Swedish massage is the most traditional style of massage in the United States, and is originally linked to Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish physiologist. Traditional Swedish massage consists of gentle manipulation of the superficial layers of muscle tissue in combination with the application of oil or lotion. The ultimate goal of Swedish massage is to promote relaxation of the sympathetic nervous system to decrease overall stress in the body; however, the benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, increased circulation, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of connective tissue in the body. Deep tissue massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Deep tissue massage is not to be confused with deep pressure massage, and can often be achieved via gentle, sustained pressure techniques.
Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane. Note: no oil or lotion application is necessary for this modality.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on releasing contraction knots in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension that are located in the belly of a muscle or near a musculotendinous junction. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress, and can cause referral pain and muscle weakness. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite uncomfortable at times, yet the effects are significant.
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Muscle Energy Technique
Muscle Energy Technique is a form of manual therapy which incorporates a muscle's own action in the form of gentle contractions to release the muscle via reciprocal or autogenic inhibition, and ultimately lengthen the muscle and improve balance to the kinetic chain.
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body and the overall kinetic chain. Orthopedic massage involves lengthening restricted muscles/tendons and ligamentous structures, decompressing rigid joints, and facilitating healthy muscular activity to support joints. The goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being.
One specific form of orthopedic massage approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and offered at Facilitated Therapeutics, is the Hesch Method, a method designed by Jerry Hesch, DPT, for evaluating and treating movement dysfunction. The method consists of gentle prolonged mobilization techniques of joints, ligaments, and tendon insertions designed to decrease symptoms primarily pertaining to sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Total Body Lymphatic Balancing
Total Body Lymphatic Balancing as developed by Kerry D'Ambrogio, DOM, AP, PT, DO-MTP, aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, Total Body Lymphatic Balancing can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling, and strengthened resistance to illness.
Prenatal massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expectant mother, this form of massage helps relieve the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are significant, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation. Postnatal massage observes massage techniques and positioning utilized for prenatal massage therapy sessions with respect to all prenatal contraindications for an additional three months following delivery.
Palliative massage is a massage therapy intervention that involves special consideration for individuals experiencing advanced illnesses, with primary purpose of this massage therapy intervention to provide comfort, pain modulation, symptom management, and stress reduction utilizing ultra-light touch techniques.
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing muscle tension, especially in the neck, shoulders, back, and arms/hands. With chair massage, a specialized ergonomic chair is utilized. Employers: Corporate chair massage events are offered directly at your business location. This is an excellent way to promote the well-being of your employees. Please contact Facilitated Therapeutics at 812-329-0555 for more details.