THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE THERAPY
Deep tissue massage or sports massage uses deeper pressure and cross-fiber friction in order to release tissue that is adhered or in spasm, which is therapeutic for the individual receiving the treatment.
During a therapeutic massage, your therapist will make an assessment of any pain or discomfort you may feel in your hips, shoulders, lower back, etc. After the problem areas have been identified, your therapist will, then, follow these steps:
Make an Assessment
- Take a history of previous injuries and bodily pains.
- Test range of motion while feeling muscles and tissues.
Propose a Treatment Plan
- Determine your current condition.
- Present the treatment plan, which may include a full-body massage or localized massage depending on assessment.
- Recommend long-term treatments, if necessary.
- Suggest alternative treatments, such as heat, ice, stretching, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, etc.
- Perform a thorough therapeutic massage based on your assessment and treatment plan.
- Review the results at the end of the treatment plan.
- Provide additional recommendations based on the results (i.e. adding more sessions, changing the frequency of sessions)
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic pain patterns of tension build-up in the body. Through slow strokes and deep finger or elbow pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. It also helps break up and eliminate scar tissue that builds up in the body and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by tendonitis and arthritis.
A deep tissue massage is intended to alleviate pain and tension hidden deep within the muscle tissues. You can expect an intense therapy session. Please note that deep tissue massages are not intended to be a gentle and soothing experience, although they are meant to reduce pain. If you’re looking for a lighter, more soothing massage, we recommend a traditional relaxation massage.
Sports injuries occur during any type of physical exercise, not just while playing a sport. Common sports injuries include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, torn ACL, torn ligaments, and sprains and strains. Improper use of weights or lack of proper equipment are often to blame. Other times, accidents happen. If we have fitness goals in mind, it can be easy to ignore our physical limitations. Sport massages helps alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity where minor injuries and lesions occur due to over exertion and/or overuse. Massages can break them down quickly and effectively. Sport massages incorporates a combination of techniques, including stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response technique similar to acupressure or shiatsu. This treatment tends to be deeper and more intense.
Young Living Raindrop Technique
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage involves the use of water-heated Basalt stones (lava rocks) that are applied to the body to promote deep muscle relaxation. Basalt stones are naturally smooth and polished and when coated in oil, they can also be used to massage your body. The stones retain their heat, which also loosens your muscles and mitigates tension.
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