With relaxation, long gliding strokes are used, much like Swedish techniques but usually slower and lighter pressure (depending on the clients request). Tight muscle are not addressed with this technique. Muscles tend to release, however, as the client relaxes.
This type of massage is designed to relax muscles and increase circulation. It can be a deep, medium or light pressured massage. There are 4 techniques that make up the Swedish Massage: effleurage (gliding stroke), petrissage (kneading), friction (brisk, heat producing strokes), tapotement (chopping), and vibration (shaking). The combination of these strokes make up a relaxing therapeutic massage.
This type of massage is designed to reach and release the tight, deeper lying muscles of the body. Techniques are used that allow the therapist to get past the superficial muscles and get to the underlying tissue that may be causing pain or irritation. This does not necessarily mean “deep pressure” or hard pressure, although, it often needs enough pressure to push through the top layers.
This type of bodywork focuses on the “fascia” (tissue that surrounds our muscles, organs, tissues etc) If this fascia is injured, pulled too tight, or shortened it can create pain in all areas the fascia is surrounding or attached to. Myofascial Release is a series of gentle compressions and elongations (stretching) to release the fascia and eliminate pain.
This is a very gentle type of massage (feather like strokes) used to assist the lymphatic fluid to flow in the direction of the lymph nodes. This helps in relieving swelling in the extremities. This modality also works to unblock lymph nodes for normal healthy lymph flow.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a "knot" in the muscle and when pressure is applied to it, it causes pain, especially pain to a different area of the body (refered pain). This therapy focuses on those specific "knots" to repair and release. This technique uses a combination or warming, holding pressure and stretching.
CranioSacral therapy is a versatile healing tool. It can be utilized in many ways – from acute injury, (like a sprained ankle or car accident), to chronic disease, (like Parkinson's, depression, anxiety or learning disabilities).
It is a gentle, full body, fully clothed treatment with strong focus around the central core of the body – the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, etc. As such, this therapy often helps the central nervous system improve its balance and flexibility allowing the brain to function more clearly and the body to maximize its self-healing ability.
Experience is the best way to understand how you can utilize CranioSacral therapy in your healing and growth. Come in to the My Time Massage office and experience a session today!
The therapists at My Time Massage use an integrative approach with their massages. This means they use all of the modalities (techniques) they have learned to create a massage specific to each and every client based on their specific need.
Below is a list of different modalities.