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.
Amma Massage is a type of manual therapy work which focuses on energy or chi; Amma means “to push-pull.” It involves working the energy channels commonly associated with acupuncture. Amma works on the arms, legs, neck, back, and aspects of the trunk. Amma is great for people who prefer to remain dressed. Pressure can be light, medium, or deep tissue. One hour is a typical session, but they can be made longer or shorter.
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.