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What is Deep Tissue Massage?

  • What is Deep Tissue Massage?
    Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) is based on Swedish massage and uses similar strokes but, unlike Swedish, it focuses on all muscle layers from the superficial to the deepest ones. DTM is a highly therapeutic and specific technique which is very effective in releasing restrictions of the deeper muscles and the underlying connective tissue. Although DTM can be performed on the whole body, it often focuses on specific affected areas.
  • Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
    Deep Tissue Massage can be very effective in releasing chronic patterns of tension and restoring the structural and functional integrity of the musculoskeletal system. DTM can address dysfunctions relating to: stress, prolonged computer work, bad posture, sports or any other type of injuries, excessive athletic training, repetitive overuse of muscle groups (which can result to various syndromes, like Repetitive Stress Syndrome, Carpaltunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Patellofemoral Syndrome, various orthopedic conditions ( i.e. scoliosis), headaches, etc.
  • Deep Tissue Massage helps to:
    • Lengthen chronically shortened muscles
    • Separate adhered muscle fibers and ligaments
    • Eliminate or reduce scar tissue
    • Increase range of motion
    • Oxygenate and detoxify stagnant tissues
    • Relieve pain
    • Improve posture
    • Eliminate or reduce painful Trigger Points
    • Release entrapped or compressed nerves (that cause tingling and numbness)
    • Release overused breathing muscles (i.e. from asthma)

Because a Deep Tissue Massage releases many waste products from the muscles, it is important to drink plenty of water after the session to help eliminating them from the body. Since a Deep Tissue session can focus on specific areas, it may cause some soreness after its application, up to approximately 24 hours. However, after this period the client can fully appreciate the therapeutic results of the session.

  • What is Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)?
    It is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system. NMT is a deep form of bodywork that treats the many causes of acute pain, postural disorders and soft tissue damage. This technique is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance. These same laws dictate how the central nervous system initiates pain responses.
  • NMT considers five different reasons for soft tissue pain:
    • Ischemia - lack of circulation (blood and oxygen) to a specific area of the body.
    • Trigger Points- A localized area of increased nerve facilitation resulting in hypertonicity of a muscular bundle with referred pain patterns.
    • Nerve Impingement- Pressure against a nerve by Skin, Fascia, Muscles, Ligaments or joints.
    • Postural Distortion- The anatomical malalignment of the major structural muscles that support the body against gravity.
    • Biomechanical Dysfunction- improper balancing of the body as it moves through various anatomical planes.
  • How are NMT and Sports Massage treatments different from a basic massage Treatment?
    While each system uses a hands-on approach to soft tissue manipulation, NMT and Sports Massage are extremely specific. Like massage therapy, NMT and Sports Massage address the muscle bellies, but they also go to work with the entire length of the muscle from origin to insertion. Instead of a general approach, NMT and Sports Massage identify postural and biomechanical distortions that are involved with pain patterns. These systems also go on to strategically manipulate specific soft tissue components to facilitate structural change and balance.
  • What is Myofascial Release?
    It is a highly specialized stretching technique used by therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems. To understand what Myofascial Release is and why it works, you have to understand a little about fascia. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle.

    All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms in areas you often wouldn't expect. Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia. In other words, Myofascial Release is stretching of the fascia. The stretch is guided by feedback the therapist feels from the patient's body. This feedback tells the therapist how much force to use, the direction of the stretch and how long to stretch.

    Small areas of muscle are stretched at a time. Sometimes the therapist uses only two fingers to stretch a small part of a muscle. The feedback the therapist feels determines which muscles are stretched and in what order. Each Myofascial Release technique contains the same components. The therapist finds the area of tightness. A light stretch is applied to the tight area. The therapist waits for the tissue to relax and then increases the stretch. The process is repeated until the area is fully relaxed. Then, the next area is stretched. The therapist will be able to find sore spots just by feel. Often, patients are unable to pinpoint some sore spots or have grown used to them until the physical therapist finds them.

    The size and sensitivity of these sore spots, called Myofascial Trigger Points, will decrease with treatment. Most patients are surprised by how gentle Myofascial Release is. Some patients fall asleep during treatment. Others later go home and take a nap. Most patients find Myofascial Release to be a very relaxing form of treatment. Myofascial Release is not massage. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient's pain and by an improvement in overall posture.
  • Pre/Post pregnancy massage
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    Massage has been used for centuries in almost every culture to help women through pregnancy and promote faster recuperation from childbirth. Pregnancy has dramatic physiological and psychological effects and can be a very stressful time for many women. After giving birth, the new mother requires as much nurturing and support, as her newborn. Massage can help pregnant women and new mothers deal with the effects of the physical, hormonal and emotional changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth.
  • During Pregnancy
    Regular massage can relieve many of the discomforts of pregnancy. During pregnancy, massage can:
    • Help alleviate abdominal pressure, back, shoulder and abdominal pain, constipation, heartburn, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica and sinus congestion
    • Increase blood circulation to all areas of the body, including the placenta, bringing nutrients and helping the body effectively remove waste products
    • Increase red blood cell circulation, which reduces fatigue (especially in anemic women) § Enhance lymphatic flow, which reduces swelling and can help control varicose veins
    • Promote deep relaxation and relief from insomnia
  • Postpartum Massage
    Postpartum Massage can also help women deal with the many effects of childbirth. After giving birth, massage can:
    • Help alleviate the "postpartum blues", caused by the sudden drop of hormonal levels
    • Help women adjust to the demands and stress of motherhood, by speeding up the healing of muscles, ligaments and tissues after birth, offering relief from muscle soreness and fatigue; and help stimulate milk let down and relieve soreness (self-massage).
    Each session is performed with the aid of special pillows to ensure ultimate comfort. The massage therapist can also teach women self-massage techniques to be used during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Deep Tissue Massage can be very effective in releasing chronic patterns of tension