Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing tissue flexibility, balance and function. Manual therapy techniques include patient specific moveable pressure, holding, mobilization of tension throughout the body’s soft tissues regions.
Massage therapy is a great complement to other services available here at Mission Wellness.
TYPES OF MASSAGES AVAILABLE
Deep tissue massage is used to target specific areas of hypertonicity and release chronic muscle pain. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints).
Swedish massage is exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
The goal is relaxing then entire body and this is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.
Trigger point massage (also known as myotherapy) is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. The result of trigger point massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment.
Sports massage can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed massage promotes flexibility, removes fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries, and prepares them to compete at their absolute best.
Medical Massage is a type of deep tissue therapy that is specifically targeted to a certain medical condition or concern. In Medical Massage the session is solely directed toward the medical concern and a full-body treatment may not be required.
This type of massage is very useful for post surgeries, such as knee, shoulder and hip replacements.
Foot reflexology is a simple, non-invasive method to help balance the body. It has been described as a natural therapy that requires that application of a specific type of pressure on particular areas of the feet. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part of the body. Reflexology serves to relax, improve circulation and promote general wellness.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin. The therapy is used to relieve that is called "stagnation" in TCM terms, and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis, Cupping is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain. Its advocates claim it has other applications as well.
Cranial Sacral therapy (also known as craniosacral therapy) is a gentle, noninvasive form of alternative medicine that deals with the movement of the fluid surrounding the skull and spine. Cranial sacral therapists ease the restrictions of nerve passage by focusing on the membranes that encase the central nervous system.
Integrative Massage is intended for a wide variety of concerns and is terminology used as a description for the techniques utilized by the therapist. Integrative Massage is used to describe massage therapy that relies on multiple techniques to accomplish goals for the client. This often comes into play where someone might be seeking an overall deep-tissue massage, but has a minor medical concern that they would prefer a little extra time devoted to.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY
Myofascial Release Therapy is a safe, effective massage modality that involves sustained pressure to the Myofascial connective tissue. This modality helps to release restrictions in the connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion. These restrictions can be caused by a wide variety of life experiences, including, but not limited to: trauma, injuries, inflammation, and/or surgical procedures.