There is much scientific research to support the benefits of massage for various conditions including, back pain, carpel tunnel, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, chronic and acute pain, headache, migraine, and circulatory problems.
I am a qualified and licensed massage therapist, experienced in many techniques including as Swedish, deep tissue, integrative, myofacial release, trigger point therapy, prenatal, active and passive stretching, hot stone, cupping therapy, and medical massages.
Fascia is connective tissue that envelops the whole body; it is a continuous three-dimensional network of collagen fibers surrounded by a viscous fluid. Fascia surrounds, and defends every tissue, tendon, muscle bone, ligament and organ of the body. MyoFascia therapy has been developed by the Italian physiotherapist Luigi Stecco over the last 40 years. The therapy is based on in-depth studies, dissection and clinical experience of many years with a wide variety of skeletal and muscle problems. Ideally, fascia should be free, relaxed and able to glide smoothly. Fascia is also dynamic in nature, responding to internal and external forces applied on it meeting the resistance in order to protect. When an adhesion (because of stagnation, scaring, surgery, trauma…) tissue in a particular area, starts to feel pain, limited motion and kinetic disharmony.
Imagine you had a knot on the front of your shirt, how does it affect the rest of the shirt and movement because of this knot?
INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL MASSAGE
Developed over thousands of years, in a variety of cultures, there are many different types of massage techniques. Henrik Ling (1776-1839), (Swedish physician and therapist) was the first western medical doctor to strongly advocate to incorporated massage into the western medical field especially in the treatment of pain.
Medical massage combines three main components:
Soft Tissue Massage including: Swedish massage, French (these techniques primarily work on blood flow throughout the body).
Deep Tissue Massage including: a deep tissue massage, orthopedic massage and Rolfing method.
Energetic Massage including: shiatsu, tui na, Thai massage (mostly for streaming qi in the body).
Integrated Medical massage can aid in clearing toxins from the muscles, while increasing circulation and blood oxygen levels. Nerve pain, chronic pain, and recent injuries can all be eased with a regular integrative massage. I will draw from a range of techniques to help your body release stress, to loosen muscle tightness and to increase your overall sense of peace and well-being.
When we associate spa massages, we think of Swedish massage. It combines gentle, long strokes, kneading of the muscles, and circular strokes to release tension and wipe away stress. By manipulating the muscles and connective tissues it directly affects the neurons and central nervous system (Neuromuscular) and encourages a sense of comfort, relaxation and tranquility.
Neuromuscular massage therapy uses cycles of isolated pressure and release on trigger points. By focusing on these points and applying direct pressure, often with thumbs or fingertips, neuromuscular massage can provide relief for sufferers of acute and chronic pain.
Easing some of the stress of pregnancy, prenatal massage can reduce the pain and swelling while improving blood flow and circulation. Massage can even help with the uncomfortable digestive side-effects of pregnancy (gas, constipation, and heartburn) and water retention. Prenatal massage involves light to medium strokes and gentle pressure while you lie on your side, and back in a comfortable position.
Cupping Massage is the combination of massage movements with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned over the area to be treated and, a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body.