What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a form of manual therapy. Your therapist will use different techniques and pressure to relieve tension and restriction in the muscles and fascia/connective tissue of the body. By releasing restrictions in these tissues, we improve mobility, range of motion, circulation and healing, as well as relaxing the mind and body.
In addition to reducing pain, massage has been shown to increase circulation, lymphatic circulation, and aids the immune system. It also calms the nervous systems and helps you get into a deep state of relaxation.
Each body is unique, and so is your treatment. During your initial visit, we will assess which combination of techniques will most effectively and efficiently help you, along with your personal preference. We will also recommend frequency and length of treatment moving forward, whether it’s to treatment-oriented or for general wellness.
If you’d like a full-body massage, we recommend you book an 80 minute massage so we have time to get to everything.
You can also choose to focus on certain problem areas instead of full-body. Just let your therapist know! Proper draping is practiced at all times.
Massage Therapy Techniques
Your session will include a mix of techniques to treat injury, pain and imbalance, as well as relaxation massage, depending on your needs and preferences. These include:
Swedish massage is a gentle technique using long strokes, kneading and sometimes passive joint movements to loosen tight muscles and promote relaxation. Pressure is generally lighter.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage, as the name indicates, may use similar techniques with more pressure than Swedish. To get deep into your muscles, we may use elbows, knuckles, or deep stretching to release contracted and tight areas and increase blood flow. Your therapist will work with you to find the perfect pressure, and please let them know if it needs to be lighter or deeper!
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are specific and predictable knots in muscles that produce pain patterns called “referral pain.” By releasing the knots in these muscles, we can relieve the pain, improve movement and correct postural imbalances. Incorporated throughout your massage, this is done by direct, sustained pressure into the trigger points until they soften and release.
Myofascial Release is gentle, sustained pressure into the fascia and connective tissues of the body to release restrictions, reduce pain and improve range of motion. It is a gentle, safe, and extremely effective technique that addresses a different layer of tissue than massage.
By working with these tissues, we are able to address many different levels of restriction in the tissues of the body and achieve deeper, lasting results, even with chronic injury.
Similar to deep tissue massage, sports massage is deep work focused on preventing injuries, treating injuries or helping to prep athletes for events. It may involve more stretching and passive range of motions, and be targeted to specific areas.
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
Prenatal massage, when practiced by a specially trained therapist, is a safe and effective supportive therapy during pregnancy. It helps alleviate many discomforts of pregnancy from sore back to headaches to stress. It helps reduce pain, increase lymphatic and blood circulation, reduce swelling and improve mood. Regular prenatal massage has been shown to aid in natural delivery and recovery.
Postpartum massage, which can start a few days after delivery, is so helpful in recovery from pregnancy and delivery. It is helpful in all the same ways it is prenatally, but also can help alleviate anxiety and depression, regulate hormones and decrease fluid retention. Plus, it’s so easy to forget to take care of yourself once your baby arrives. Massage is a wonderful and healthy way to take care of you, too.