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This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.
Pregnancy places strong demands on a woman's body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
We not use the tables and pillow systems that allow pregnant woman to lie on their stomachs. Research and our training show that the safest positions for a prenatal massage are sitting on a chair or stool, or lying on your side. Lying on your stomach can actually cause injury to the mother's body. Massage Tables and pillow systems that have the belly cut out allowing mother's to lay face down cause the weight of the uterus to pull the mother's abdomen into the hole/pocket, increasing the curve of the lumbar spine and adding to the stress on the sacral and uterine ligaments. Since pregnancy creates a tendency toward increased spinal curvature and ligament tension, tables and pillow systems of this nature can exacerbate this tendency or cause back pain where it did not exist. Our therapist's use pillows of various sizes and shapes to support the healthy alignment of your spine and pelvis to create a comfortable safe environment to receive a massage. Side lying allows us to work your lower back without risk of increasing uterine pressure and hopefully alleviating instead of aggravating any discomfort.
We owe it to our clients to create the safest environment we can in hopes of alleviating pain and discomfort whenever possible and above all to do no harm.
Myofascial Release Therapy:
All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a Saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. Developed in the late 1960's by John Barnes, Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. The therapist looks for areas that feel restricted, instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part, leading indirectly to reduced pain. The fascia responds to the trained touch of focused manual pressure and stretching used to loosen up restricted movement, helping to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tensions and trauma.
Popularized in the United States by physiotherapist Eunice Inghram in the 1930s, this is an acupressure type technique performed on the hands and feet and is based on the ancient Oriental theory that meridian lines or pathways carry energy throughout the body. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ. Crystalline-type deposits and/or tenderness indicate a dysfunction, and pressure is applied to clear out congestion and restore normal functioning and health.
Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) in Japanese means "universal life energy." It is a healing technique of transmitting life energy by placing the hands gently in specific positions either on or above the body. This laying-on of hands is designed to relieve pain, restore vitality, heal illnesses, and aid spiritual growth. It was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Christian monk in Japan, who came upon ancient manuscripts revealing the healing system in the 19th century. It was introduced to the United States in the 1930's by Hawayo Takata.
Shiatsu, the most widely known form of acupressure, literally meaning "finger pressure" in Japanese, and has been practiced for more than a thousand years in Japan. Shiatsu uses rhythmic pressure from 3 to 10 seconds on specific points along the body's meridians by using the fingers, hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes feet to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy. A session my also include gentle stretching and range-of-motions manipulations. Shiatsu is used to treat pain and illness, to relax the body, and to maintain general health.
*Descriptions provided by the American Massage Association.