Massage Therapy is one of the oldest forms of treatment in the world. Superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue are addressed using various techniques in order to relieve pain, promote well-being, and enhance healing.
Therapeutic Massage is a broad term used to describe a type of massage which differs from a strictly relaxation massage. Therapeutic Massage may be used to target specific areas of stress or pain, unlike a relaxation massage which will have a more general, overall approach.
Myofascial Release focuses on releasing muscular tightness which can restrict range of motion and pull the body out of alignment. It specifically addresses loss of flexibility or function following an injury or chronic pain in any area of the body containing soft tissue.
Muscular Therapy is a form of therapeutic massage developed by Ben Benjamin, Ph. D. that provides relief for pain due to muscle tension or soft-tissue injury. A muscular therapist seeks to understand and help solve the underlying cause of your discomfort in order to provide lasting relief. In addition to utilizing deep tissue, myofascial release, and other relieving techniques, a practitioner teaches self-care exercises specific to areas of chronic tension resulting from overuse, injury, or life stress.
Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue massage utilizing static finger pressure and friction to release strain in the soft tissue of the body and, as a result, balancing the central nervous system. Injury, stress, or trauma can cause the nervous system to accelerate and cause pain and/or dysfunction.
Combining some elements of sports and medical massage, orthopedic massage integrates several modalities to treat soft-tissue pain and injury. Emphasis is placed on understanding both the injury and its rehabilitation criteria. After assessing the client's needs, the practitioner adapts the treatment to match the injury, determining and implementing what is needed for relief or recovery.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and/or recovery. Before an event, it is helpful to establish blood flow and warm up the muscles, and afterwards it is important to calm the nervous system and begin flushing toxins out of the body. Post-event massage can also reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training sooner. If and when an injury is sustained, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
Deep Tissue Massage is administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. Deep Tissue Massage helps with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation, and reduction of inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.