Registered Massage Therapy is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. Registered massage therapists are trained to provide treatment to a high standard of professionalism and ethics.
Certified Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy, based on the principle that reflexes or points in the feet, hands, ears or face correspond with every part and organ in the body through the nerve pathways. By applying specific pressure to the reflexes, reflexology helps to improve relaxation, circulation, reduce pain, stimulate healing process and encourage overall health and wellness. To read more about Reflexology check out an article I wrote for Wellness Blogs on the subject here
Myofascial Release is a technique that works on the "fascia" which is a shealth surrounding every muscle, bone, and organ in the body. It is an effective treatment for scar tissue, repetative injuries, poor posture, chronic pain, and more.
Swedish Massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly.
Sports Massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.
Trigger Point Therapy is a specific technique that aims to release hypersensitive points or knots that are located in a muscle, ligament, tendon and/or its fascia. The trigger points are one of the many factors that may contribute to the musculoskeletal pain. Trigger points are tender on palpation, and they may cause stiffness, weakness and decreased range of motion. Upon compression of the trigger point by a therapist referred pain can rise in a specific pattern usually away from the affected area. An application of moist heat and stretching/strengthening exercises are recommended after trigger point therapy to prevent the muscle from returning to shortened state.
Hydrotherapy use of heat and cold