Benefits of massage include pain relief,
reduced anxiety and depression, improved sleep, and temporarily
reduced blood pressure and heart rate.
Myofascial Release usually involves applying
pressure in various directions or by skin rolling to eliminate pain and
increase range of motion.
Deep tissue work is done with knuckles, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch the
muscle tissue by applying a few pounds of force. The practitioner moves slowly
through the layers until the deep tissues are reached.
(Trigger point therapy)
This involves deactivating
trigger points that may cause local pain or refer pain such as headaches to other parts of the body. Manual
pressure, vibration, injection, or other treatment is applied to these
points to relieve pain.
Deep tissue massage is
designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the
connective tissue. This type of massage focuses on the muscles
located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep
tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who
experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy
physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who
have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for
receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain
replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.
Hot Stone Massage
Smooth, flat stones are placed into a
heater which is filled with water and heated to 122-127 degrees
Fahrenheit. They are then placed onto specific points on the body
(such as the back, hands, etc.) and others are held by the massage
therapist and used to work the muscles.
Swedish massage (Classic)
Swedish massage uses five styles of long,
flowing strokes. The five basic strokes are sliding or gliding,
kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction, and vibration or shaking. Swedish
massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and
improving function in patients with
osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also
been shown to be helpful in increasing circulation.
Sports massage is
reported to have many beneficial effects in athletes.
Sports massage can be used pre-performance,
post-performance, during training or for rehabilitation.
Athletes of all levels may benefit from sports massage.
If you are looking for a way to improve your athletic
performance, then sports massage may be for you.
Many different movements
and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of
these techniques include; Swedish style, stroking,
kneading, compression, friction, rhythmic striking,
vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger
points. These movements and techniques are used to try
to help the athlete's body achieve maximum performance
and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of
injury or pain and a quicker recovery.
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