Therapeutic massage incorporates a variety of massage techniques that enhance the body’s natural restorative functioning. Light to firm touch is used to release tension, relax muscles, increase blood and lymph circulation, and impart a sense of calm. Therapeutic massage therapy can be used as a collaborative, supportive addition to conventional medical treatment of illness and injury, alleviating pain and stress, aiding soft tissue healing, and revitalizing the body. Also, regular massage can enhance health, providing relaxation, release of muscle tightness, relief from anxiety and tensions, and balancing aspects of body/mind/spirit.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques
Swedish Massage: Flowing, kneading, and passive joint movement techniques. Promotes release of toxins from the muscles and creates an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being. Stimulates the skin and nervous system, increases blood circulation, and reduces both physical and emotional stress.
Deep Tissue Massage: Work done deep within deep layers of muscle and connective tissue. Slow strokes and deep finger pressure work to release contracted areas of muscles and surrounding tissue.
Reflexology: Pressure point holds stimulate reflex channels. Effective for areas of tension or pain. Hands, feet, and ear pressure points are massaged to promote general well-being.
Neuromuscular Massage: Advance massage techniques effectively treat chronic pain and injuries. Improves muscular and postural imbalances.
Reiki: Hands are placed just off the body or lightly touching the body. The practitioner seeks to transmit Universal Life Energy to the client. It can create deep relaxation, speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy: This 90 minute session uses a variety of large and small smooth heated stones to melt away tension and stress, resulting in deep relaxation.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Stress, Anxiety, Depression: Promotes relaxation response, enhances coping mechanisms in patients undergoing treatment for cancer, reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress disorders