Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on the soft tissues(the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the
organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
Benefits Of Massage Therapy:
Relieves tired & aching muscles.
Increases flexibility & range of motion.
Calms the nervous system.
Aids in mental relaxation.
Strengthens the immune system.
Assists in the recovery from injuries & illness.
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual-and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the reciever with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually
Muscle Energy Technique:
Developed by an osteopathic physician named Dr. Fred Mitchell, the muscle energy technique is a non-invasive method of manual therapy. It is said to help with relieving pain, fixing joint issues, reducing edema and improving a person's range of motion.
Myofascial release is a hands-on, whole body approach for the evaluation and treatment of the human structure. Its focus is on the fascial system. Physical trauma, inflammatory or infectious responses, postural or structural imbalances may all cause inappropriate strains on this system.
What is the fascial system? Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to foot functionally without interruption. Fascia surrounds every muscle, bone, blood vessel, nerve, internal organ, and right to the deepest layer surrounding the brain and spinal cord right down to the cellular level. Fascia is
comprised of collagen, elastin, and surrounded with a gel like compound. These components form a three-dimensional, interdependent system of strength, support, elasticity, and cushion for our body.
Trigger Point Release:
Trigger point release is also referred to as self myofascial release. A trigger point is a way to describe muscles that are tight or taut and are typically painful. Release means relaxing the taut muscle by various ways such as massage or compression. When you learn to locate trigger points, you can work on the area to relieve pain, relax the muscle and increase blood flow to the muscle.
Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.