Massage Therapies are performed on the skin, using oils or creams; utilizing long gliding strokes, kneading, compression, and percussion with the intention of easing tension in the tissues, increasing circulation, and lymphatic flow, releasing toxins, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure to aid in healing and promote well being.
- Swedish Massage is the best-known type of bodywork. The primary goal is deep relaxation of the entire body. It is often referred to as relaxation massage or full body massage.
- Deep Tissue Massage is often considered another, more therapeutic, form of Swedish Massage. While many of the classic Swedish Massage strokes are used, this therapy also employs friction techniques, or shorter, more focused strokes that move across the grain of the tissues. Deep Tissue Massage is preformed with much deeper and slower pressure in order to reach and realign the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Deep Tissue Massage is primarily used to release deep muscle tension and break down adhesion to relieve pain in chronically contracted tissue. Deep tissue techniques may be used to target a specific area of pain during a full body massage and are frequently used in conjunction with manual therapies in clinical bodywork.
Manual Therapies are clinical, rehabilitative modalities that are used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. They are used to facilitate an active, pain free range of motion, extensibility of myofascial tissue and the return to functional activities through mobilization, manipulation, stretching and balancing of the soft tissue. These therapies promote client responsibility and independence while focusing on education in body awareness, postural movement, body mechanics, and self care. A commitment to multiple sessions may be recommended for optimal outcome.
- Neuromuscular Therapy is a specialized program of recovery that utilizes specific manual treatment protocols to address the physiological factors that cause the majority of neuromuscular pain patterns; both chronic and acute. Causative factors include, ischemia or lack of blood flow, trigger points, nerve compression or entrapment, postural distortions, nutrition and emotional wellbeing. Specific techniques employed in or in conjunction with neuromuscular therapy include, massage therapy techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, positional release, muscle energy techniques and acupressure.
- Myofascial Release uses sustained manual pressure to release the fascia, the fibrous connective tissue that surrounds, separates, binds and permeates every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and bone of the body. This technique is used to eliminate restrictions, elongate connective tissue, reduce pain, and restore functional mobility.
- Trigger Point Therapy is a bodywork technique that uses stretching and the application of concentrated compression to hyper-irritable areas in skeletal muscles that are felt as palpable nodules or taut bands within the muscle tissue. When compressed, the “trigger points” produce a muscle specific pain pattern that may be local to the area being compressed or referred to another area of the body. With sustained or repeated compression the cycle of spasm and pain is broken, releasing tension and pain while allowing improved muscular function.
- Positional Release Techniques manually position the body in the most comfortable position possible and use moderate sustained pressure to tender points allowing the area of dysfunction to rest and reset the muscle to normal relaxed tone.Muscle Energy Techniques use specific controlled muscle contractions, resistance, relaxation, and stretch to lengthen shortened muscles and improve range of motion.
Asian Bodywork is described as any form of therapeutic bodywork that has it’s theoretical roots in Chinese Medicine Theory. Asian Bodywork uses gentle finger or hand pressure along the body’s energy meridians, or channels and acupoints. The goal is to restore balance and the flow of energy through out the body.
- Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure™ Jin Shin Do means the way of the compassionate spirit. This is a form of Asian bodywork that combines the use of gentle yet deep finger pressure to Acupoints while employing verbal focusing techniques, breathwork techniques, and principles of Ericksonian hypnosis to enhance a natural, relaxed trance like state in order to promote relaxation of the mind and body and promote the body’s own natural healing abilities. Jin Shin Do sessions are preformed fully clothed while lying supine on a massage table. Acupressure techniques may also be employed in individualized treatments to enhance the effects of other forms of bodywork.
- Reiki, which is pronounced ray-key, means universal life energy. It is a practice that originated in Japan and is a form of healing that channels universal or source energy through the hands of the practitioner into the recipient with the intention of facilitating the flow and balance of energy to the body. Reiki is deeply relaxing and aids in the reduction of stress and tension and promotes the body’s own innate healing abilities. Reiki sessions are performed fully clothed to both the front and back of the body and can be done either lying down or seated. Reiki may also be used in conjunction with any other body therapies.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be used to achieve positive personal change. This technique uses positive suggestions to reinforce and accelerate behavioral change. A client undergoing hypnosis is extremely relaxed but completely awake and even hyper aware. In this relaxed state the person will feel completely at ease physically and mentally, yet able to deeply focus their concentration, which may lead to a state of being highly responsive to hypnotic suggestion.