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Modalities of Massage Therapy

Massage is a general term for a range of therapeutic approaches with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures. Technique can vary greatly depending on the form or modality or therapy practiced.

Swedish Massage is the most commonly practiced form of massage. It integrates ancient Eastern techniques with modern Western principles of anatomy and physiology. It is typically a full body massage with long, smooth strokes intended to relax, decrease stress and improve muscle tone. Technique and sessions length can vary.

Deep Tissue Massage is a general term for a range of therapies that seek to improve the function of the body’s connective tissues and muscles. This specialized massage is intended to release chronic tension by working the deeper layers of muscle. The technique is used to break up scar tissue and increase circulation, therefore improving muscular health and decreasing pain.

NeuroMuscular Therapy is a system of soft-tissue manipulation techniques used to treat chronic pain caused by injury, strain, sprain or stress. This discipline manipulates the muscles, tendons and connective tissue of the body to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, preventing equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. NeuroMuscular Therapy enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics as it realigns collagen fibers, breaks up scar tissue, and decreases muscle spasms.

MyoFascial Release is a technique that seeks to free the body from the grip of tight connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Therapists apply mild, yet deep, sustained pressure to stretch and soften the fascia.

Trigger Point Therapy is a technique wherein practitioners apply pressure to these points to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits.Trigger points are tender, congested spots on muscle tissue that may radiate pain to other areas.

Active Release is a technique is used to increase range of motion in joints where the range has become limited.  Pressure is applied to trigger points on muscular attachment at the joint while the client actively participates by moving within the range of the joint releasing the muscle and ligaments tissues and increasing range of motion.

Rolfing Structural Integration works with the connective tissue system in a slow, deliberate, and methodical approach that is classically done in ten sessions. The goal is to bring the entire body back to its original balance . The results  are typically long lasting as Rolfing has the ability to dramatically alter a person’s posture and structure, and aims to restore flexibility, revitalize energy, and leave one feeling more comfortable, more at ease, and more themselves. 

CranioSacral Therapy works with the soft tissues and fluids that protect your brain and spinal cord. It creates dynamic improvement through the release of tension deep in the body allowing the body to self-correct; to relieve pain and dysfunction, and rebalance the system to improve overall health and performance. In freeing the nervous system, craniosacral therapy allows the entire central & peripheral nervous systems to perform at their best- eliminating pain and stress, strengthening resistance to disease and enhancing well being. Effective treatment for all ages – newborn through elders.