REMEDIAL MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
The ultimate aim of a remedial massage is to ‘tease out’ individual muscle bundles within the muscle group or loosen muscle/tendon attachment points to allow the muscle to work efficiently, and improve circulation which is the body’s ultimate filtration system which aids in removing toxins from the tissues.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on specific areas of tension or tightness which can cause localized or pain in the body. These areas of tension can be the result of injuries, scar tissue, or chronic conditions. When our bodies are forced either by injury or stress into unnatural ways of moving or holding patterns, they compensate by straining opposing muscles, joints and fascia, which causes tension, pain and/or strain.
Deep tissue massage is a firm style of massage delivered through the therapist’s fingers, elbows, knuckles, palms and thumbs to connect with the deeper soft tissue layers. Techniques tend to be slow and deliberate and a varying amount of pressure is used, using a number of different techniques to achieve different outcomes, depending on the presenting condition and client expectations.
Sports Massage is a form of remedial massage, which focuses on minimizing injuries, and optimizing the performance and recovery of an athlete in a specific sporting field. Pre- and post-event therapies differ in intensity and focus, and can encompass active and passive stretching, and other techniques, depending on the sport and the condition of the athlete
Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) involves the manipulation of trigger points, which can be either active or inactive. Active trigger points are hyper-irritated spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle and may be felt as palpable nodules within muscle fibres. Trigger point pain patterns often refer elsewhere in the body which is why TPT is often a very effective technique to relieve tension. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or localized twitch responses which are all indicators of active TPs.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a soft tissue therapy which aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the muscle’s stretch reflex. Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body and supports/protects these structures. The application of MFR can provide relief by stretching or elongating fascia and/or mobilizing adhesive tissues. Often the fascia will appear to ‘melt’ after application of MFR, which signals a release of the tension. The therapist moves slowly through the fascial layers until the deeper tissues are reached.