Massage Therapy Treatments

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage is used to treat a specific complaint that a patient may have. It involves a detailed history as to what may have caused the complaint and assessment protocols to the area and other areas that may have caused or been affected by the main complaint.

Therapeutic Massage is not meant to be painful, it uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage, but has certain "advance" techniques that are used to aid in releasing off or stimulating a muscle. With Therapeutic Massage the patient may have to come in more frequently in the beginning to aid in the recovery process. Once the treatment has met the goals of the therapist and patient the frequency of the visits will be reduced and plan to maintain what has been achieved and to help prevent the complaint from occurring again.

Swedish Relaxation Massage

The term "Swedish Massage" refers to the variety of different techniques that are designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscle and bone. The techniques are commonly done towards the heart to increase oxygen flow to the muscles. Swedish Massage is commonly referred to as Relaxation Massage and is commonly used in spas.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage is a variation of Swedish massage. Heated smooth flat stones are placed on key parts of the body. This will leave red marks on the body commonly referred to as "road maps" which let the therapist know that more specific work is needed to be done to that area. The therapist may also hold these stones and perform massage with them.

Hot Stone Massage can help reduce muscle aches and pains, with the deep penetrating heat it can help reduce the pain associated with arthritis, improve blood circulation, and create calming effect on the nervous system.

Pre and Post Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, and after an event. The purpose of Pre-Event Massage is to help blood circulation, and increase the flexibility of the body's muscles to prepare them for the event. However, it is not to replace the warm up but instead to help enhance it. Post-Event Massage is to help bring a fresh supply of oxygen, reduce any swelling and calm the athlete down after the event. This is not to replace a cool down and stretching, but only as an aid in the recovery period.