Types of Massage Therapy
There are many types of massage therapy styles available to you. We encourage you to learn what some of the different types of massage therapy are and their intended uses, but you do not need to determine which type of massage therapy is right for you. When you visit with us in, we will sit down and determine what the best course of action is according to your individual needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is based on Swedish massage and uses similar strokes but, unlike Swedish massage, it focuses on all muscle layers from the superficial to the deepest ones. Deep tissue massage is a highly therapeutic and specific massage therapy technique which is very effective in releasing restrictions of the deeper muscles and the underlying connective tissue. Although deep tissue massage can be performed on the whole body, it often focuses on specific affected areas.
What sets orthopedic massage apart from the numerous other massage therapy techniques is the fact that it, itself, is not a specific massage therapy ‘technique’. Rather, the term ‘orthopedic’ is used to refer to the locomotor system, as it is used in conventional medicine. An analogy can be made with the phrase ‘orthopedic medicine’, which describes a conceptual approach to medical practice more than just one particular treatment method.
Sports Massage is a combination of massage strokes and massage therapy techniques combined with flexibility and specific exercise routines geared to increase an athletes performance capabilities. The application of Sports Massage is determined by ones own specific anatomical and physiological needs.
Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by massage therapists to treat massage therapy patients with a variety of soft tissue problems. Myofascial Release is not massage. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T)
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), developed by Dr. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP, is a system designed to treat soft tissue (muscles, tendons & ligaments) dysfunction. At the risk of over simplifying the technique, the injured or altered structure is shortened, and a soft contact is used just distal to the injured area where tension is developed into the lesion.