Therapeutic Massage/Deep Tissue Massage
For thousands of years, the laying on of hands, or massage, has been used to heal or comfort, and forms of massage are found in almost every culture. Massage is the manipulation of soft body tissue, such as muscle, and hands, thumbs, fingers, forearms or elbows can be used to apply pressure on to areas of the body.
Regular massage strengthens and tones the entire body system. It can stimulate or alternatively calm the nervous system, help to ease tension, stiffness and pain, leaving the recipient with an enhanced sense of well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
Therapeutic Massage/Deep Tissue Massage Image Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
Neuro-Muscular technique (NMT) can be built in and applied as part of a normal massage routine. When muscles are held in a tight position for prolonged periods of time the nervous system begins to accept this position as the new normal state for the muscle and consequently the muscle remains contracted. NMT is achieved by applying focused pressure on a particular area of tightness for up to 90 seconds. What happens next is that the nervous system suppresses its normal reaction to contract and, after a short period, tension in the area is released and the pain diminishes as relaxation occurs. Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a name for a variety of techniques that stretch, strengthen or break down fibrous adhesions. It uses the patient�s own effort and movement, rather than that of the therapist to treat the problem.