Swedish/Therapeutic Massage reduces emotional and physical stress and is suggested as part of stress management programs. It also has specific clinical uses in medical or remedial therapy. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches ligaments and tendons, keeping them young and supple. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on re-aligning the deeper layer of muscle and connective tissue. When there is chronic injury, there are adhesions (painful rigid tissue) in the muscle, tendons and ligaments (and/or scar tissue). Adhesions can cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage helps to break down the adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. The strokes are slower than those used in Swedish massage and have more pressure.
Sports massage is not only for athletes, but for anyone experiencing strain or discomfort following physical activity. Sports massage incorporates programs of strengthening and stretching exercises, pre-and post-event work, and education. It helps reduce the risk of injury and chronic problems, Other benefits include muscle relaxation, reduction of soreness, neuromuscular re-education, injury rehabilitation, reduction of adhesions and scar tissue, and enhanced body awareness.
Pregnancy Massage eases many adverse effects of stress and discomfort during pregnancy. In preparation for pregnancy, the pelvis and uterus benefit from stabilization and normalization, which minimize delivery difficulties and pain. Pregnancy massage can:
- Control varicose veins and reduce swelling
- Stimulate glandular secretion, stabilizing hormonal levels
- Prepare the body for easier delivery
Infant Massage is an essential form of touch communication, and our first language. It assists in the positive growth and development of baby’s body, mind, and spirit. Infant massage can assist in bringing relief to babies suffering from:
- Respiratory congestion
Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle massage that assists the drainage of waste fluid from the tissues through the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system carries waste through the tissues, through the lymph nodes, and into the blood system. Lymphatic drainage decreases swelling, pain, fatigue, and speeds the body’s recovery by stimulating the immune system.