A custom integrative massage includes several techniques and modalities: such as Swedish, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Range of Motion, and Stretching.
But massage is more than physical manipulation. I always strive to set my intention in giving you positive and loving energy. We will custom build your massage therapy session to fit your needs.
Benefits of Massage
Multiple studies show the benefits of massage by increasing our serotonin and dopamine (our happy, feel-good hormone) and oxytocin (bonding hormone). On the other hand, it provides further benefits by decreasing epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol (stress hormone), all of which can lead to lower immunity, disruption in digestion, and hindered tissue repair.
Along with this powerful release of healing, other benefits include, but not limited to:
- Relief of pain and muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduction in risk of anxiety and depression
- Improved posture
- Reduction in insomnia
- Relief for tension headaches
- Increased range of motion and flexibility
The art of Swedish massage focuses on longer gliding stroke and kneading, the use of friction, Tapotement (tapping), and shaking motions. Swedish can be effective for a wide range of ailments, because massaging the skin, the body’s largest organ, initiates a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It can affect many things, including the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and it promotes both health as well as well being.
Swedish massage has many benefits. Some of the more common benefits cited include general relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which is believed to speed healing and reduce swelling related to injuries.
All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a web-like tissue called fascia. Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. When connective tissue is tight, underlying structures are often pulled out of alignment, affecting posture and causing pain. MFR uses techniques to lengthen the fascia and help release it from underlying tissue. Myofascial Release is effective for helping with postural issues, increasing blood circulation, restoring elasticity and decreasing pain and tension.
Deep tissue massage uses deep, slow, focused pressure to realign underlying musculature and connective tissue in order to relieve tension and pain, loosen muscles and increase mobility.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. This increases blood flow to the area and releases the trigger point. This therapy decreases local and referred pain.
Sports massage is geared towards athletes and usually given before or after an athletic event. Before an event, it is used to promote peak performance, improve flexibility, and reduce the risk of injury. It is used after an event to help reduce muscle soreness and swelling, break down toxins, and increase blood circulation.