Ferndale Yoga, massage, meditation and wellness
What is massage therapy? Massage therapy is a type of bodywork where the therapists works in several different modalities (or techniques) to manipulate soft tissue to help increase function and induce relaxation. Massage can also help increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutirents to the tissues, decrease inflammatioin, increase flexibility, reduce muscle tension and pain, reduce pain & stiffness in muscles & joints and much more. The benefits are endless, and we at Complete Care have a great team of therapists to help you with your specific needs! We are all trained in several modalities, and some of us specialize in certain fields. In today's blog I will share with you some different types of massage therapy to give you a better idea of what you may need for your specific needs. And always feel free to call or stop in with any specific questions, our therapists would be happy to answer them for you!
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Our trained therapists will typically use a combination of the following modalities to tailor each session to each individual's specific needs. We always work in conjunction with the doctors to facilitate proper treatment
with safety of the patient first priority
Swedish Massage Therapy (Standard Relaxation Massage)
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also
known as Swedish or relaxation massage. Massage therapists use long
smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle
using massage lotion, cream or oil. Swedish massage can be very gentle and
relaxing, creating a smooth, flowing type of session. Those who like relaxation massage can also request firmer pressure with the same flowing session. If you've never had massage before, trying out a relaxation massage is a good way to start out.
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is quite popular with
expectant mothers and recommended by many doctors. Therapists knwo the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage, as well as how to modify techniques for her comfort and saftey. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression.
At Complete Care we have our prenancy pillow in which the expectant mother can lay on her stomach all the way to full term, a woman's best friend towards the end!
Although reflexology basically a foot massage, it is much more than simple foot
massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot
that correspond to organs and systems in the body. A reflexology session is said to help
not onlyrelax but help achieve overall healing and balance for the entire body.
Reflexology is very relaxing, and perfect for the person who wants a shorter session and someone who works on their feet all day. You wont even have to get undressed and will feel the benefits everywhere!
This Japanese healing technique is performed fully clothed and works to restore the
life-energy balance in the body and may aid in stress reduction, relaxation,
& overall well being. Reiki is a specific type of subtle energy work in which healing is performed by the
touch of the hands, allowing the flow of the energy from a limitless source to
the patient via the Reiki practitioner. It is extremely powerful, yet gentle
energy that can be easily channeled to yourself and others, just by intension. This is a great technique
for someone weary about massage work, but looking for some healing or overall wellness.
Deep Tissue Massage (we don't typically offer deep tissue massages, however our therapists can work deep to focus on a particular need of the patient)
Deep tissue work targets the deeper layers of muscle as well as connective tissue. The
massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of
the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful
muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People
often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage. Deep work is not always
nessesary for the best results, as therapists we have many non-invasive and effective
techniques we can use for optimal results.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical
activity but works to loosen muscles and increase flexibility. The strokes are generally faster than
Swedish massage. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used including stretching and joint mobilizations.
Great for the younger kids, athletes and those who work out often.
Geriatric Massage (Senior Massage)
Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly
population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light
application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light
oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive
friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation,
combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of
arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall
well-being. Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health
as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort,
especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.
Lymphatic massage is used to help bolster the immune system, cleanse the body of toxins
and maintain healthy muscle and skin tissue. This is an extremely light and slow type
of massage session, with the therapist barely moving the skin, but the results can be
tremendous! The lymphatic system works with other parts of the human body to handle waste
removal on a cellular level. The flow of lymph in the human body can experience blockages. When this
happens, skin can dry out and tissue does not receive the proper nutrients. Lymphatic
massage is a specific technique designed to increase circulation and the flow of
lymph. As a result, waste removal is more efficient and tissue receives more
fluids and nutrients. By eliminating these blockages, one can avoid dry and
damaged skin and weakened muscle tissue. Also, since the lymphatic system
affects the human body's immune system, lymphatic massage can reduce the
frequency of colds, joint aches, fatigue, arthritis, acne and many other
ailments by helping to remove toxins from the body. Lymphatic and other types of
massage therapy are often used for pregnant women and people with already
weakened immune systems to avoid infections or
Myofascial Release Treatment
Myofascial release is a type of treatment that uses stretching and sustained pressure to
loosen myofascial restrictions. Fascia is a very thin connective tissue that covers every part of the human body, from major organs to bone, muscle and everything in between, similar to a
membrane. You can almost picture is as a full body stocking that kind of holds
everything in place, and if you pull it or it gets tangled at one end, you can surely feel it
at the other. Fascia connects everything. Myofascial release treatment is
meant to focus on restrictions where areas of muscle and fascia have become
tense or rigid. Fascia is normally pliable, and using the heat and sustained pressure from
the therapists hand they can work to make that tissue even more pliable. Injury or tension resulting from
repetitive motion or poor posture causes it and muscle to tense up. Since fascia
connects all parts of the body with each other, tensing in one area can
negatively impact others as well. The treatment reduces the resulting pain and
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight, palpable area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other
parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral
pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then
cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point
therapy is often used in the treatment of headaches, and is specifically designed to alleviate the source
of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of
massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through
deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the
discomfort.The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in
the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in
pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a
regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic
This is only the tip of the iceburg when it come to massage therapy and the different modalities out there. Other types of massage include Thai, Shiatsu, Orthopedic, Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Hot Rocks and many many more!
Massage therapy is much more than a luxury and our therapist trained and continue to train hard to learn everything they can to help learn how to manage your pain! We look forward to working with you in the future
and hope you take advantage exploring the different areas of massage therapy!
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