Massage Therapy Techniques
Good for encouraging digestion and releasing tension in the abdominal area. Abdominal massage uses a combination of Swedish techniques to treat the overlying muscle layer, followed by deeper, yet gentle techniques in order to access parts of the digestive system. This massage capitalizes on the natural motility of the process of digestion and can increase comfort and relaxation. Hydrotherapy is also used to increase the effects of the massage.
Useful for women with back pain, those who are or have been recently pregnant, and beneficial for women’s health in general. Breast massage includes manual lymphatic drainage techniques and can relieve pain caused by duct blockages. Breast massage also enables full treatment of the pectoral muscles which are often under tension and can contribute to back and neck pain.
A gentle, light style of massage useful for reducing fluid buildup from edema, injury or surgery. This massage encourages the natural flow of lymph throughout the body, and aims to reduce residual fluid by encouraging venous return. This massage is not recommended for those with heart conditions or severe kidney conditions.
Usually involving the whole body, this type of massage can also include treatment of the hands and feet, as well as the face and scalp. This massage uses gentle long strokes to induce a state of relaxation and is excellent for well being.
Various techniques which incorporate each layer of soft tissue, ranging from superficial myofascial release techniques to deeper trigger point therapy. A range of stroke lengths and depths help to reduce firing of the sympathetic nervous system to induce relaxation of superficial muscles, in order to access deeper muscle layers and groups.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) specific treatment consists of an assessment and treatment of the muscles associated with the function of the jaw. The shoulders, neck, and face are all incorporated into the extra-oral portion of the treatment. Swedish techniques are generally used to help reduce muscle tension. The intra-oral portion of the TMJ treatment involves treatment of the same jaw muscles, however they are treated directly from the inside of the mouth. Gentle techniques are performed with non-latex gloves. Clients that suffer from tension headaches and tooth, jaw or ear pain stemming from muscular tension, often feel relief from their symptoms after a TMJ treatment.
Generally a treatment based massage, focused on a specific area in contrast to a relaxation massage. Your RMT may use a few orthopedic tests in order to gather a deeper understanding of the specific impairment and thus develop a relevant treatment plan. Techniques such as joint mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching, passive stretching and passive range of motion may be incorporated in this type of treatment.