Massage Therapy

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, consisting of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of the body. Generally, massage is known to affect the circulatory, lymphatic and neuromuscular systems of the body. Massage can reduce muscular tension and enhance tissue healing.

The main types of massages used in our office are:

  • Swedish Massage- Is the lightest form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep-Tissue Massage- This massage technique uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports Massage- Is similar to Swedish massage but is geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger Point Massage- Focuses on trigger points, or sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
  • Prenatal Massage- Relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
  • Chakra Massage- Involves the seven major areas of the body that are aligned to link the understanding of our body with the experiences we have. Chakra work helps the body to balance all these aspects of our lives, healing body and mind.
  • Reiki Massage- Is a concentration of energy that is realigned and balances during the session. Promoting a healthy body and mind relationship, Reiki has been linked to reduced stress, anxiety, and an overall feeling of balance.
  • Lymphatic Massage- Is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back towards the heart.
  • Thai Massage- Is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation, and manipulation of energy lines called sen, and assisted yoga postures.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage helpful for:

  • Stress relief
  • Managing anxiety and depression
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Blood pressure control
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Boosting immunity

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.

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