What can Massage Therapy Do For You?Massage therapy and bodywork treatments have a wide range of benefits and can help regulate and heal many conditions. This list is extensive but by no means complete:
- Alleviate back pain
- Increase range of motion
- Ease medical dependence
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles
- To prepare for or recover from strenous workouts and events
- Increase joint flexibility
- Reduce depression and anxiety
- Promote tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation, scar tissue and stretch marks
- Increase blood circulation to improve the amounts of oxygen and nutrition fed to the tissues and vital organs
- Reduce postsurgery adhestions and swelling
- Reduce muscle spasms and cramping
- Relieve headaches and migraine pain
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue massage is a treatment focused on the tension deep within a muscle and the surrounding fascia. It is frequently used to treat chronic pain, recovery from injury and to increase range of motion. Some common ailments treated with Deep Tissue massage are stiff neck, headaches, thoracic outlet syndrome, numbness or tingliness, upper and lower back pain, sciatica, restless legs, plantar fasciaitis.. and the list goes on.
Deep Tissue Massage works by breaking up adhesions between muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Adhesions can be caused by an injury, accumulation of scar tissue or something as trivial as lack of movement. Adhesions can restrict muscle function and cause improper movement patterns throughout the body. By applying pressure and tissue manipulations, the therapist is able to break up these blockages and support the restoration of normal body function.
Communication is very important with your therapist. You should always tell them if things hurt or if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.
What is Craniosacral massage?
Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) is a type of massage work that addresses the nervous system. If you were to have someone poke a finger into your muscle, your muscle would have a tendency to tighten in defense. This is because your nervous systems has picked up on the physical sensation of an intrusive force and has issued a response. For this reason, Cranio Sacral is very light pressure, and is considered by some people as a type of energy work. It is often described as being very relaxing, grounding. Some people also experience spontaneous emotional release.
As described by Upledger Institute:
"CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction."
What is Ashiatsu Massage?
Ashiatsu massage is a form of massage performed with the feet! It is a very deep, heavy, broad pressure used over the body. If you have ever been dissatisfied after asking your therapist for more pressure, this will be a win for you!
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a type of energy healing. It is similar to Johrei in that the practicioner acts as a conduit for pure love and compassion. That energy is then tunneled into the recipient with no specific intention. The practitioner releases the energy for the highest good of the recipient and does not try to control where it goes. It is akin to being blanketed and soaked in compassion.
What is Chakra Balancing?
There are many chakras that can be found in and around the human body. Theses chakras are energy centers and can become attached to different emotions and negative energies. The attached energies cause blockages and prevent or hinder the flow of energy from moving healthily within our bodies. Clearing the chakras can be done in many ways, using stones, words, visualizations, salts or strong intention.