Advanced Medical Massage for Ligaments
A technique developed by a British Orthopedic Physician, adapted for massage therapists. It provides a way to locate and treat dysfunction in the ligaments of the sacrum and ileum. The use of these techniques allows patients to heal from long standing chronic low back pain, breaking up old adhesions and allowing the body to lay down new healthy tissue to repair the damage. This technique works wonders for old ligament and sciatica injuries, bringing profound relief and health to the area.
A form of acupressure and energy balancing. Am-ma literally means “push-pull”. Part of an ancient healing system rooted in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Amma is an extremely specialized form of bodywork. This highly skilled modality is only performed by a handful of local practitioners.
(a.k.a. craniopathy and cranial osteopathy) is a holistic therapy that involves the manipulation of the skull bones (the cranium) and the sacrum to relieve pain and a variety of other ailments. The therapy was invented by osteopath William G. Sutherland in the 1930s. Another osteopath, John Upledger is the leading proponent of craniosacral therapy today. Like other holistic therapies, this one emphasizes subjective concepts such as energy, harmony, balance, rhythm and flow.
Deep Tissue Massage
Releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body with the use of slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted area of the muscles, tendons and fascia. The therapist assesses the quality and texture of the deeper layers of the musculature and slowly works into the deep layers of the muscle tissue. Specific hand positions and strokes are used to coax the release of muscle congestion and provide relief from chronic tension and pain.
These modalities explore the connections between the energy (electricity) that our entire body and brain work on and its connection with our emotional states. This is the mind/body (and spirit) connection — the cornerstone of all “good health.”
These techniques are long, stretching strokes, gentle traction, pressure and positioning, used to coax muscles in spasm to relax and break the adhesions in the fascia. Fascia is a connective tissue, a complex supportive web, affecting all components of the musculoskeletal, nervous and organ systems. It surrounds groups of muscle fibers, and entire muscle groups and organs. This tissue, when constricted, through physical and emotional traumas, can cause chronic pain and physical dysfunction. As these fascia adhesions are broken down, blood flow returns to the muscles and tension is released that has long been stored in the fascia, allowing more functional flexibility and mobility of the muscles.
Myoskeletal Alignment Technique or MAT
A combination of modified therapeutic modalities, including myofascial release, Rolfing®, manipulative osteopathy, neuromuscular therapy, assisted stretching, and Dalton’s joint-capsule and receptor-recoil routines. The Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) was developed as a tool to combat our nation’s escalating neck / back pain epidemic. By incorporating MAT’s muscle-balancing techniques with joint-mobilization maneuvers, therapists can quickly identify and correct dysfunctional strain patterns before they become chronic pain patterns.
Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage
Designed specifically for a pregnant woman’s changing body. As pregnancies move later in term, additional pain and pressure are placed on the low back, hips, legs and feet. Techniques are customized to release this additional strain while ensuring that the mother remains comfortable and relaxed, with the use of specially designed pillows and positions. Prenatal massage contributes to a greater overall sense of well-being, reducing stress for the mother-to-be while relieving discomfort. She is left with a feeling of strength and calm.
With “reflex” areas on your feet and hands corresponding to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body, we can apply targeted pressure to these areas and promote health in the corresponding organs and muscles through energetic pathways. This treatment is typically used in conjunction with other modalities for maximum effectiveness.
Based on the ancient theory that the vital energy force, or Ch’i, flows in connected channels, or meridians throughout the body. Each meridian is linked to an internal organ and blockages to the flow of energy can result in systemic dysfunction. Shiatsu massage uses pressure on the associated acupuncture points along the meridian affected to release the blockage and return the flow of energy. The client’s participation in breathing and stretching greatly facilitates the release of this stagnant energy.
One of the most commonly taught and well known massage techniques developed in the late eighteenth century as the first systematic application of therapeutic massage in the West. A vigorous system of five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive and tapping movements with the application of oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin. Swedish massage can shorten recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It can increase circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and young, while stimulating the skin and nervous system, and soothing the nerves at the same time. Swedish massage reduces stress, both physical and emotional and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
Traditionally performed on a mat on the floor and has been called “yoga for lazy people.” Our version has been adapted to the table but still includes achieving a flexible state of relaxation as the practitioner gently and slowly stretches the body into yoga-style positions. In Thai medicine, this is said to move energy or lom through the body releasing blockages and helping the receiver to achieve a meditative state.
Trigger Point Therapy
A pain relief technique to alleviate muscle spasms and cramping. The therapist locates and deactivates “trigger points”, which are often tender areas where muscles have been damaged or acquired a reoccurring spasm or kink that worsens painfully when aggravated. Pressure is applied to the trigger point for a short time, which can be momentarily painful but is greatly relieving. The muscles are then gently stretched to complete the relaxation process.