MODALITIES AND TECHNIQUES
Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue work that treats a specific manifestation of muscular dysfunction known as trigger points. Trigger points are tiny areas of irritation that form within strained bands of muscle tissue. They refer sensations of pain, weakness, or numbness to surrounding or distant areas of muscle tissue.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Swedish massage is classified as a circulatory style of massage. The broad sweeping strokes promote increased blood flow through muscle tissue, which facilitates metabolic efficiency. The Swedish style is also quite effective at inducing relaxation in the body by enhancing parasympathetic nervous system activity. It is often performed as a full-body massage, which helps to bring a sense of wholeness, continuity, and integration to the recipient.
Lymphatic drainage massage uses very light pressure with gentle, rhythmic style strokes that mimic the action of the lymphatic system and helps to increase the flow of lymph and reduce the toxins in the body
Lymphatic drainage massage helps to keep the immune system working properly, reduce water retention, boost metabolic rate and weight loss, improve skin texture, and more.
CONNECTIVE TISSUE TECHNIQUES
Connective tissue manipulations are designed to stretch the fascial membranes that surround and penetrate the musculature. The fascial component of muscles is both strong and flexible and is responsible for providing support to all the body's structures. The degree of fascial mobility is an important factor in determining the shape of the body. As inhibiting factors in the fascia are released through slow stretching and low-force compressive movements, a renewed quality of expansiveness and freedom can be introduced to the body.
Techniques of energy balancing are based on the premise that the body is formed and nourished by patterns of energy currents that determine the state of health and vitality of the individual. When these energy pathways are flowing freely, all the body's systems are fortified, and continued growth and development are assured. Weakening or blockage of the energy currents eventually leads to breakdown within the body.
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction facilitates healing with blood flow, as well as the flow of “qi” in the body. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This can relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It can also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. People use cupping to complement their care for a host of ailments and conditions.
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.In gua sha, the skin is scraped with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. The strokes are made with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.