Swedish Massage is a relaxation massage. The benefits of a Swedish Massage include decreased stress, improved circulation and tissue health. The lymphatic system is also stimulated which will help to strengthen your immune system. A regular Swedish Massage is recommended for general maintenance and health of the body.
Deep Tissue Massage is particularly helpful to alleviate muscle strain after excessive sports, physical training and prolonged sitting. Muscles can become chronically overused(or under), and adhesions or scar tissue begin to form causing pain and restrictive movement. Deep Tissue Massage works to stimulate and increase circulation in the deeper layers of muscle and nourish the connective tissue to help release lactic acid from our bodies and restore homeostasis.
Joint mobilizations consist of passive movements and are applied in three different ways: 1. a series of gentle, smooth stretches, 2., a sustained stretch to an individual joint, or 3., in a controlled rhythmical fashion called oscillations. A bone is moved in a specific direction, relative to its adjacent joint surface. It is a non-painful technique that can help promote structural alignment, decrease pain, nourish the joint capsule, and allow greater pain free range of motion and mobility.
Fascia is a strong, fibrous connective tissue that weaves throughout the entire body. It envelopes the skin, muscles, bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels. Often adhesions and restrictions can occur in this connective tissue and it can become a source of pain and limited mobility. Myofascial Release addresses these restrictions to help restore range of motion, improve circulation and decrease debilitating pain.
Myofascial Trigger Points are often referred to as “knots” in a muscle and are a very common cause of pain. They are hyperirritable points in skeletal muscle tissue that are present as palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres. Compression of an Trigger Point may illicit specific point tenderness and/or referred pain. Headaches from tight shoulder muscles are an example of referred pain. Myofascial Trigger Point Release acts to realign these muscle fibres and helps to restore function and mobility, increase circulation and decrease pain.