What is Swedish Massage (3m 42s):
Swedish Massage is what most people think of when massage is mentioned. It uses long light strokes, superficial kneading, light tapping, and movement of the joints in a peaceful manner. This type of massage is one of the best-known techniques for reducing stress. It can give you more energy and improve your outlook. Left unchecked stress related muscle tension can develop into painful conditions such as chronic headache, backache, or shoulder pain. These conditions can then interfere with sleep and affect your mental sharpness and ability to deal with daily challenges. Regular Swedish massage allows you to experience this feeling of deep relaxation in a comfortable supportive environment, which can make it easier to learn to relax in your daily living situations.
Therapist: Adele or Brian
What Is CranioSacral Massage (3m47s):
Cranial/Sacral – Developed and taught by Dr. John Upledger, D.O. this technique revolves around the concept of blockages in the flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid. When the CSF does not flow properly the patient can experience chronic Headaches, Ear Infections, Vertigo, Autistic Syndromes, and some ADHD symptoms. C/S technique works with the sutures of the skull and the flow of the CSF. This is a gentle technique in which the patient remains passive as the practitioner applies gentle pressure to the cranial bones.
Kerry D (6m) teach technique:
Positional Release – Is a technique developed by Dr. Jones D.O. which involves shortening the injured tissue and encouraging the neurological system to reset. The client stays passive during this procedure as the therapist moves the joint and tissue into a position of ease. The area is first tested for painful spasms or referred pain. The joint and tissue is then brought to a position of comfort and testing confirms that the spasm has subsided. After a holding period the area is stretched to reset the neuromuscular system.
Strain Counterstrain – is an osteopathic technique taught to massage therapists by Dr. Leon Chaitow which involves active contraction on the patient’s part while the therapist resists that motion holding the joint stable. Upon relaxation of the active contraction the therapist moves the joint or tissue through a newly established painless range of motion. This procedure is repeated a number of times so the body reeducates itself to the new painless possibilities of motion.
What is Sports Massage (5m23s):
Sports massage- is defined as the science and art of applying massage techniques to maintain the health of the athlete and enhance athletic performance. This massage helps care for the wear and tear and minor injuries sustained in the performance of strenuous physical activity. It combines slower, deep tissue techniques with lighter, faster stimulating techniques depending on the desired outcome. These techniques are applied very specifically to certain muscles and tendons; therefore, sports massage therapists must have well developed palpation skills and knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy. Understanding the biomechanics of your sports and fitness activities is useful in planning sessions and locating areas of stress. Our therapists are former competitive athletes who continue to be active in area league play. They are experienced working with elite Ironman athletes, Golfers’, Master’s swimmers, and Marathoners, as well as weekend warriors.
Therapist: Adele or Brian
Recovery is a combination of techniques used to enhance physical and mental recovery from strenuous physical activity. This form of sports massage is delivered as soon after strenuous performance as possible. Palmer effleurage and compression are used to improve circulation and flush out metabolic waste products.
Remedial and Rehabilitation techniques are used in the athlete’s off season and address debilitating conditions. Rehabilitation techniques are designed to facilitate healing after the condition is addressed with more invasive medical treatments. Remedial techniques help to improve flexibility, chronic tendonitis, and scar tissue left behind from repetitive strains and sprains.
Maintenance techniques are delivered during the active athletic season. These techniques help enhance the ability for the athlete to recover from strenuous exertion, and to maintain optimal health.
Event massage refers to massage that takes place at the event site. Pre-Event techniques are designed to warm up and stimulate the muscles that will be stressed during the event. Inter-event techniques are very short typically 5-10 minutes and focuses on quick physical and psychological recovery before the next event. Post-event is done as soon as the athlete has cooled down and taken adequate fluids. The pace of Post-event massage is slower, and not as stimulating as other event techniques.
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