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By far, the most popular benefit of Swedish massage is that it is both relaxing and invigorating. It is an excellent way to help rid the body of tension and to achieve a sense of overall being. There are five basic movements to increase circulation and, in theory, removing toxins from muscles. The therapist uses firm but gentle pressure, aided by lotions or oils to reduce friction, to compress and relax muscles. The five principal moves of Swedish massage are:
EFFLEURAGE : Long gliding strokes in which pressure can vary depending on the therapist and client
PETRISSAGE : A kneading movement designed to relax muscles and increase circulation by compressing and relaxing muscle tissue
TAPOTEMENT : Tapping muscles with the side of the hand, fingers, or palm to release tension and cramping
VIBRATION : Using hands to create rapid movement that relaxes and soothes
FRICTION : This is a strong, rapid, circular movement usually done to release muscle tension normally, friction is applied for only a short period of time to avoid an inflammatory response
If is your first time receiving a massage or you don't get treatment very often, Swedish relaxation is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with different techniques and pressure levels, enabling a tolerance to build for more specific and deeper pressure therapeutic sessions in the future.
DEEP TISSUE / TRIGGER POINT THERAPEUTIC SESSION:
Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles and connective tissue. Deep Tissue is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, involved in physical activity or work, or for patients who have sustained physical injury. The sessions are specific to problem areas. Trigger Point work is consistent with Deep Tissue therapy, this involves deactivating "knots" which can form when fluids passing through the muscle and connective tissues get trapped in the fibers due to a build up of lactic acid, forming little "sacks" of metabolical waste , which when get activated due to overuse or injury, start to push on nerve endings resulting in pain or limited range of motion.
Five basic techniques for Deep Tissue / Trigger Point Therapy
DEEPER PRESSURE AND LONGER STROKES
Using deeper pressure allows the therapist to reach deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. The long slow strokes are usually performed primarily with forearms and elbows. This helps loosen the tension and toxicity located beneath the surface.
Skin lifting is an example of basic fascial release technique used to free restrictions in the connective tissue. The skin is gently picked up with the fingers and slowly pulled away from the underlying tissues. This technique releases adhering tissues and makes them more pliable.
FASCIAL MOBILIZATION USING FINGERTIPS
Myofascial mobilization techniques uses the fingertips to engage and elongate superficial fascial tissues. First, sensitive fingers feel for adhesions in the fascia. When a restriction is located, the tissues are then pushed horizontally to the point of resistance, until the release is felt.
FASCIAL MOBILIZATION USING FOREARM / ELBOW
The forearm / elbow may be used in a similar way to release restrictions in myofascial tissues in broad areas. The forearm is used to apply enough pressure to engage deeper fascia and then slowly stretch the tissues horizontally.
SPREADING WITH THE HEELS OF THE HAND
In this technique, the hands engage the skin side-by-side and then pull apart, spreading the tissues until resistance is felt
Stretching counteracts tension by lengthening contracted muscle tissue, and mechanically "pumps" lactic acid and other waste products out of the muscles, once the contraction has been relaxed, normal circulation is restored, and the muscles can rest. If there has been micro-tearing due to overuse or injury, stretching will help realign developing scar tissue to prevent Adhesions from forming. Stretching allows the muscle to regain its full range of motion by lengthening muscle fibers that have become shortened by work or exercise.
Prossage Heat is a uniquely blended ALL NATURAL area specific warming ointment. This ointment was formulated specifically for Deep Tissue work, myofascial release, and Trigger Point therapy. With its warming properties, is a revolutionary breakthrough for effective treatment of symptoms of soft tissue pain and dysfunction throughout the body. Hearing the tissues calms hyper excited thermoreceptors and reduces spasms in muscles and ligaments, and increases blood flow resulting in an increase of oxygen to the area.
Once a muscle or joint is injured, regular exercise is typically the key to rehabilitation, but when pain limits a body's ability to exercise, the healing process takes longer. Bio-freeze products help break this pain cycle, by relieving pain through a method known as " Gate Control ".
In the gating process, menthol acts to stimulate specific sensory receptors in the skin thereby blocking other receptors from sending pain signals to the brain. Bio-freeze products provide temporary relief from minor aches and pains of sore muscles and joints associated with backache, arthritis, strains, and pains.
Aromatherapy, a process utilizing the purest essence of a plant, is a 4,000-year-old technique. Distilled essential oils have been employed as medicines since the invention of distillation in the eleventh century. The art of massage has its own deeply rich roots separately, these two therapeutic traditions hold individual prowess in the realm of personal health and well being. Together however, they become a formidable health alliance that can address not only a person 's physical health, but the health of the mind and spirit as well. Essential oils are extracted from herbs, flowers, and plants with the intent to improve a person's longevity and well being. The benefits derived from aromatherapy during a massage come in part from the contact the essential oil has on our skin, but even more so how it affects us when it's inhaled and absorbed through the soft-tissue linings of or nose and mouth.
STRESS MANAGEMENT ESSENTIAL OIL
A powerful aromatic blend of orange to uplift and energize, lavender to balance and calm, combining with sandalwood creates the perfect blend to de-stress.
MUSCLE & JOINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Lotus Touch Muscle and Joint Essential Oil Blend is a fusion of Indian Basil, peppermint, Himalayan cedar wood and black spruce essential oils to reduce muscle fatigue and soreness. Ideal for Deep Tissue / Trigger Point therapeutic sessions
RELAXATION ESSENTIAL OIL
A woodsy, sweet and fresh aroma to encourage a state of deep relaxation. Includes grounding sandalwood, sedative petitgrain and calming tangerine essential oils to help calm and uplift the client.