Massage therapy offers manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques. All are designed to enhance function, aid in the healing process, reduce pain, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and can be used as a recreational activity. In our professional setting, massage involves you being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a floor mat.
The motion of cranial and sacral bones is closely connected to subtle movements that involve a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body; including cerebrospinal fluid, the central nervous system, the membranes that surround the central nervous system and the sacrum. CST is a bodywork method that focuses on gently stimulating your craniosacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain, spinal cord and nerves) to heal the body by improving the functioning of the central nervous system. CST effectively complements your body’s natural healing process, and has been known to help alleviate a wide variety of problems. This highly respected and valuable therapy can be used on its own or within another treatment session.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Designed to be comfortable to your pressure preference, this technique is administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia beneath the skin. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. Deep tissue massage therapy helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.
Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
A comprehensive program which includes inactivating trigger points by using compression and stretching.
The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. Therapeutic exercises, including both passive and active stretches, bring the muscle back to its full normal length. Perpetuating factors such as sleep positions, body mechanics, and posture are also addressed. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
A full body alignment approach to soft tissue work, focusing on alleviating trigger points, restoring proper biomechanics, and improving flexibility, strength and endurance. Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is the most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain. Neuromuscular therapy is also called trigger point myotherapy. We recognize this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as a muscle strain).
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a noninvasive therapeutic modality for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The goal of treatment is the client’s recovery from or a significant reduction in myofascial pain.
The treatment goal is achieved through a systematized approach.
Treatment consists of trigger point compression, muscle massage, passive stretching, and a regime of corrective exercises. Success may be measured subjectively by the level of pain reduction experienced by
the client and objectively through increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function. Trigger point therapy relies heavily on client-therapist interaction, including verbal and nonverbal elements.
The myotherapist encourages the client to be personally responsible for their improvement, with attention
to such factors as nutritional intake, stress, proper exercises, mechanical abnormalities, and other physical components. These elements protect the client from delayed diagnosis, delayed treatment, or