Oncology Massage Therapy
Oncology Massage Therapy is the modification of massage techniques in order to safely work with the effects of cancer and cancer treatment, and includes people in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those nearing the end-of-life.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Massage
Massage therapies can not only relax tensed muscles and ease the physical pain, they can trigger the body’s relaxation response, breaking the cycle of fight or flight. Massage has been proven to decrease cortisol levels which are associated with high stress, depression, immune conditions, and the after effects of abuse and other types of trauma. Receiving massage also increase serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good chemicals, that are inhibited by depression and PTSD.
In Maternity Massage, Swedish massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy addressing many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
Medical massage is a form of massage therapy focusing on medical issues identified by the doctor to provide pain relief
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on targeting deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. This technique is particularly helpful for chronic aches and pains such as stiff neck and upper back, sore shoulders, low back pain, and leg muscle tightness.
Trigger Point, a small contraction knot in a muscle, is a therapeutic treatment used for the relief of pain and dysfunction originating in the muscles and connective tissue. This technique directly stretches the knotted muscle fibers in order to relieve those pain symptoms.
Myofascial release applies gentle, sustained pressure to an area that feels stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable. Focused manual pressure and stretching help to loosen restricted movement, leading to reduced pain and improved motion.
Neuromuscular therapy applies quasi static pressure to soft tissue to stimulate skeletal striated muscle. This therapy addresses poor posture, muscle dysfunction, and nerve compression syndrome.
Sports massage is a fast-paced, vigorous technique that targets muscle-tendon junctions. It is geared toward athletes of every kind, reducing fatigue, improving endurance, helping to prevent injuries, and assists towards preparing the body and mind for optimal performance.
Swedish massage is recognized as the most common and best-known type of massage in the Western world. This method can be slow and gentle or vigorous, incorporating various techniques to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, and improve well-being
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage is a type of gentle massage performed for the reduction of swelling that uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic movements to stimulate and redirect lymph flow which carries waste products away from the tissues.
Relaxation Massage involves many massage techniques coupled with deep breathing to activate the relaxation response in the muscles. The pace is generally slow, using lighter pressure with long gliding strokes, helping to encourage the mind and body to relax.
Fourteen percent of U.S. adults visited a massage therapist in 2008, and 42 percent have received a professional massage sometime in their life.
The Annals of Internal Medicine reported in 2003 that massage therapy was effective for treating persistent back pain, as did a 2000 report by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Massage therapy has been shown to strengthen the immune system, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, 1996, and Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000.
A recent study published in Depression and Anxiety showed patients halved their anxiety symptoms and stress after a series of 10 massages.