Therapeutic massage is broad definition, massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance their function and promote relaxation and well-being. There are more than 80 recognized massage techniques, from Ayurvedic to Swedish.
So what does getting therapeutic massage mean? Therapeutic massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. The massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles.
Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury.
Massage therapists use a variety of massage techniques to help the client work on a specific problem, whether it’s a sore hamstring, frozen shoulder, or intense stress. This may differ from a relaxation massage, where the therapist uses lighter pressure to help reduce stress and will likely provide a general, all over massage rather than targeting specific problem areas. Both are great; it’s a matter of what you want or need that day.
Deep tissue/therapeutic massage uses a variety of modalities to achieve the goal, including (but not limited to) Swedish, trigger point, and myofascial techniques.
Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are sliding or gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesion's.
Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
MyoKinesthetic Massage (MYK)
The Myokinesthetic System is a method to quickly and easily reset the body to …
• Alleviate (and eliminate) pain
• Restore range of motion
• Improve posture
The Myokinesthetic System is a unique and revolutionary technique that offers real relief for every patient and every client. It is not a repackaged set of tips and techniques. Unlike other systems, you won't treat an area. Instead, you'll work with the soft-tissue muscular system to change the nervous system to treat the cause of the problem.
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