Massage Therapy is a manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to eliminate pain and to enhance a person’s health and well-being. Through a variety of different techniques, therapeutic massage helps reduce muscle spasm, eliminate trigger points, strengthen the immune system, decrease fatigue, relieve stress, increase blood circulation and lymphatic flow and improve joint flexibility and increase overall range of motion. Massage Therapy has been essential in helping many of the patients at MCR reach their health goals. We offer a variety of modalities including Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Myofascial Release, Relaxation Massage, Pre/Post-Natal Massage & Sports Massage. See below for a brief description of each modality.
Deep Tissue/Trigger Point Massage:
Deep tissue uses slow strokes, deep pressure, and trigger point techniques, to work deeply into muscle fibers. Generally, with a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist is working to release tight, dense muscles that may be littered with trigger points. A trigger point is a knot in your muscle fiber (could be any muscle) that has the ability to refer pain to other areas of your body, generally along nerve pathways. When you overuse a muscle, it becomes continually contracted and doesn’t know how to stop contracting, therefore producing a trigger point in the muscle fiber. Your massage therapist will communicate with your muscle fibers through massage, to help release trigger points so the muscle can stop over firing and release the tension around the knot. When the trigger point is released, you will feel your pain lessen, have increased range of motion, and have more energy.
Traumas to our body, inflammatory conditions, and surgical procedures cause restrictions in our fascial tissue. What is fascia? Fascia is one continuous sheet of connective tissue that penetrates and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. When there are restrictions in the fascial tissue, it causes you pain, headaches, adhesions, and lessened range of motion. Myofascial Release is a technique that involves applying sustained pressure into the connective tissue where there are restrictions; thus eliminating pain and restoring motion.
How is Myofascial Release different then Deep Tissue massage?
The goal is to stretch and release fascial tissue and in order to get the best results, your hands should not glide over the tissue. Also, myofascial is a lot of stretching and pulling of tissue and not so much pressing into one certain area.
What is a ‘restriction’?
Every trauma we experience affects the fascial layer and causes it to re-structure itself in response. Its job is to help us function at an optimal level, and as it works to do this, it will toughen up around traumas, places we have injured or tend to use repetitively. Scars are facial restrictions, and poor posture over time can create or cause restrictions throughout your body. There are many different causes for restrictions that may show in a variety of places.
Relaxation Massage is a massage used to relax you. This massage uses lighter, flowing strokes over the body. This increases blood flow and warms the skin. Relaxation massage is very relaxing and sometimes clients even fall asleep. You may have physical, physiological or emotional stresses in your life in which relaxation massage is very helpful in decreasing. During a relaxation massage, the goal is not to work on your ‘knots’ but to only ensure that you relax as much as possible.
Pre & Post-Natal Massage is a unique massage helping mothers-to-be and mothers to relieve tension and stress throughout their pregnancies, and afterwards as well. Contrary to some belief, massage is very safe during pregnancy and many women rave about the effects of massage during or after pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy, your center of gravity begins to change. This puts a lot of stress on the muscles in your back and abdomen. Also, as your uterus grows, the ligaments attaching to your pelvis stretch and become sore and painful. Your specially trained therapist will help to decrease muscle tension, ligament pain, and other pain and restrictions during your pregnancy. As your body changes throughout your pregnancy, each massage will be tailored to your specific needs. After you deliver you bundle of joy, your massage therapist can also help with any stress and tension you may be experiencing as a result of child birth and raising a child.
Sports Massage is a technique that is used to help athletes in many different ways. Through stretching and deep tissue massage, this technique promotes flexibility and full functioning muscles to decrease the risk of injury, improve endurance, reduce post-workout recovery time and offer a more balanced training regimen. Whether you are a high school athlete, perform at a college level, are a weekend warrior or like to work out to stay fit, our massage therapist can help you and your muscles be in the best shape. They work to decrease trigger points (knots), increase range of motion and increase the function level of your muscles to give you the edge you need to be a better athlete.