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Massage and Muscular Therapy

Massage Therapy is a rejuvenating treatment for all. Whether you are young or old, in good health or experiencing muscular pain, massage can benefit you. Massage helps loosen knotted muscles and reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to affected areas. Also, this action reduces tension in all parts of the body promoting better sleep and greater overall well-being. Not only does regular massage increase circulation, but it can actually reverse the progression of varicose veins.

Benefits of Massage

Although massage is generally considered as complementary or alternative medicine, it has certainly shown to be effective in treating stress, pain, and muscle tension.

Massage has also been shown to be helpful in treating symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive Disorders
    Ranging from indigestion to colorectal cancer
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve pain
  • Headaches
    Especially when they are caused by muscle spasms and pain in the face, neck and back
  • Muscular and Motor Problems
    Like muscle coordination, loss of muscle strength, loss of muscle tone, posture problems, muscle injuries (such as whiplash, myofascial dysfunction, fibromyalgia, and temporomandibular disorders)
  • Post-injury Psychological Reactions
    General feelings that something is not right following an accident, but not being able to place your finger on it
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Types of Massage

Neuromuscular Massage

Neuromuscular Massage is a form of deep tissue massage that is applied to individual muscles. It is considered the most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain, especially when caused by soft tissue injury, such as from a muscle strain. It is used to increase the blood flow, reduce pain and release pressure on nerves caused by injuries to muscles and other soft tissue. Neuromuscular therapy is done by a masseuse by applying alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the problem areas of the muscle. The masseuse generally uses fingers, knuckles, or elbow.

Integrative Body Work

Integrative Body Work uses a multi-dimensional treatment approach. It incorporates the therapeutic massage, structural alignment and CranioSacral Therapy to relieve stress, relax the body and create new healthy physical patterns for the body. CranioSacral Therapy, developed by John Upledger, is the concept of dynamic activity and the relationship between the CranioSacral system, its function in health and its relationship to the disease process. These services are an important compliment to other services.


Reflexology is a form of alternative medicine that involves applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific finger, thumb, and hand movements. Reflexology does not require the use of oil or lotion. It is a treatment which deals with the notion that there are specific reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. For example, in reflexology, the tips of one’s toes correspond to the brain, therefore, stimulating the tips of the toes will promote healthy well-being in the brain. The basic idea behind reflexology is that stimulating these areas of the hands and feet properly can help many health problems in a natural way, as a type of preventative maintenance. Reflexology helps to normalize body functions. A Reflexology session relaxes the stress that can affect your health. It is a safe effective way to Better Health. Reflexology has recently been growing in popularity, and its users claim that it helps with insomnia, stress, high blood pressure, infertility and pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, back pain, arthritis, and immune system deficiency.

Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is an area on the body within the muscles that is particularly tight, which causes pain in other parts of the body. For example, a trigger point in the back may cause referring pain in the shoulder. This pain may be sharp and intense, or dull. Trigger point therapy is a type of massage therapy which examines and treats muscles and muscle attachments in layers. It addresses surface muscles and connective tissues and deeper ligaments and connective tissues. Trigger point therapy specifically targets the source of the pain through cycles of pressure and release on the trigger points that are causing the pain. During this type of massage, the recipient actively participates by deep breathing throughout the massage and helping the masseuse to locate the exact spot that is causing the discomfort. This type of therapy is closely aligned with the eastern technique of acupressure massage. The treatment techniques are very similar, the guidelines for applying acupressure apply to most Trigger Point Release applications.

Sport Massage

Sport Massage has become an integral part of an athletic regime and can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program. Regular sports massage can reduce injuries, improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, shorten recovery time between the workouts, increase blood flow, and improve power and performance.

Muscle-Release Technique

Muscle Release Technique (MRT) is a highly effective technique and unique injury therapy that uses a combination of movement, extension, compression, and breath to alleviate the client’s pain, usually in one treatment. In this type of therapy, body positioning and weight are used, rather than a therapist’s strength to treat the affected areas/injury.

Injury to muscles commonly produces scar tissue. Scar tissue causes muscle inflexibility and will eventually result in a loss of muscle length and memory. Nerve impingement typically presents with this condition causing pain and discomfort. Deep tissue massage will provide temporary relief from pain, whereas Muscle Release Technique breaks up scar tissue restoring muscle length and muscle memory.

As an example, Tendinitis is a common condition caused by repetitively used, overworked muscles in the forearm. There are two common types of tendinitis in the arm, tennis elbow and golf elbow. These ailments cause a lot of pain in the medial or lateral portion of the elbow, respectively. When this occurs, the muscles lose their natural memory and the ability to relax. When there is a constant pulling on the attachment site of the muscle, tendinitis is the result. Muscle Release Technique, works toward breaking up the scar tissue. The muscles are lengthened and circulation is increased. This, in turn, cuts down on the inflammation so permanent healing can take place.

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