Therapeutic massage offers benefits beyond simple relaxation. Here are just a few of the health problems that may benefit from massage.
Ask your doctor before using massage for any chronic health condition.
This therapy focuses more on the muscle layers found below the surface muscles, thus the name “Deep Tissue.” Focused pressure through slower, smaller strokes allow the deeper muscles to be manipulated and revitalized. As with the Swedish massage, the manipulating and stretching of these deep muscle tissues helps to relax tense muscles, boost blood flow, and provide relief from related aches and pains.
This is the most common and the one most people think of when they hear the word “massage.” It often involves kneading, squeezing and tapping in order to release tension found in the surface muscles that lie just under the skin. Used in conjunction with joint and limb movement, this type of massage helps to relax tense muscles, extend range of motion, boost blood flow to the muscles, and provide relief from related aches and pains.
Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balance. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling.
This therapy focuses upon relieving pain and stiffness found in very specific knots or “points” in the muscle fiber. These issues often develop when the client is involved in activities that require repetitive movements that allow the muscle to constrict or “knot up” and can become quite painful and debilitating, sometimes referred to as a “pinched nerve.” The manipulation targets very specific points and applies pressure and manipulation to those points. In doing so, the constricted muscle relaxes which, in turn, releases the pressure being placed upon the nerves.