Massage Techniques

Therapeutic Massage- Therapeutic Massage incorporates a variety of massage techniques use to loosen muscles, improve muscle tone, increase flexibility and relieve pain. This technique is great for a persons overall well-being, as well as conditions such as anxiety and high blood pressure. Therapeutic massage is generally given with light to firm pressure.


Swedish/ Relaxation Massage- Swedish massage tends to focus on relaxation of the entire body. Includes soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on the top layers of muscles. Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing and promotes calmness to the nervous system while relaxing muscular tension.

Myofascial Release- Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Treatment is usually performed with little to no oil, cream or lotion with slow sustained pressure applied in an outward direction meant to elongate the fascia.


Neuromuscular Therapy(Trigger point, NMT)- Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of manual massage in which digital pressure is applied directly on and/or around the trigger point along to release areas of strain in a muscle. Strain areas are called tender or trigger points, and they tend to be the cause of ongoing muscular pain symptoms.


Deep Tissue- Deep tissue is not just deeper work or more pressure. This type of massage can treat musculoskeletal issues and chronic problems and is used to reach deeper layers of the muscle and fascia(the connective tissue). Deep tissue massage starts with lighter pressure and will include other techniques used to warm up and prepare the muscles for the more invasive work needed. Many times a technique called stripping will be used along with friction. Stripping involves deep, gliding pressure along the muscle fibers to elongate the tissues. Friction is used across the grain of a muscle to release or breakup adhesions.


Transverse Friction- This technique is also known as cross-fiber friction in which friction is applied back and forth in different directions directly over a collagen fiber or tendon. Transverse Friction promotes optimal collagen healing by increasing circulation and decreasing collagen cross-linking. 
This therapy also help in decreasing the formation of adhesions and scar tissue.


PNF Stretching- PNF stands for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. During this technique, passive stretching and/or gentle resistance stretching is used to break holding patterns in a muscle. Breaking that holding pattern in a muscle can reset the muscle and to provide more flexibility, overall lengthening and improved range of motion. PNF stretching along with sustained or gliding pressure can encourage the muscle to "let go" in an area holding a lot of tension.