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- About Therapeutic Massage -

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.

Swedish Relaxation Massage applies gentle, soothing strokes from head to toe which relaxes and rejuvenates the body. This is the most common form of massage and what most people think of when they here the word “massage.” It is often viewed as a pampering self-indulgence (which it is). However, there are many health benefits that make Swedish Massage therapeutic in nature. Research has proven that massage can increase circulation throughout the body and decrease stress signals, promoting a calm sense of well-being.

Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage is a nurturing touch designed to help alleviate stress and bring balance to the body. Pregnancy massage can increase circulation for both mother and baby, and decrease muscle strain from the growing demands on the mother's body. It can also help alleviate physical and emotional stress of the new demands in the mother’s life.