When a muscle is strained from injury or overuse, toxins released into soft tissue cause swelling, soreness, and decreased circulation. This can cause compression of the nerve endings, resulting in painful spasms. Over time, scar tissue develops, increasing pain and decreasing muscle strength and flexibility.
Massage techniques help to release spasms and balance muscle tone in the injured area. Scar tissue is gently loosened, and the soft tissue is released to prevent further injury. Circulation is restored, increasing the flow of healing nutrients to the injured tissue.
Massage can increase strength and flexibility. Moreover, as your body becomes more responsive, you may feel a sense of well-being and renewed vitality.
Massage is not one-size-fits-all therapy. I use a combination of massage styles (called "modalities") to address your individual needs. Common modalities include:
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Sports massage
- Pregnancy massage
- Myofascial release
Swedish massage is probably the most common form of massage. It uses long, smooth strokes to loosen muscles and relieve tension. Swedish massage is often the preferred type of massage for general relaxation and health maintenance. Swedish massage can help promote fluid movement throughout the body, which facilitates detoxification and creates an overall sense of well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage reaches the deeper layers of muscles and related tissue. This technique is excellent for chronic pain, spasms, injury management, range of motion, and flexibility.
Sports massage uses a wide variety of techniques to increase an athlete's physical performance. A sports massage typically includes a lot of stretching to provide relief from overworked muscles.
Pregnancy or prenatal massage is specifically tailored to the expectant mother's needs. The mother's body is properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for both mother and baby.
The fascia is a web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures. It lies between the skin and the underlying muscle and bone. Myofascial release therapy relieves pain, increases range of motion, and balances the body.