TYPES OF MASSAGE
Remedial Massage :: is defined as the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It is performed to create favourable conditions that allow the body to return to normal health after injury. Remedial massage is designed to eliminate pain and restore optimal musculoskeletal function. It involves the use of a number of soft tissue techniques including classical massage, neuromuscular release, cross fibre and myofascial techniques, deep tissue, mobilisations, stretches and low load and activation exercises to achieve results.
Remedial massage treatment can provide relief for:
Sore achy back, neck & shoulder issues
Postural & remedial problems
Sports injuries & maintenance
Stress & anxiety
General musculoskeletal discomfort and maintenance
Repetitive strain problems
Neuromuscular Therapy :: is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries. NMT involves applying a pressure on passively or actively stretched muscle.
Deep Tissue Massage :: is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage may be therapeutic -- relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Myofascial Release :: is a manual therapy technique often used in massage. The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. Localising pain to a specific trigger point may be difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points. During myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure.
Sports Massage :: is not a specific massage technique, moreover it is a style of therapy that utilises a variety of massage techniques to achieve a specific sports goal. It is specifically designed to support an athletes training and competition program and will vary depending on whether it is being utilised pre or post event or for rehabilitation to assist in injury management and restoration. Generally sports massage is designed to enhance flexibility, full range of motion, prevent injuries and promote optimal performance, and is beneficial to anybody who is active.
Pregnancy Massage :: can support a woman's body as it experiences all the major changes it goes through during pregnancy. Massage can reduce overall stress, decrease arm and leg swelling and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially designed massage pillows, the massage therapist will help get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage. The best position on the table will depend on the stage of pregnancy you are in and will be discussed before commencing your treatment, however a supported side lying position is often utilised.
Swedish Relaxation Massage :: is a smooth, gentle, flowing full body massage that promotes general relaxation, relieves muscular tension, and improves circulation based on classical techniques of Swedish massage. The aim of this type of massage is to relax you, stimulate nerve endings, increase blood flow and lymph drainage. Compared to remedial massage, the relaxation massage is focused on whole body and less pressure is applied and the strokes are longer. The techniques used include muscle kneading and deep circular movements as well as friction and tapping.
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