What is Massage Therapy
Massage is the manual manipulation of soft tissue combining various pressures and techniques to promote a healthier state within the holding elements of the body. When muscles become too tight and overworked, it affects the posture by forcing the body to overcompensate in other areas. When this is allowed to continue it becomes accepted by the body over time, creating chronic imbalance and often pain. A Massage Therapist works to manually stretch out over-tight muscles and promote healing to injured areas through the application of specific techniques. Releasing muscle stress and tension can also release emotional turmoil which can often be associated with painful conditions.
Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Enhances your overall emotional and physical well being as well as your quality of life.
- It is helpful to people of all ages, and it benefits the ill, injured and stressed.
- It is quite helpful in preventing illness and conditions before they develop by boosting the immune system.
- Proven effective in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as: low back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, stress, depression.
- Relieves pain, stiffness and discomfort, as well as increases mobility, detoxifies the system, improves circulation and muscle tone, promotes relaxation, and prevents muscular atrophy resulting from inactivity or illness.
- Stresses and tensions of everyday of living may eventually lead to illness and disease, as the negative effect of many illnesses can be accelerated by stress, but massage can help relieve stress and be a beneficial part of a prevention and/or treatment program.
Common applications for Massage
- Chronic Pain, both local and referred.
- Motor Vehicle Accident Injury or other Soft Tissue Injury.
- TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction).
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (for Lymphedema and Suppressed Immunity).
- Medical Migraine and Headache Relief.
- Stress and Chronic Tension.
- Sports Therapy (pre and post event).
- Rotator Cuff Injuries.
- Trigger Point Management.
- Neuromuscular Disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Fibromyalgia.
Why go for Massage
Regular scheduled massages can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain. If you budget time and money for regular massages, or use the benefits you pay into, it is an important investment into your health and wellness plan. Working with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs will help you stay on track and keep the stress down in your everyday life.
Utilizing a series of techniques that range from light to heavy, this massage can be just what you need to relieve the ordinary stress and tension in your life. Generally used to treat the whole body, it can be applied to specific areas such as just the upper body. You will feel revitalized once you’ve experienced the Healing Power of Massage.
- Calms the mind and body, giving a break from everyday stress.
- Promotes better sleep.
- Improves digestion and healing time.
- Helps the body flush toxins.
- Relaxes tired, stressed out muscles.
- Soothes aches and strains.
- Improves circulation and range of motion.
Deep Tissue Massage
- Commonly used to re-align the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue
- Best utilized where there is chronic soft tissue dysfunction, such as that found in Fibromyalgia, Chronic Tension and Injury recovery.
- Recommended for chronic pain management.
- Pressure can get very heavy and lead to temporary residual soreness.
- The techniques that are used focus on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue
- Used to break down the adhesive structures of excess connective tissue that are restricting muscle mobility while releasing deeply held patterns of tension.
- This treatment can be painful and is not recommended for everyone.
- When performed consistently this retrains cellular memory thereby promoting longer lasting benefits.
- A cross between relaxation and deep tissue.
- Pressure and techniques can vary.
- Used when being more specific to an injured site.
- Can involve the whole body or just sections depending on time and what is involved.
- Used in treating:
- Pre and post sporting events and sports training regimes.
- Motor Vehicle Accident injuries.
- Sporting injures.
- Post-surgical tissue rehabilitation.
- Myofascial trigger points.
- Temporal Mandibular Joint dysfunction (TMJ).
- Neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy.
The Lympathic System
Picks up fluids and waste products from the spaces between the cells and then filters and cleans them. It is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and micro-organisms and other foreign substances. It acts as a filtration system that keeps particular matter, like bacteria, from entering the blood stream. These vessels run alongside the veins of the body and like venous blood flow, they are dependent on muscle contraction and relaxation to pump the fluid up through the body. If that pumping system gets compromised by lack of use or disease then this in turn can compromise the immune system. This can leave a person feeling chronically sick and or tired. Another side effect can be accumulation of lymph fluid causing lymphedema (swelling) in the extremities.
Manual Lympathic Drainage Therapy
A light touch is used to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system, and improve metabolism, as well as provides powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain relief and immunological effects. It also boosts the immune system so it can facilitate general feelings of health and vitality, as well as, help the body fight off illness. Primarily suggested for individuals with impaired Lymphatic Systems, it is also highly beneficial for those who chronically suffer from colds and flu. The technique itself is a very lightweight, fast paced, flowing technique designed to move lymph fluid without compressing the delicate vessels. It encourages the lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste products, excess fluids and bacteria. Expect a full treatment to take at least an hour. It has been medically shown that Manual Lymph Drainage, when used for patients showing signs of Lymphedema after cancer treatment, does not increase the rate of local recurrences. It does, in fact, improve the quality of life after cancer therapy by reducing blood pressure, improving circulation and potentially decreasing associated pain. In the case of cancer patients, please consult your treating Physician before proceeding due to potential underlying contraindications. There are many benefits of this type of massage, and they are:
- Promotes a healthy immune response.
- It is a great addition to other detoxifying measures as it encourages fluid flow in the connective tissues.
- Clears areas of congestion, such as swollen ankles, puffy eyes, and swollen legs.
- Promotion of scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains.
- Post-operation healing.
- Deep relaxation.
- Treatment of lymphedema and other conditions arising from venous insufficiency.
- Swelling relief following surgery.
Pre/post natal massage is very therapeutic, and the techniques are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the pregnant woman and their changing body. It provides tranquil relaxation, stress relief and pain management benefits, increase in blood and lymph circulation, can reduce swelling, improves outcome of labour and eases labour pain, and it enhances pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
Integrated Fascial Release
Very different from traditional massage, this technique combines principles of Kinesiology and Osteopathy to gently impose upon the autonomic nervous system a release and rebalancing of the soft tissue. The nervous system being the real focus to releasing the soft tissue. In this way the nervous system acts as “the horse” and the soft tissue becomes “the cart”.
Targeting the connective tissue of the body, primarily myofascia, ligaments and joints by facilitating the sensory receptor response through touch and utilizing the fulcrum and lever system of the joints in combination can bring about a much greater release in the soft tissues and thereby make the actual massage portion of things easier on both client and therapist.
Emotion associated with emotional or physical trauma can actually get trapped in the fascial layer of the body eliciting a painful response that can last for a very long time. Releasing the Fascia in such a way can also release emotional content from the tissues thus eliciting a somatic emotional response. This type side effect can be mild or come on like a storm and is handled in a compassionate and professional manner.
The types of conditions that can be treated with IFR include:
- Systemic conditions including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Pain.
- Regional dysfunctions, including Frozen Shoulder, Shoulder impingement, Rotator Cuff dysfunction Lower back pain.
- Joint pain.
- Cervical, jaw and neck pain and dysfunction.
Reiki is a non invasive, hands off or hands on energy and chakra balancing that originates thousands of years ago from Japan. It involves channelling life force energy to the patient, greatly aiding in boosting the healing process and has been found to be highly effective in helping an individual release emotional stress that can contribute to or even be the cause of some myofascial pain.
Where injuries occur, the energy flow of the body gets bound up and restricted. Reiki offers a simple way to return the energy flow to a natural balance thus improving healing time and quality. Though the modality is not for everyone, those that do seek it quickly understand its benefits as it can easily be combined with Massage Therapy during treatment.