper back, and a triathlete’s shoulders will need different work than a baseball pitcher’s will.
Regardless of your sport, benefits of sports massage include:
- Increased blood circulation and lymph flow
- Improved post-workout or post-event recovery time
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Reduced muscle tension and pain
- Lower blood pressure
- Relief from kinks and knots
Studies show that prenatal massage can help to relieve muscle and joint pain, as well as reducing swelling caused by hormonal changes and physical stresses often encountered during pregnancy. By improving lymphatic and blood circulation often affected by hormonal and physical stress during pregnancy. Hormone changes
affect stress and relaxation levels, and studies prove that norenephrine, cortisol, dopamine and serotonin levels are all positively altered through regular massage during pregnancy.
Benefits of prenatal massage include:
- Reduced anxiety and stress
- Improved sense of wellbeing
- Mood regularization and improved cardiovascular health
- Muscle, joint and sciatic pain relief, including lower back and legs
- Better sleep
- Improved circulation