Massage: A powerful alternative to your healthcare regime.
What is massage?
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. The primary reason people seek massage therapy is to reduce overall stress and anxiety in addition to promoting general relaxation, rehabilitation of injuries and reducing pain.
Benefits of massage
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Reducing muscular tension
Massage therapy may not be appropriate if you have the following conditions:
- Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
The most common and gentle of the modalities offered, Swedish massage uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to relax and energize you. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and inducing overall relaxation.
Trigger Point Therapy
This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue helping to diminish muscle damage and adhesions commonly caused from injuries and overuse. This massage focuses on areas of the adhesions “trigger points” to reduce muscle stiffness and tenderness and to promote improved range of motion in the area.