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!
Be Well and Nurture your Mind, Body & Spirit
Cupping therapy is an ancient technique used as early as 3,500 years ago by the Egyptians as well as by Hippocrates in ancient Greece to cure many ailments. Still it is used today to compliment many therapies and bodywork including massage, detoxification, spa treatments, lymphatic drainage and myofascial and triggerpoint release. A common Chinese practice, cupping is a simple way to produce big results. Cupping originated with the use of animal horns to create a suction over the skin to drain out toxins from snake bites and skin lesions, and eventually graduated to bones, shells and eventually glass. The use of a cup is to create suction against the skin's surface where the cup is placed to create a negative pressure; this softens tight muscles, drain excess toxins & fluids by opening lymphatic pathways, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissues, and increased circulation to the area treated.
Cupping therapy can be used for conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Neuromuscular dysfunction, cellulite and scar & stretch mark reduction as well as general detoxification, wellness & relaxation. The cups are placed on the body by an experienced practitioner and a level of suction is created in an area of stress or tension. The cups should only be left on a few minutes to achieve desired results. The longer the cups are left on, the more blood is pulled to the area. Very quick bruising and cupping 'hickies' are occur with the placement of the cups, and the longer left on, the more intense the markings. My markings shown lasted about a week and a half. The treatment is not uncomfortable or painful unless too much suction is brought to the area, which is easy to reduce with the knobs on top of the cups.
The cups can also be moved along the body while suctioned and perform a type of deep tissue massage, which may I mention is much easier on the therapist. It picks up underlying tissues and and get deeper quicker than regular manual therapy.
Although probably not for everyone, I definitely recommend cupping therapy for anyone interested, just be sure to go to someone with the proper knowledge and training. It is not a replacement for treatment for any condition, and always consult your doctor before trying any new therapy. If you are interested, let me know-I'll give you the information for my cupping therapist, Nicole! :)
Often times when you mention energy work, including Reiki, Polarity, Chakras and Auras people's eyebrows raise and the skepticism kicks in full force. Witchery, voodoo and plain 'hooey' are what comes to most people's minds who don't understand the make up of the human body and it's relation to the rest of the world. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction & relaxation that can facilitate healing. It's based on the idea that we all have a 'life force' energy in us that animates us & promotes our wellness. When our energy is low we are more likely to feel sick and have 'dis-ease'. If our energy is high we feel healthier & happier. Now it's how and why energy work has its place in the world I would like to share. Way back when you were in elementary school you listened to your science teacher drone on about molecules and how everything is made up of chemical compounds and energy you were more than likely passing notes or doodling in your notebook. Little did you know how much insight you were being given about how this world works, including you! How about physics? Did you learn about matter? I bet they said 'matter is anything that has mass and takes up space'. I bet you they also said that matter is made of molecules and atoms that contain particles like protons and electrons. Now fast forward a few years into biology and you start studying things like cells and the basic make up of living organisms including the human body. Molecular biology and physiology discuss the make up of the human body which includes atoms, molecules, protons, electrons, neurons and all kinds of chemical processes that are a part of my new-found fascination with the human body and how it works.
Now who can argue that the human body is made up of the same atoms and molecules that everything else in the world is made of? And in addition, if matter has energetic properties then who can argue about things such as the electrical currents between the synapses of neurons in the brain? Electrical currents flow all through the body including the nervous system, the heart and circulatory system all working to regulate the body and homeostasis. In my book suggestion you'll see below there is a chapter on the scientific explaination of Reiki energy and energy work. We are of no doubt made up of buzzing energy the same as the desk I'm sitting at and the light beaming down on me through the electrical current activating the light bulb above my head. Energy is defined as the 'ability to do work'. There is potential and kinetic energy.Cars can move because gasoline is stored energy, TVs & computers run on energy and we can move, run and work because be break down food we eat into energy. Energy is always changing from potential to kinetic, called transformation energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one state to the other.
Now back to the voodoo of energy work. Now the idea behind energy work is that we can promote balance and harmony to the body by manipulating the energy fields surrounding it. If the energy field is blocked or disrupted this can promote illness and dis-ease. The fact is energy work is quite ancient and has been around for centuries. It is based on the 'life force' or 'qui' in Traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese systems of meridians maps out energy pathways that supply vital energy to our physical and subtle body. The subtle body includes the energy field surrounding it. Chakras are like energy transformers found in the body that promote health and healing. They take the life force around us and transform it into energy we need to sustain balance. The are seven chakras starting at the base of the spine and work up to the crown of the head; if they are disrupted or blocked this again can cause unbalance and dis-ease. Auras are a part of the subtle body that extend out from the physical body. They contain many levels of vibration that correlate to the different chakras of the body. Illness can start in the aura, manifesting with negative energy that starts in the subconscious mind. Ever heard of 'bad karma'? Same principle applies to being able to feel the presence of certain people, whether they have good or bad energy.
Now Reiki comes from the Japanese words 'Rei', meaning 'God or Higher Power' and 'Ki' which is life-force energy. So Reiki is 'spiritually guided life force energy'. It is the laying of hands by an attuned practitioner who acts as a channel to pass needed energy already in and around them through them and to the client in areas of dis-ease. An attunement is a process of getting 'keyed-in' to tap into this energy by a Reiki master. Reiki session can be done fully clothed or incorporated into a regular massage session. The practitioner works a series of areas throughout the body, laying their hands directly on or 'beaming' just over the surface of the body. The practitioner will move on to the next spot once they feel each area has received appropriate time for the energy it needs. Anyone can get attuned by a Reiki master, it does not require super extensive training, and once it's there, it's there forever. When I got attuned I was a bit skeptical, I had not really had good luck working with energy work thus far in my education at IMI. However in this process it was amazing the things I felt and saw! Feeling the passing of energy as tingling and heat came to the forefront for me; and I was able to see colors and auras with my eyes closed of the people in front and behind me!
This work is very subtle, and I have had success with it so far in my practice. The transfer of energy can be felt as tingling or heat, or it can be so sublte that you don't feel much of anything but the work is still done. Reiki can never do harm, it can only add energy in places where you need it or be done for an over-all feeling of balance. Be well everyone!
Nurture your mind, body and spirit~Namaste :)
Book Suggestion: The Spirit of Reiki by Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava and William Lee Rand-Lotus Press
What the heck is lymphatic drainage? That's what I said when I started massage school and was looking through my possible electives. So many of the modalities of Myomassology sound so complicated and foreign that I wouldn't feel comfortable asking for the services, let alone anyone who is not in the massage therapist world. Learning so much about the body, how it works and how fascinating all of the different systems are & how they work together I'm learning more and more how important bodywork is. As a society we get so caught up in the daily routine of work, school, kids, carpools and house work it is easy to push aside taking care of ourselves. 'As soon as things slow down' or 'as soon as I get through this month, I'll get back on track and start taking care of myself'. I say that all of the time, heck I said it last week! But the truth is that life is truly what happens when we're busy making other plans, so chosing a way to be and live your life on a daily basis is the way to actively play a part in who you are and will be for years to come. And being active in your bodily maintenance and well being I feel is the best way to ward off illness and live a long, healthy life.
Bodywork has so many subtle techniques that can make just the world of difference in how we feel from day to day. This is what I learned when taking an introduction course in Lymphatic Drainage (pronounced dra-naj) at Irene's. This technique is a very light touch that facilitates in the removal of excess fluid built up in the body. Your lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network in the body that stimulates the immune system and helps keep fluid levels of the body in balance. It is a network of conduits (or ducts) just below the skins surface that carry a clear fluid through the body called lymph. Two-thirds of the body's water is intracellular, or inside the cells. The remaining third is extracellular, or fluid around the cells. This one thirds main component is interstitial fluid. It is the lymph systems job to collect this fluid (where it then becomes lymph), containing plasma and protein to the blood to go back up to the heart and into the cardiovascular system where it can be filtered and eliminated.
Lymph contains many things, some things the body needs and some things that it doesn't. When lymph is collected by a series of channels it is filtered as it moves along and collects in the lymph nodes. These nodes are kidney-shaped organs located in the jointed areas of the body. They produce lymphocytes that capture and destroy pathogens and help filter the lymph. When this interstitial fluid builds up it can result in edema, or swelling. Lymphatic work is light, precise and rhythmic-helping to move along any stagnant fluid or lymph in the body. An educated touch can actually feel the fluid flowing just under the skin. This technique can be incorporated into a regular massage session, or entire sessions can be performed using this technique. Lymphatic work can be done to help with minor swelling, sports injuries, achne, trigger points and sinus issues. It's great for detoxing, fibromyalgia or general good health. Be sure to always ask your therapist if they have proper training, as there are many contraindications (reasons to not perform) for this modality such as acute infections and congestive heart failure.
So, in other words.....lymphatic drainage is an excellent technique to add to your normal therapeutic routine to help stimulate your immune system and aid in your over-all health. It's the little steps we consciously take day to day that make a difference. Knowledge is power, and the more we know the better choices we can make for ourselves and others. I hope this information was both interesting and helpful. To all of you I send out wishes to be well.........
Keep in touch and we'll talk about reading food labels. I still need to work on paying more attention when it comes to this, but after reading what I did about food labels it's no wonder we are the unhealthiest nation around!
"The number one killer of Americans is the American diet-not heart disease, not cancer, not diabetes. The #1 contributor/cause of all those diseases is our overly processed, nutrient weak diet. Up to 80% of these diseases are totally preventable." ~Cindy Holt RN, BSN, CMT
Nurture your mind, body and spirit~Namaste :)
Book suggestion: 'Your Key to Good Health: Unlocking the Power of Your Lymphatic System' by Elaine Hruska.
Hello lovelies. I hope you enjoy my journey of discovering my magick and Divine Feminine along with health, wealth of spirit and evolution. I am happy to share my experiences with you to heal, love, and evolve. Namaste-Heather Rae