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Traditional massage therapy intended for relaxation and relief of muscle tension. Composed of long flowing, effleurage strokes with some kneading, tapotement, friction and rocking. Pressure may vary from light to firm with each clients wishes.
This style of massage therapy includes strokes similar to Swedish and Sports Therapy but with a much deeper pressure and slower pace. Static pressure on trigger points (areas of build-up that often refer pain to other areas) is a key focus here affecting not just muscle but connective tissue/fascia. This allows for a longer lasting relief of chronic muscle tension and holding patterns.
Intended to prepare the muscles for sport or to help speed recovery post-activity, this massage therapy style involves more vigorous, energetic strokes with active and passive stretching to relieve tightness and quickly move toxins created during activity through the body.
A trigger point is a tight area in muscle tissue that causes pain to radiate or refer to another area in the body. Trigger Point Therapy targets these spots, holds static pressure and some kneading to help release these areas of tension thereby relieving referred pain as well.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that can be either hands-on or hands-off and will usually vary throughout the session. It is effective in maximizing the bodies innate healing capacity. It can also be used in combination with regular massage and is particularly useful with Cranial Sacral Therapy. A session can be extremely relaxing and rejuvenating. Reiki is a great tool for stress, anxiety and pain reduction as well as relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including Migraine Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Motor-Coordination Impairment, Central Nervous System Disorders, Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Scoliosis, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Difficulties, chronic fatigue, Stress and Tension-Related Problems and many more. CST is not a cure, it is a modality that facilitates our innate healing capacity.
DYNAMIC STRETCHING AND MOBILIZATION
Dynamic Stretching and Mobilization massage is an interactive modality where the client will be asked to participate in some of the techniques and thereby empowering the client to help maximize the effectiveness of their bodywork. Studies have shown that those who are active participants in their own healthcare show better outcomes of practices used. The active techniques used are PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), reciprocal inhibition, and integrative release techniques. Techniques that require less active client participation are also employed. These are passive stretching (practitioner moves client through range of motion), joint mobilization, and various massage therapy strokes such as effleurage, friction, cross-fiber, myofascial release and trigger point work.
Lotion/oil may be used but this is a mostly “dry” service performed most often with client clothed in shorts or sports bra and underwear to allow modesty while performing a variety of stretches.
Who would this benefit?
This technique would most benefit those who are seeking to increase joint mobility, flexibilty and range of motion in areas that suffer from chronic overuse or underuse, scar tissue and old injury deficits. This would also be greatly beneficial as part of a maintenance plan for athletes who train at high intensity on a regular basis. Many of these techniques are employed by top level athletes and their trainers.