Massage therapy is a modality for relaxing the muscles, increasing blood flow and promoting lymphatic drainage. In massage therapy, the hands are primarily used to loosen tight muscles and release trigger points.
By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. It has proven to be very effective after an injury.
Common strokes of Swedish massage are:
- Effleurage: a smooth, gliding strokes used to relax soft tissue
- Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue.
Neuromuscular Therapy Massage
Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. I use slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under the skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic -- relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training -- before, during, or after sports events. You might use it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. Or, it may help muscle strains, aiding healing after sports injuries.
Trigger Point Therapy
Angela also specializes in Trigger Point Therapy, a massage technique where steady pressure is applied on certain targeted points within the muscles. This helps in relieving the muscle spasms and is a viable alternative to acupuncture for patients who don't like needles.
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Traditional Chinese Massage Techniques
Gua Sha Massage Therapy
Gua Sha is a traditional Eastern healing technique where the body surface is "press-stroked" with a smooth-edged instrument to raise therapeutic petechiae (small red or purple spots) that last 2-5 days. The technique is traditionally used in the treatment of both acute and chronic neck and back pain.
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Tui Na Chinese Massage Therapy
Another traditional Eastern healing modality that is traditionally used to treat lower back pain.
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How Massage Therapy Works
Since bones are held in place by the musculature, sometimes, by releasing tight muscles around the neck and spine, spontaneous movement of the vertebrae may occur. Over time, tight muscles may become shortened, creating obvious and painfully misaligned bodies. Combinations of acupressure, Swedish massage, hot stones and shiatsu effectively release knots restoring blood flow and a sense of well being and relaxation. Sciatica, low back pain, upper back pain, stiff necks, and painful shoulders are a few of the complaints corrected with massage therapy.