Myofascial Release is a technique that brings the body back to proper alignment. It is very effective for treating pain and restoring movement in areas of the body that are restricted due to injury, scar tissue from surgery, emotional stress or poor posture. “Fascia” is a network of dense connective tissue that covers every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel as well as our internal organs. It is one seamless web that intertwines the entire body. If you think of the fascia like the yarn of a sweater, you can see that a “pull” or tightness in one area can spread to other places in the body. These restrictions can put pressure on sensitive structures as the fascia starts to bind to underlying tissues, causing pain and limited movement. Through gentle and sustained stretching and massage the fascia is lengthened and the body is brought back to proper alignment.
Deep Tissue is a more intense form of massage that targets chronic areas of tension in the muscles, tendons and connective tissue. When a muscle is injured due to strain or overuse, the body produces chemicals that cause inflammation in order for healing to take place. These chemicals cause the muscles and connective tissue to get stuck together forming fibrous bands of scar tissue called “adhesions”. These adhesions can cause pain and restrict movement in the body. Deep Tissue massage helps free the different layers of muscles, tendons and connective tissue by breaking down these adhesions. This intensive work relaxes muscle tissue, improving circulation and eliminating toxins from the tissues. Deep Tissue Massage is a very effective treatment for repetitive strain injuries such as tendonitis.
Swedish Massage enhances circulation, relaxes muscles and soothes the nervous system. Using oil, or cream, a variation of long gliding strokes and deeper more therapeutic strokes are used to soften muscle tissue and improve the circulation of blood and lymph in the body. This increased circulation delivers nutrition to all cells as well as cleanses the tissues of metabolic waste, increasing health and immunity. Muscle tension is released, allowing the body to enter a deep state of relaxation which promotes further healing. Swedish Massage is used as a basis for deeper work.
Shiatsu, which literally means “finger pressure”, is a Japanese form of bodywork which helps restore the flow of energy or “qi” throughout the body. Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioner applies palm, finger and thumb pressure to specific energetic pathways, or “meridians” on the body. Stretches and range of motion to the limbs are also used. This relaxes the nervous system and increases the flow of energy throughout the body that may be blocked due to illness, stress, fatigue or physical injury. Shiatsu is a great treatment on its own, or can be combined with Swedish or Deep Tissue work.
Reiki is a simple yet powerful healing technique that uses touch to promote stress reduction and relaxation. The word Reiki comes from the two Japanese words: “Rei” meaning the cosmic, universal aspect of energy, and “Ki” for the life force flowing in all living beings. When our “Ki” is low, it feels as though we’re running on empty. We’re more susceptible to illness and injury. The purpose of Reiki is to raise our energy level to its maximum, free-flowing state. When our energy is flowing properly, our bodies are better able to heal and restore themselves. Reiki works in harmony with medical treatment and is being used in hospitals to shorten healing time, reduce pain and facilitate recuperation. Reiki can be used on its own or combined with other massage techniques.