types of massage therapy

types of massage therapy

As licensed clinical massage therapists we have the knowledge, skills and experience to work with a wide variety of conditions such as chronic muscular tension, pain management, headaches, TMJ Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Whiplash, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sports Injuries, Insomnia, Digestive disorders and circulatory problems, pregnancy,geriatric and cancer patients (list is not all inclusive).

  • Swedish Massage Techniques utilizes long, flowing strokes, often but not necessarily in the direction of the heart. Six basic strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, compression and vibration are designed to increase circulation and blood flow. Oil, cream, or lotion is applied on the skin to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes.
  • Trigger Point Therapy applies pressure to specific points, areas of a muscle that refers pain sensations to other parts of the body, leading to immediate release of tension and improved muscular functioning.
  • Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique that seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Using their hands, therapists apply mild, sustained pressure to gently stretch and soften the fascia. Myofascial release is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries and scoliosis, among other conditions.
  • Deep Tissue/Sports Massage is a form of bodywork, benefiting any person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue manipulation to increase performance, relax muscle spasm/strain, assists the body’s own healing process, injury prevention, speeds the recovery process from injury. Hydrotherapy uses water in its three forms-liquid, solid or vapor-in the treatment of the body.
  • AIS Active Isolated Stretching AIS is a specific stretching program developed by Aaron Mattes over 30 years ago. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.  Effective in treating: Hamstrings lower strain or tear, Golfer’s Elbow, Tennis Elbow, Osgood-Shlatter’s Disease, shoulder impingement, Tenosynovitis and much more.
  • Muscle Energy Technique Muscle energy technique is a non-invasive method of manual therapy. It is said to help with relieving pain, fixing joint issues, reducing edema and improving a person’s range of motion. It is based on reciprocal inhibition, which is a theory that describes how muscles react. Based on reciprocal inhibition, the muscles located to one side of a joint relax when the muscles on the other side of the joint contract. For this therapy, an indirect type of pressure, referred to as anti-force, is applied to the muscle, facilitating the relax/contract effect and optimal stretching. Essentially, the muscle energy technique uses the patient’s muscle energy against anti-force, which is a stationary surface that the therapist provides. This enables the patient to stretch his muscle and the accompanying joint fully. The idea is that each contraction will stretch the muscle further.
  • Pregnancy Massage- advanced training
    Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). A note from you Doctor clearing you for massage is required prior to any session.
  • Oncology Massage- advanced training
    An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

A properly trained massage therapist will ask questions about these issues and more, depending on your unique situation.  Many of the changes that will be made to your session will be virtually imperceptible to you as a recipient (and others may be quite obvious), but they are essential to safety and proper support of your well being.