Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is an umbrella name that covers different types of massage strokes to manipulate the body’s soft tissues in order to relax and provide pain and stress relief.

Swedish massage is the basis of Massage Therapy, along with other types of techniques, such as: Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Joint Play.

Swedish Massage

massage therapy handsThe most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing, and it may even help after an injury.

The four common strokes of Swedish massage are:

  • Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
  • Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
  • Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
  • Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand

Massage therapists use these techniques to provide treatment for a long range of different conditions some of which are:

  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Stress and Relaxation Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Infant and Children Massage
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Conditions that massage therapy can help alleviate are:

  • Muscle & Joint Pain Therapy
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Edema
  • Scar Tissue
  • Strains & Sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendonitis (Tendinitis)
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Torticollis
  • Migraines
  • Fascial and Muscle Imbalances
  • Hyperkyphosis & Scoliosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sinusitis
  • Constipation
  • Sports Injuries /injury prevention

 

Benefits of Massage of Massage Therapy:

  • Reduces or Eliminates Pain and Discomfort
  • Improves Circulation
  • Improves Joint Mobility
  • Reduces Fatigue
  • Improves Immune System Functioning
  • Reduces Stress
  • Reduces Depression
  • Promotes Detoxification
  • Reduces Muscle Tension
  • Increases Body Awareness
  • Promotes Relaxation
  • Improves Sleep Quality

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