Types of Massage Therapy
Orthopedic Medical Massage:
Focus is on the entire body, with emphasis on restoring pain free range of motion throughout the body and integrating complete structural balance. Practitioners will address chronic pain and other injury conditions with emphasis on understanding and correcting the causes and the pathology of each specific condition. This format includes assessment, treatment, and individualized client home care.
Sports massage therapies are both preventative and therapeutic, and used for athletes during warm ups, training and competition to treat and/or aid in the prevention of injuries; help improve flexibility, range of motion, and performance; and aid in mental clarity. Virtually every professional sports team employs professional sports massage therapists, and are often privately employed by professional athletes.
Deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes, direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles with the fingers, thumbs or elbows. Deep-tissue massage works deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains; its purpose is to reach the fascia beneath the surface muscles.
Practitioners must have a thorough understanding of the human body and have been trained to administer deep-tissue massage, as injury can occur if the technique is not performed properly. This technique is useful in treating chronic pain, inflammation and injury.
Trigger Point Therapy
Is a series of repeated gliding strokes, deep cross fiber frictioning, palpation, static compression and stretching. By applying direct pressure with a press and hold technique to get a taut band or trigger point to release.
Trigger Points Are: a neurological dysfunction resulting from stress to the myofascial unit. The stress maybe physical or psychological, however the end result is that there's an abundance of neurological activity in the injury site. Another words the muscle goes into a protective spasm.
Myofascial release can be defined as " the facilitation of mechanical, neural and psychophysiological adaptive potential as interfaced via the myofascial system" myofascial release may vary significantly ranging from prolonged stretching and soft tissue mobilization to subtle indirect techniques. It must be understood that myofascial release represents a philosophy of care, rather then a series of techniques.
Rain Drop Therapy
Rain Drop Therapy is a powerful non-invasive tool for assisting the body in correcting defects in the curvature of the spine. During the years that it has been practiced it has resolved numerous cases of scoliosis and kyphosis and eliminated the need for back surgery for thousands of people. It integrates Vita-Flex, massage and the power of essential oils by bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment. Rain Drop Therapy is based on the theory that many types of scoliosis and spinal misalignments are caused by viruses or bacteria that live dormant along the spine. These pathogens create inflammation, which in turn, contorts and disfigures the spinal column.
Aromatherapy is the use of Essential Oils to facilitate a change in the body’s healing process. Types of essential oils most often used at Stress Release Massage include: Peppermint Oil, Wintergreen Oil, Clove Oil, Lemongrass Oil, and White Angelica.