Types of Massage

Swedish / Relaxation Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Sports Massage
Pre Post Natal Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Manual Lymph Drainage Massage
Lomi Lomi Massage
Swedish / Relaxation Massage
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Massage has been proven beneficial in reducing muscular pain and tension; relieving lower back pain; lessening depression; reducing sleep disorders, lowering high blood pressure, increasing flexibility, and much more!

Experts believe that 90% of stress accounts for 80-90% of illnesses and disease. As massage is a great stress-reliever, you can see that we can avoid a lot of current, stress-related illnesses via massage therapy.

As mentioned above, there are several reasons why people seek massage. Below are the top ten reasons why most people seek massage:

1. Massage feels great!

Massage can be a wonderful experience for deep relaxation. Post massage leaves your body and mind feeling at ease.

2. Pain Relief

Massage provides significant reduction in back pain, (including lower back pain), migraine headaches, neck aches, shoulder pain, joint pain, overused or sore muscles, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and muscle injuries. A regular massage loosens all this unnecessary tension!

3. Stress!

That overworked, overwhelmed, spaced-out feeling. Massage provides deep relaxation lessening your muscle tension and lowering your blood pressure (by reducing heart and pulse rates). Massage increases your mental clarity, heightens mental alertness, and revitalizes your mind. Massage also increases academic performance and ability to focus on calculations.

4. Combating age

Massage therapy and bodywork improves immune system functioning while relieving muscle aches and stiffness. Massage also enhances tissue elasticity and joint flexibility; improves blood and lymph circulation; and promotes healthy vibrant skin.

5. Calming Emotions

You’d be surprised at the number of people who receive regular massage treatments as an alternative to ‘dealing’ with depression. . Massage therapy increases self-esteem, improves your mood, decreases depression, reduces anxiety, and quiets insomnia. Massage also can ease PMS symptoms.

6. Accelerated Healing

Massage therapy speeds healing of muscles, tissues, and skin. Thus sports massage is used and great for post-workouts, post-surgery, and muscle soreness in general.

7. Increased Flexibility/Mobility

Massage therapy is perfect for people who workout, are physically fit, those who are athletes, elderly, and even pre/post surgery. Massage is wonderful for improving motor skills. Massage therapy also maintains posture in the skeletal system.

8. Removing built up toxins

Massage flushes away waste products from your muscles, tissues, and skin more easily. This helps digestive disorders (such as spastic colon, constipation and intestinal gas).

9. Improving and Maintaining Skin Tone

Massage therapy stimulates skin gland production, leaving clear, healthy skin. Massage to the skin also helps to reduce superficial scar tissue, improving skin condition(s).

10. Better overall health investment, maintenance of optimal health
In summary:

Regular massage will make you look and feel years younger! Massage therapy is so much more than a luxurious way to relax. It is a wise investment in your health and being. Massage certainly should be regarded as proof to your dedication towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Take a mini vacation for an hour or two

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Deep Tissue Massage

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Deep Tissue Massage is applied in a systematic way, concentrating on the deeper layers of the body’s soft tissues. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted area(s). Deep tissue massage therapy is therapeutic as well as corrective, and done properly should cause neither excessive pain for the client nor strain for the therapist. Working deeply does not equate with working harder or with more effort, but is the result of specific deep tissue massage techniques combined with knowledge of the different layers of the body’s soft tissues.

What Is Deep Tissue Massage Therapy?

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The is a term often used by therapists to indicate that they use strong pressure, and won’t just be stroking oil onto the skin. However deep tissue work is not just about the amount of pressure used; it’s true intention is to work on all the layers of the body’s soft tissues and particularly the structure which covers and encases them – the fascia. Injury, illness or prolonged immobility can cause fascia to become stiff, hardened or stuck to adjacent structures. This in turn causes pain, reduced mobility and impaired function. Portions of a treatment can be uncomfortable at times with the possibility of pain, however, a good massage therapist should always respect your pain tolerance levels, and will work with you to find a level of pressure that is comfortable for you.

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Massage techniques for include the use of knuckles, fists, elbows, and forearms. The pace of a deep tissue massage session is usually slower than that of other massage work, to enable the therapist to pick up information from the client’s tissues, assess the best way to address the tension and contractions found, and apply careful and sensitive pressure in order to achieve a comfortable and lasting release.

How Does it Work?

Pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints can be caused by long-term muscle tension, postural imbalance, overuse and injury. All these things can cause muscle fibres to become shortened, tiny pockets of scar tissue to form (fibrosis), and larger areas of scar tissue will get laid down as an injury heals. Shortened muscle fibres also result in reduced blood flow to the area, and inefficient removal of metabolic waste products by the lymphatic system. The net result of this is areas of the soft tissues that become stiff, hardened, and “glued together” in contracted bands – adhesions. Normal movement becomes impossible, and stiffness and pain set in. Deep tissue massage works by gently but firmly working across these bands to separate the tissues again, to lengthen shortened and contracted soft tissue structures, and to encourage efficient circulation to and from the affected area.

Who Benefits From Deep Tissue Massage Therapy?

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This type of massage is highly beneficial for people who suffer from consistent muscle pain, especially in the muscles around the neck, lower back and shoulders. This can be caused by work related postural problems, leisure activities such as gardening, sports and exercise related injuries, and can also be the end-result of long-term emotional stress and tension.   The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage include:

  • release of tension and stiffness from muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and fascia
  • pain relief
  • pain management
  • increased flexibility and suppleness
  • breaks down old scar tissue and adhesions
  • improved mobility, posture and physical performance
  • faster, more efficient recovery from injury and surgery
What to Expect During and After a Session

The technique usually focuses on specific areas. It can be offered in combination with other styles of massage, as a whole-body treatment or concentrated in one area, for example the lower back or shoulders. Your therapist will work with you to find a comfortable level of pressure, and will work with your breathing to help minimize discomfort and get the best possible release from the tissues. When a deep tissue massage is done correctly, the benefits are experienced within the next few days. You may feel rejuvenated, or a bit sore, depending on the particular therapy session. Any stiffness or pain experienced after a deep tissue massage is a completely normal reaction and should subside within 24-72 hours.

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It is advisable to rest and relax as much as possible after your deep tissue massage treatment, take a warm bath, and drink lots of water and/or herbal teas in order to help the body eliminate any waste products that have been released from the soft tissues. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is also to be recommended, for the same reasons.

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Sports Massage

runnerSports Massage is a specialized form of traditional Swedish Massage using pressure along with long, rhythmic strokes to relax muscles. Oils and/or lotions are usually used to reduce friction. With this massage, the therapist will usually concentrate on a specific area, specific to your activity, and may employ massage therapy trigger point techniques to help break up adhesions (knots) in muscles, thus improving range and flexibility. Here are some great ways to enhance your performance.

1. Pre-event Massage

bikeWhen competing in a rigorous event, start your day with a pre-event massage. Use a therapist who knows you and your style of running or competing. The therapist also should be familiar with the sport you are competing in and its various physical challenges. The pre-event massage can be given sometime the day before the event or as soon as 30 minutes before you begin. A massage doesn’t replace your regular warm-up, but rather compliments it by increasing flexibility and warming up the muscles. It also can relieve tension and put you in a better frame of mind. Get a light massage before an event, because deep-tissue massaging irritates the muscles and takes a while to heal.

2. Post-event Massage

weightA post-event massage should be given within an hour or two after you finish the competition. A good massage will flush the system of toxins and lactic acid that have been shaken loose during the exercising. One of the benefits of post-event massage done shortly following a competition is that it helps you to calm down. Your metabolism is in high gear after an event, making you ripe for a cleaning massage. For the massage to be most effective and to avoid adding stress to an already run down athlete, make sure that you are hydrated.

3. Maintenance Massage

hockeyRegular massage when you are not in the midst of a competition will help you to retain flexibility while working out the kinks and knots that training and exercise heap on your muscles. Massage keeps you relaxed. Tight muscles injure easily and massage is a great tool to prevent pulled muscles and twisted joints. Sports massage does not necessarily last as long as a full-body massage, but rather works the area’s most used by the athlete. It focuses attention on well-used areas of the body. Sports massage can also help increase circulation. It pushes the blood through the veins more effectively making healing and repair quicker. Sports massage also helps athletes to maintain a good attitude by easing stress about winning and pushing the body to its limits.

4. Keep the Goal in Sight

swimmingThe main goal of sports massage is to increase performance and keep the body fit and clean. Use a therapist whom you can trust to provide the best bodywork for your particular needs. Stop the massage if you feel any pain or dizziness. If after a pre or post event massage, you feel any additional cramping, you should see a medic. Sometimes massage will loosen toxins that can become heavier when you exercise. Stick with a massage therapist who does right by you. They can be as valuable to your overall performance as a good coach.

Sports massage has great benefits for serious athletes looking for that “something extra.” Pre and post massage techniques each encourage different benefits. Massage therapists help athletes reduce their chances of injury, increase muscle elasticity, and reduce the time to recovery. Massage therapy will benefit any sports training routine. Check with your trainers and your massage therapist to bring massage into your regular exercise routine.

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Pre Post Natal Massage

Pre-Natal Massage

Whether it is for relaxation or pain management, massage therapy can be beneficial at any stage of a mother’s pregnancy.

A woman’s body undergoes many changes, including shifts to her center of gravity, pelvic alignment issues and laxity of the ligaments. This can lead to discomfort in areas such as the back, hips and legs. Other common symptoms include swelling in the hands and feet, headaches and muscle soreness. Massage therapy can address these concerns by alleviating muscle tension and improving circulation and venous return. Massage therapy is also effective for reducing stress, calming the nervous system and promoting emotional wellness.

 

What Can You Expect During Treatment?

Depending on the stage of the pregnancy, the mother may be able to lay face down with proper pillow supports. As the pregnancy progresses, expectant mothers are treated while resting comfortably on their side with pillows and supports, just as they do at night. Most areas of the body can be treated, although techniques and pressure may need to be adjusted.

Massage and Pregnancy

Twenty-six pregnant women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks. Only the massage therapy group reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study. In addition, urinary stress hormone levels decreased for the massage therapy group with fewer complications during labour and their infants had fewer postnatal complications.
(Field T, et al., J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 1999 Mar;20(1):31-8)

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone massage is incorporates smooth, heated river stones to warm and deeply relax the entire body.

 

What Can You Expect During Treatment?

Stones of various weights and sizes are pre-warmed in water. The therapist applies oil and performs Swedish massage techniques while holding hot stones in their hands. At times, warm stones may be placed on key points of the body, including the back, palms and feet. The heat penetrates into the tissues, allowing the therapist to work into the muscles without using deep pressure, or to better treat any areas that are requested.

 

What Is It Recommended For?

-Stress and anxiety

-Poor circulation, chills

-Muscle tension

-Insomnia

-Fatigue

 

Considerations:

Hot Stone massage is not appropriate for patients who have high blood pressure, heart disease, heat sensitivity, fever or are on medication that thins your blood. A full hot stone treatment would be too warming for women who are pregnant.

The heat is deeply relaxing and particularly enjoyable during the cold winter months.

 

Manual Lymph Drainage Massage

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive technique where the therapist applies the appropriate amount of pressure to encourage movement of fluid where it has become stagnant.

The lymphatic vascular system is regarded as a safety valve that filters substances and exchanges fluids before the body reabsorbs them. Edema may form when the system is unable to properly filter and reabsorb lymph from the blood vessels, lymph vessels or lymph nodes.

 

What Can You Expect During Treatment?

Carefully circling the skin with a pumping motion and very light pressure and little or no oil, the therapist will stimulate nodes and encourage the movement of lymph toward drainage sites. The systematic and precise method is very gentle and relaxing.

The therapist will customize the treatment to the patient’s circumstances. The treatment may be entirely Manual Lymph Drainage, or combined with other massage techniques.

 

Manual Lymph Drainage may be employed for the following disorders:

-Lymphedema

-Lipedema

-Traumatic edema

-Post-surgical edema

-Cosmetic disorders (acne, rosacea, scars, stretch marks)

-Late stages of pregnancy (commonly legs and breasts)

-Gynecological disorders

-Neurological disorders

-Burn-out syndrome / stress

-Rheumatic diseases

 

While it is gentle and non-invasive, Manual Lymph Drainage is not suitable for some conditions:

-Malignant disease

-Acute inflammation

-Acute allergy

-Acute thrombosis

-Cardiac insufficiency

-Low blood pressure

-Thyroid disorder

-Early stages of pregnancy or complicated pregnancy

 

History

The method was developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder, who wanted to help massage clients who were experiencing congestion in their lymph glands. He startedto treat individuals in a targeted way and soon other practitioners were applying his methods.

Trials confirming the effectiveness of the Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage continued over the years and in the 1980’s, he was awarded a medal for his lifetime achievement.

Source: Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage, A Practical Guide

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Lomi Lomi Massage

Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage

Lomi Lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage that aims to restore harmony and balance within the body. This healing art was passed down through generations of Polynesian ancestors and has only become more widely practiced over the past few decades. Several styles of Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage have evolved over the years, with Big Island Style Massage (Auntie Margaret’s style) being the most recognized.

What are the Benefits?
Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage promotes circulation, relaxes muscles, stimulates lymphatic flow, boosts immunity, creates space in the joints and releases tension. The intention is to treat to the bones of the body, where ancient Hawaiians believed an individual’s wisdom and life force is held. Lomi Lomi is believed to encourage clearing of mental or emotional blockages, bringing the client into alignment and harmony.

What Can You Expect During Treatment?
The therapist applies flowing, rhythmic strokes — using hands, knuckles and forearms — as well as gentle stretches and joint mobilizations to treat the entire body. Pressure is gradually increased to work deeper into the tissues, while the wave-like techniques soothe the nervous system to further release tension.
Like other massage treatments, the client lays covered by a full sheet and the therapist undrapes areas of the body as they are treating them. Coconut or other massage oil is used throughout the treatment.