Massage therapy is a medical technique of physical therapy in which hands and body are used to manipulate soft tissues. Its objective is to improve circulation and muscle function, release scar tissue and produce relaxation.
Benefits of Massage
- Muscle relaxation
- Sudorific (causing or increasing sweat)
- Lowers blood pressure
- Stimulates circulation
- Increases diuresis (diuresis is a discharge of urine)
- Stimulate lymphatic drainage
- Reduces oedema - (oedema is a condition of abnormal large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body's cells (interstitial spaces)
- Pain relieving
- Mental relaxation
- Releases emotions
- Facilitates communication
- Aids sleep
- Time for oneself
There are many types of massage therapies. The following options are discussed so that you are able to make the best decision about your personal health needs.
Aquasomatic Massage™ -Aquasomatic massage is performed in the water. This revolutionary technique, takes advantage of doing massage when gravity is not compressing the human body. A registered trademark of Paul St. John.
Deep Tissue Massage - a style of massage that uses strong pressure; slow, deep strokes, and friction across the muscle grain to release chronic muscle tension. (Not recommended for first time massage).
Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques -muscle energy and massage myofascial mobilization strategies offer pain-management, sports therapy and structural integration.
Neuromuscular Therapy -Neuromuscular techniques are a comprehensive system of non-invasive soft-tissue manipulation techniques, valuable in both a diagnostic and therapeutic modes.
Neuromuscular techniques provide a therapist with information regarding tissue tone, fibrosity, oedema and areas of soft tissue changes such as hypersensitivity, change in sensation or pain. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) can move painlessly from investigative to therapy mode in an instant, if deemed appropriate.
Seated Chair Massage - is an ergonomically designed chair for positioning a person who will be receiving a massage, similar in function to a massage table. The chair is portable and easier for the therapist to maneuver than a massage table. Clients do not need to disrobe to receive a chair massage. Due to these two factors, chair massage is often performed in settings such as corporate offices.
Sports Massage - a style of massage that works specifically on problems resulting from athletic performance, training and injury. This form of massage uses techniques similar to those of Swedish and deep-tissue massage. See also deep-tissue and Swedish massage.
Swedish Massage -systematic soft tissue manipulation applied directly to the skin using light to medium pressure. This method has been known to increase circulation, improve skin and muscle tone and relieve muscle soreness, reduce stress and promote health and well being.
Tuina -a manual therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine; based on the principles of yin-yang, the five elements, and a meridian view of the body. The goal is to encourage free flow of qi by manipulating the joints, viscera, and soft tissue. The Tuina system of massage, stimulates the acupoint, using forceful maneuvers, including pushing, rolling, kneading, rubbing, and grasping, sometimes in conjunction with acupuncture
Pet Massage - Having had positive results using pet massage, body work and Quantum Biofeedback with our own animals, we decided to make these techniques available to pet owners.
Relaxation, healing and stress reduction are only a few of the benefits for your pet, for working animals and for performance dogs.