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This simply means that the therapist
evaluates the needs of the client and determines what type or types of massage are indicated. These can include one or more
of the following:Swedish massage Deep tissueTrigger
Swedish Massage - The Therapist uses
firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension. Swedish Massage is best known for it's smooth, gliding
strokes called effleurage. The pressure used can range from light to firm. Generally, when someone asks for a relaxing massage,
this is the type of massage they will receive.
Deep Tissue Massage - This type of massage
is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue uses many of
the same movements and techniques as Swedish Massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused
massage as we work to release chronic muscle tension or knots. Deep tissue is usually done very slowly. The slower the movement,
the more it penetrates to the deeper muscles. Deep tissue does not have to be painful. Some may feel some discomfort, but
with good communication with the therapist, it can be an effective treatment without being very painful.
Trigger Point - This therapy
is a techniqe that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other
parts of the body. Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active
and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when
pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the
body. Latent trigger points are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion of old
age. The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace. Trigger
point therapy is almost always integrated with other massage modalities. Muscles will be warmed up for several minutes before
attempting any type of trigger point. Trigger point can be painful, but most people describe it as a "good pain".
Clients are told that on a scale of 1-10, the pain should never be more than a 7. Most clients who have chronic pain and receive
trigger point therapy, claim that it is miraculous.
Stretching - This is implemented during
a regular massage. Using gentle stretching can help loosen tight muscles and tendons, relieve joints, and help finish off
the benefits of deep tissue and trigger point.
Hot/Cold Treatment - Also called contrast
therapy. This therapy is effective on chronic pain and is a great tool for the therapist to use during the massage and the
client to use on their own. Contrast therapy is believed to work because heat expands, cold contracts. Physiologically this
translates into the use of heat as a vasodilator - bringing nutrient rich blood to surface areas - and the use of cold acting
as a vasoconstrictor - driving blood to the body's core - nourishing and protecting the inner organs of the body. Used alone,
heat can help to relax aching muscles, while cold reduces inflammation and inhibits pain. Pain reduction happens, in part,
because the body's pain receptors are particularly sensitive to changes in temperature. Cooler temperatures slow the velocity
of nerve transmission, while heat tends to increase the velocity. Variations in heat and cold also have a physiological effect
on the body's pain gate mechanism. In very simple terms, the brain is momentarily distracted away from sending or receiving
pain messages through the use of contrasting temperatures. It is applied cold, hot, cold, hot, cold. It must begin and end
with cold. Each rotation is 5 minutes in length only. The time is key for it to be the most effective.
Reflexology - The practice of massaging
or pressing on parts of the feet with the goal of encouraging beneficial effects on other parts of the body or to improve
Reiki - Reiki
is a very gentle, non-invasive form of 'energy work'. The development of Reiki is attributed to a Japanese Buddhist named
Mikai Usui (1865-1926). Reiki is based on the idea that there is life force energy that can be encouraged to flow. The word
Reiki is made of two Japanese words . Rei means "God's Wisdom" and Ki (known as "Chi" in Chinese) is "life-force
Cupping - Therapeutic massage cupping
is a pleasant and gentle, non-invasive technique that achieves powerful results. This therapy is done by using specialized
cups that create a suction on the skin and tissue. It can range from very light to very deep. It is wonderful for pulling
toxins to the surface and loosening fascia, the connective tissue between skin and muscle. Cupping is very effective for a
multitude of conditions such as: fibromyalgia, cellulite, asthma, Parkinson's Disease, chronic pain, arthritis, migraines,
scars and adhesions, muscular aches and many many more. Cupping is usually integrated with a regular massage and can be used
on the whole body or used on areas of chronic pain only. It is a versatile tool that greatly adds to the massage benefits.
- Massage cupping applications for the face have evolved with the discovery of microcups that can be used
to vacuum across the skin or mimic the pumping action of lymphatic drainage. The benefits include increased local circulation
to the skin, bringing nutrition to the surface. It will also drain stagnant fluids and ease puffiness. The muscles of the
face benefit greatly from reduced tension and tightness, easing expression lines and loosening rigid muscles. Lines, wrinkles
and scar tissue will soften and plump.
- Massage cupping can be used to reduce the
appearance of cellulite and recontour the body. The treatment starts with a light suction to provide drainage, then increases
to a heavier suction to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions and dimpling. After the cupping treatment, a seaweed gel
is applied and then the client is wrapped in warm towels and then a space blanket to retain the heat. While the client is
"wrapped", they will receive a head and neck massage to help them relax even more. After the wraps are removed,
an organic lotion is applied to finish the treatment.
Guasha - Utilizes a scraping technique to
break up the lactic acid surrounding tight muscles.
Lymphatic Flow Therapy
With the use
of several essential oils and certain massage techniques, this therapy is designed to open the lymphatic system, allowing
the body and all systems to spontaneously detox.
This is a therapeutic
technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus
theri minds. Although hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians agree it can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique
for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety, and mood disorders. Hypnosis can also help people change their habits,
such as quitting smoking. (Definition as given by the American Psychological Association).
* Sports Performance
* Food cravings
This type of
hynotherapy can regress you to an earlier age, or if your beliefs allow, to an earlier life, to aid in memory recall. This
can be beneficial in dealing with current problems because it can bring an understanding that may now be buried deep in the
subconscious mind. An example of this: I have been battling my weight for the past twenty years. I eat healthy and exercise
and it is still a continual struggle, even gaining at times for no reason. Through regressive hypnosis I was able to go back
to the age of eleven and pull out a memory I had no idea was there. A woman had been telling my mom that if she did not get
me on a diet I would end up fat. (I was not fat, I was 92 pounds). Apparently, that got buried so deep that it was affecting
me even though I did not remember this. I've talked to my mom and neither of us can remember who that was, but it obviously
stayed with me.
type of therapy combines therapeutic massage with energy healing with suggestive hypnotherapy. This can be an extremely powerful
tool to heal both mind and body at the same time, bringing a healing to the deepest level. The suggestive therapy can be on
any topic (is not limited to pain).