Deep Tissue Massage
In addition to the physical benefits you may receive from Deep Tissue massage, there are similar chemical responses in the body as there are with Swedish massage. Studies show a decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and the stress hormone cortisol, after clients received Deep Tissue Massage. The release of oxytocin and serotonin that is triggered by Deep Tissue work also helps to relax the client and boost mood.
Deep tissue massage is ideal for giving attention to specific painful, stiff, or “troubled spots” in your body. This type of massage can be customized to the exact pressure you desire, even from one part of the body to another. Deep Tissue massage may be experienced as “painful” so it is paramount to know your own body response to the work and adjust accordingly. The old adage “No Pain, no Gain” does NOT apply when it comes to massage therapy. Pain is considered the Sixth vital sign and can illicit a response in the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) which is responsible for increasing heart rate, blood pressure and the release of stress hormones. When choosing Deep Tissue massage, remember, it is not a contest for how much pain you can handle. Working at your “edge” is a healthy and often the most effective way to relieve tension and holding patterns long-term. If you are still able to breathe comfortably and maintain a relaxed state in your muscles throughout your entire body while the work is being performed, this is a good indication that you are at a healthy “edge”.
Sports Massage lengthens fascia and muscle easing it back into place. This increases range of motion and has the added benefit of making your muscles look more toned. Increases blood flow and circulation getting more oxygen into your body. Decreases and anxiety and stress. Helps reduce pain and inflammation in the joints, tendons, nerves and bones.
If you are worried about pressure pain please don’t, Thai masseuses are trained to use both soft to hard pressure. The masseuse will guide you through various poses working the ten different energy lines that are said to treat different organs on these energy meridians. Because of this, Thai massages helps to balance your qi (energy), which in turn can promote healing. Unlike Swedish massage where you lie in one position, the different poses in Thai massage force fresh circulation to specific areas of your body, helping with lymphatic drainage and the return of blood to the heart and digestion.
Although you'll be moving around, Thai massages are really quite relaxing since they return your body to a Zen-like state. At the end of your session, you will feel extremely calm and relaxed and ready to conquer the world. You may even notice on day two or three how lose your once tight muscles and stiff joints still feel.
Definitions vary, but with us a relaxation massage is usually a full-body treatment involving soft music, soft lighting and aromatherapy oils. You will have a long, luxurious massage which will use all kinds of techniques including long strokes, gentle kneading and rolling of skin and muscle, and perhaps some rhythmic rocking from side to side. It is a passive treatment. You probably won't be stretched or manoeuvred into any yoga-like positions, as you are, for example, in Thai massage. You just lie there and take it.
A good relaxation massage relieves stress and tension in your muscles and will leave you oozing with a sense of wellbeing. It achieves this because of the general benefits of massage: it improves your circulation, so your organs and skin get more oxygen; it moves fluid through your lymphatic system. A relaxation massage encourages your body to digest its food, and get rid of its toxins. It will help you to sleep better. A massage will also help un-knot any muscles, soothe aches and sprains and encourage the skin to heal minor abrasions.
It is a natural instinct to rub or cuddle someone to give them comfort; a relaxation massage takes that instinct and runs with it, or rather 'meanders' with it.
The Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT) system brings together the most advanced therapeutic strategies to relieve, and ultimately correct, patterns in the body that lead to pain and deterioration. With MAT therapy, clients can reduce pain, avoid invasive surgery and toxic pain medications.
The human body is comprised of structural systems, such as the anatomy of bones, connective tissue and nerves, as well as functional systems, such as the neural signals that trigger muscular contraction. These systems are inseparably connected in a continuous feedback loop. Without a thorough understanding of how these systems work together, most common musculoskeletal complaints are incorrectly assessed and treated.
MAT takes clients through a series of sessions in deep tissue therapy that calms hyper-excited nerve receptors. When the pain-generating stimulus is effectively interrupted, new memories can be programmed into muscle cells by inhibiting the chemical activation of pain, which allows the brain to downgrade its signals for chronic protective spasms.
When part of the body is energy-deficient, and not pulling its weight, other areas of the body must overexert to pick up the slack. The treatment goal of Zen Therapy is to energize these deficiencies, thus allowing the symptoms of overactivity to melt away.
A Zen treatment is as deep or as gentle as a receiver requires. The practitioner contacts the receiver’s energy level at an appropriate depth and with great sensitivity. Zen practitioners use both hands. One hand is used to listen, and sound out the responses of the receiver. When the other hand reaches an appropriate depth, an energetic connection passes between the hands of the giver. The receiver’s body tells the giver when the pressure is right. An energetic circuit is created between the hands of the giver, catalyzing change and movement in the body of the receiver.
In a myofasical release massage session, it is critical to be able to interpret feedback from the client’s body. The therapist must use this feedback to determine the correct direction, force, and duration of each stroke to apply the right kind of strokes to properly address the tight and restricted muscles. Every client is different, so it might take the therapist a few minutes to understand the feedback from a new client before deciding on how to proceed for the best results.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.