Deep Tissue Massage: The deep tissue techniques are used to reach deep portions of thick muscles, at times reaching three layers below the skin surface, using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle to free muscle fibers from each other. This allows the cells to be re-hydrated with fresh fluids and toxins are released. This massage is most effective in realigning the muscular frame and freeing the body from deeply held patterns of tension.
This specialized form of massage is typically used
on athletes before, during and after sporting events.
The sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete
for peak performance. Deep tissue techniques are
used, trigger point therapy and counter strain
methods are implemented. PNF stretches, soft tissue
release, joint mobilization and range of motion
as well as Swedish techniques are all combined for
the ultimate experience in body work. Sport Massage helps to prevent injuries, reduces tension in muscles, increases flexibility and lessens muscle fatigue. One need not be a professional athlete
to benefit from this massage. Other sports massage clients include theater actors and stage musicians.
Your experienced Sports Massage Therapist knows sports physiology. Knowing how muscle groups together for a specific sport is key to improving athletic performance.
Kim is certified in Kinesiology Sports Taping through the California Education Connection and has been practicing taping methods to professional and amateur athletes since 1995.
Medical Massage: The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami has shown that massage is extremely valuable in patients suffering from numerous medical conditions. Massage can be used in post operative therapies and is helpful to many medical conditions such as: Migraine headaches, nerve impingements, pain management, including low back pain, range of motion and relaxation. Nervous disorders such as Parkinson's Disease are relieved. It is important to know that massage therapists do not diagnose any medical conditions, and massage therapy is no substitute for medical treatment. In many instances the patient may need a note from his or her Doctor to approve the use of massage therapies. Many health insurance companies now pay for medical related massages with a Doctors prescription. When you seek a professional massage therapist for medical related issues it is important that you, the patient research your therapist's education and professional credentials. A Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, through N.C.B.T.M.B. is a must for your safety and well being. Also insurance companies require professional charting and documentation of specific therapies. Your therapist who is licensed through N.C.B.T.M.B. can handle these matters professionally for you.
Swedish Massage: The Swedish massage, is the most traditional of bodyworks. It includes long gliding strokes and kneading. Sometimes friction and shaking or rocking motions are used. It is effective for most ailments because massaging the skin (the body's largest organ) begins a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all the systems of the body. It effects circulation, nerves, muscles and glands. Swedish massage is super relaxing and promotes health and well being.
Reflexology: Reflexology has been used by many cultures including India and China, dating back to Ancient Egypt. The West only discovered this therapy in the 1930's. It is believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas or organs of the body. By applying pressure in the areas of the foot, energy paths are cleared and health restored. It is observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.