Types of Massage
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is a unique modality, focusing primarily on pain patterns, rather than pain location. It retrains the muscles to relax by using specific spots to lengthen the muscles (trigger point release). By releasing the trigger points, it allows blood and oxygen to pass through the body whereas before it was restricted, holding toxins/lactic acid. Loosening the trigger points also disengages the pain patterns and increases the range of motion. If the pain does not go away, that means it is coming from another location or there is a perpetuating factor preventing it from getting better. Hot and cold stone, facial release (similar to Rolfing), massage and stretches are sometimes integrated to help with loosening the trigger points.
Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body. The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. The stones are immersed in water and heated. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system. The hot stones are never rough. They are always flat and smooth. The hot stones used on the back are about the size of a large egg, only flat. Some massage therapists place stones on points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to rebalance the body and mind.
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.
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