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Massage styles and Modalities

 

  • Swedish/Relaxation Massage

  • Remedial Massage 

  • Deep Tissue Massage

  • Sports Massage

  • Trigger Point Therapy

  • Myofascial Cupping Therapy 

  • Modern Cupping Therapy

  • Myofascial Release

  • Treating TMJ Disorders

  • Muscle Energy Techniques

Sports Massage

Swedish Massage

 

A manipulation of soft tissue using light strokes and pressure to the superficial skin tissue for the purpose of affecting the nervous and muscular systems and improving general circulation to promote relaxation.   

Remedial Massage

 

Assessment and application of a variety of modalities and specific techniques to aid in recovery, rehabilitation and performance of dysfunctional soft tissue . 

Deep Tissue Massage

 

A style of massage that uses strong pressure including slow, deep strokes and friction across the muscle grain to release chronic muscle tension.

Sports Massage

 

A specific style of massage applied for muscular rehabilitation and recovery of muscular tissue to aid in athletic performance by accelerating recovery time.  Sport massage can be benefical pre and post event.   

 

Trigger Point Therapy

 

Trigger points are defined as highly irritable localised spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule in a palpable taut band of muscle tissue.

A muscles range of motion is adversely affected by the presence of trigger points.

Trigger point therapy allows the muscles to achieve a normal resting length and normal stretch during movement.

Trigger point therapy is achieved by applying pressure release, ischaemic compression to the taut band (commonly referred to as a "knot") with the therapists thumb, elbow or specialised tool for between 10 to 60 seconds.

 

Modern Cupping Therapy (based on traditional chinese cupping)

 

Modern cupping involves the use of no-flame-required cupping instruments.  Newly designed rubber cups are used to draw out soft tissue in a drawing out effect of vacuum which makes cupping a unique therapy by turning around the inward dynamic and separates and opens out the constricted tissue fibres and promotes an increase of blood supply to release tightness, increase nutrients to effected muscles, ligaments and tendons which is causing pain and restricted range of motion of muscles and joints.  Cupping is rarely painful and an alternative to deep tissue body work without the associated discomfort.  Marks or discolourations can result but fade rapidly, usually within 24 hours to a few days.  These are not bruises because they have not resulted from a traumatic event, rather a therapeutic process which has resulted in a resolution to pain and dysfunction.

 

Myofascial Release

 

Is a system of body work that acts upon the fascia surrounding muscles and other soft tissues within the body, releasing distortions and structural imbalances. This therapy softens and warms the connective tissue (fascia) surrounding the structures of the body which are restricted and increases blood flow to restricted areas. For a satisfactory release and tissue length, a gentle sustained pressure and stretch for 3-5 minutes is applied.  

Treating TMJ Disorders

 

Debilitating problem at the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) characterised by pain, stiffness, clicking, cluncking or popping sounds and aching in the jaw muscles; especially in the region of the ear.   A variety of conditions, injury or arthritis, irregular bite formation or simply effects of prolonged tooth clenching or grinding can cause tension in the surrounding muscles where little knots or 'trigger points' may develop.

These trigger points can be overcome with simple massage techniques and stretching.      

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