I practice two main types of general massage, Relaxation Massage and Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage. I also can incorporate acupressure and reflexology into sessions to address specific health issues.
Relaxation Massage is an effective tool for managing stress, which according to experts, causes 90% of our chronic diseases, and this translates into:
Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is often used for injury rehabilitation and pain management. It is different than just using firm pressure in a Relaxation or Swedish style massage. The strokes are very slow, very focused, and sink deep into the tissue. It is also not a full body massage. Only a specific area of the body is worked on during a session, for example, just the neck and upper shoulders, or the lower back and hips, or the feet and calves, wherever there are adhesions, scars, or trigger points in the tissue causing pain, chronic discomfort, or decreased range of motion.
Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage works by releasing these various points of tension and allowing the muscle and connective tissue to move more freely, thereby decreasing pain and increasing range of motion. This may be somewhat uncomfortable during the massage, but should be a tolerable type of pain. Good communication with the therapist is vital because if the massage elicits too much pain, the body sets up a defensive response, and the technique becomes ineffective.
An improved range of motion is usually noticed immediately after a deep tissue massage. It is also possible to feel a little sore for a day or two, like what is experienced after a rigorous workout. Good hydration afterward is important in improving this recovery time, helping to flush out the toxins that have been released into the body's circulatory system.
Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage is appropriate and helpful for the following conditions:
Regular massage every 2-4 weeks with some focused attention to specific areas or issues can also have a positive impact on health, such as:
What to Expect / Frequently Asked Questions
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