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*Acupressure Massage An ancient healing in which pressure is applied to a pattern of specific points (acupuncture points), but with fingers and palms instead of needles. This type of massage helps to balance the flow of energy in the body.

*Chair Massage  usually 15 to 30 minutes treatment in which the client sits relaxed and receives modified massage of back, neck, arms, shoulders, and head.  The chair massage helps to release stress, muscle tension, and pain, while increasing circulation. It is very helpful for employees who sit for long hours and/or use computers in preventing serious conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome, rounded shoulder/head forward postural problems, and other work-related conditions. This is usually done on site such as your work place, at special events, and in my office.   

*Cranio-Sacral Therapy A recently developed hands-on approach to healing that applies gentle, non invasive pressure to balance what is known as the cranio sacral system. This therpay is a gentle and effective technique performed on a fully clothed individual. During a CST session, the practitioner detects and corrects imbalances of the craniosacral system which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.  

*Deep Tissue Massage releases tension and allows muscle tissue and fascia to stretch normally while helping to restore range of motion.  Deep Tissue Work is for deep, sore and tight muscles that need extra work to relax them. It is best used in combination with other techniques. It focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. This type of massage also breaks down scar tissue, known as restrictive fascia. Clients are usually instructed to drink plenty of water for a couple of days following the massage to help eliminate the released toxins.

*Fascia is a membrane like plastic wrap that covers every organ, blood vessel, nerve, muscle, and every bone.  Fascia is between the firm connective tissue {bones, ligaments, and tendons} and the liquid connective tissue {blood, lymph, and cerebo-spinal fluid}.  Fascia is continuous throughout the entire body, joining everything to everything else within the body. Fascia should be loose, mobile, and elastic.  The fascia network can cause muscles to be tense when it becomes rigid.  Pain that is thought to be due to a tense muscle may not be at all but instead due to the fascia covering the muscle. 

*Myofascial Massage is a whole-body, hands-on approach for the evaluation and treatment of the human structure. Its focus is the fascial system. Fibrous membranes cover your muscles, and both support and separate them. They also unite the skin with the underlying tissue.  Myofascial massage can help improve your body's alignment. The therapist focuses on breaking up adhesions (knots) in the tissues, elongating the tissue layers, and restoring proper body alignment through myofascial massage.  

*Neuromuscular Massage a specific pattern of thumb strokes over a muscle area used for injury treatment and postural  rebalancing.

*Pregnancy Massage relieves low back pain, edema, stress and increases over all well-being.

*Reflexology  deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all parts of the body and glands.  The tissue in these areas is manipulated to improve circulation and relax you.  It can dramatically reduce headaches and sinus problems for example.  

*Reiki  an ancient technique of using energy to heal, relieve stress, balance the immune system, relax you, and enhance well-being. 

*Specific Injury Treatment  is a manual technique that is used in a rehabilitative therapy environment. It is not a general massage treatment like Swedish; rather, it is a therapy applied to a specific problem area or pathology. The therapist uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage, but uses them as a preliminary softening of tissue in order to get to the deep muscle tissue, complex joint systems, and inelastic connective tissue. This type of massage combines several manual therapies, including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, acupressure, neuromuscular massage, craniosacral therapy, and manual lymph drainage.  Only a therapist with a strong medical background is recommended. 

*Sports Massage techniques include stretching to increase athletic flexibility,   endurance and comfort.  Useful in preventing injury and accelerating recovery after an event.

*Swedish Massage  the most widely used method of massage.  It relaxes the muscles, eases aches and pains by improving circulation, aid in digestion and elimination, improve the assimilation of nutrients into tissues and remove toxins and waste.  Consisting of 5 basic strokes– long, kneading, friction, tapping and vibration– is the underlying format used in conjunction with all other modalities used by your therapist.  

*Trigger points are defined as hypersensitive locations in the muscle that cause pain in response to undue stress.  They develop into tight bands or knots within the muscle.  These bands or knots can cause the muscles to spasm, limit the movement of joints, and cause pain.  Trigger points often do not occur in the same location where the pain is felt.  Instead the pain may occur some distance from the actual location of the trigger point. 
Your therapist will need a strong medical background with a good understanding of the muscular skeleton to properly treat these conditions.
 

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