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Massage therapy is scientifically recognized as an effective way to rid the body of muscle tension, soreness and pain by stimulating the body to process lactic acid and other toxins such as neuron fluids and body waste products that are built up through poor posture and body mechanics. It also counters the negative effects cause by a lack of stretching and movement, poor diet, lack of sleep and many other factors that create discomfort and cause physical and mental imbalances.
The most widely recognized and commonly used technique, Swedish massage varies from light to vigorous. Swedish massage uses five basic strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (with or against muscle fibres) and vibration/rocking. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing joint pain and stiffness, and has been known to improve function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee in as little as eight weeks.
Clinical studies report that Swedish massage can effectively reduce low back pain and the effectiveness can last for as long as 15 weeks. One study reports that Swedish massage caused a reduction in salivary cortisol, indicating its role in managing stress and mood.
- Deep Tissue
This massage modality focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and caused by contracted muscles. This approach is idea for treating stiffness in the neck and upper back, sore shoulders, lower back pain and tightness in the leg muscles.
Deep tissue massage shares some of the strokes used in classic massage therapy, but using slower movements and deeper pressure, concentrating on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and fascia.
Prenatal massage focuses on the care and special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through changes during each phase of pregnancy. As the fetus develops, a lower centre of gravity adds stress to abdominal muscles, back, shoulders and neck, which affects posture. Over time, ligaments relax and the pelvis rotates forward. As the body changes throughout the pregnancy, this specialized massage promotes flexibility in several muscles associated with the birthing process. In addition to addressing discomfort, the nurturing touch during pre-natal massage offers relaxation and emotional support.
More importantly, regular sessions help to stabilize hormone levels, and relieve nervous tension throughout the body by stimulating the endocrine glands. This supports the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which keeps blood flowing to both the mother and the baby.
- Myofascial release
The inside of the body is covered with fascia, a soft layer of tissue that covers organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. The fascia that covers the muscles is called myofascia. When stressed from overuse or trauma, this thin veil can tear and adhere. These adhesions, referred to as trigger points, can prevent muscles from working properly. Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on soft tissue to release muscular shortness and tightness.
Many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function after an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip problems or virtually any pain involving soft tissue. Other conditions treated by myofascial release therapy include TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint disorder), carpal tunnel syndrome, and can be very beneficial to clients suffering from fibromyalgia or migraine headaches.
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