Myofascial Therapy (Myo) melts adhesions and restrictions that occur in the fascia (skin that surrounds the muscles and muscle fibers). When a muscle is contracted or elongated for a prolonged period of time due to our activities (such as computer work), the fascia gets ‘stuck’ in that shape. An example is being stiff when getting out of bed or after sitting for a long time. If we perform the same activities every day or have bad posture, over time, the fascia can build up adhesions. This can decrease our ability to move and increase pain with movement. Myofascial Therapy is a slow technique that allows the client's body to adapt, unwind, release & relax at its own rate. Once the fascia is restored to normal length, the muscle tissue can re-establish its natural tone and flexibility. Myo can be used in conjunction with other deep tissue modalities and is a gentle way to warm muscles for Neuromuscular Therapy.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) uses a specific sequence of massage techniques applied throughout the length of the muscle and where it attaches to the bone. These attachment sites have many nerves that sense the length and tension of the muscle. By working these attachment sites, NMT helps the brain and body to communicate. NMT also releases trigger points, which are small painful segments within the muscle that are constantly contracted and can refer pain to other parts of the body. By effecting nerve sites and trigger points within the muscle, NMT relaxes the muscle and returns it to its natural length and tonicity.
Sports & Athletic Massage benefits professional and novice athletes. Different sports massage techniques are used during the session based on the athlete's goals. Before an event, game, or workout a vigorous massage is used to increase circulation in muscles and increase range of motion in the joints. This technique physically and mentally prepares the athlete to be at peak performance and to prevent injury. After events, games, or workouts, sports massage uses slower, lighter massage and gentle stretching to help tired muscles recover, increase circulation, and release toxin build up (such as lactic acid) within the muscle. Finally, maintenance sports massage incorporates Myo and NMT (See descriptions) and is used in between events and during down time. The goal of maintenance sports massage is to break up fascial adhesions and to restore muscles to their proper tonicity and flexibility. This facilitates the healing process of injuries, prevention of future injuries, and is a great part of an athlete’s health care.