The questions I get most often is some arrangement of "What is the differece between medical massage and regular massage?" Well, here's the breakdown.
Medical massage treats issues diagnosed by a healthcare doctor or specialist. Treatment sessions for medical massage are typically about 30 minutes to focus treatment on relieving specific areas using evidence based practices to relieve pain. Through extensive training I have gained knowledge on how to treat or help issues like:
Whiplash and WAD
Arthritis - RA and OA
TMJ and/or TMD
Disk Pathologies (i.e buldging disk)
And how to work with conditions like:
Lymphatics (lymphatic massage)
Medical massage uses the same techniques as a Wellness massage along with tools like hot stones, cupping, and gua sha to strip muscles and bring a high volume of blood flow into the area in question.
Wellness massage, which can also be called maintenance massage, helps maintain your body and allow it to function at it's best. While wellness massage can be used to help treat tension and pain, it differs from medical massage in the end goal. If you are getting a massage to relieve stress, tension, and work on problem areas, then a wellness session is best for you. Wellness massage is wonderful for self care, anxiety and/or depressive disorders, and to be used post medical massage treatment to help maintain the work done.
All of the services to the right can be used in a wellness session, including the tools used (I.e hot stones) to promote relaxation and help maintain function.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage is the work of muscles on a deeper level and getting to muscles that may not be superficial to target a problem area. The goal of deep tissue massage is so alleviate chronic tension held by the muscles.
A thing to keep in mind is that, contrary to popular belief, pain in massage is not needed to achieve pain relief. No matter the pressure that is used, we are still manipuating your muscles into relaxation and creating an increase of blood flow. Deep tissue can still be achieved without pain.
Swedish massage is the bread and butter of massage. It is your "escape" massage. Your, "I need to relax" massage. It is typically a full body massage with extra flowy strokes to increase circulation and promote relaxation. Swedish techniques are used in a lot of other modalities, however, a 'swedish massage' is much more relaxation than it is treatment. Studies have found that swedish massage can help with depression and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels (stress) and promoting deep breathing and relaxation.
Hot Stone Massage
Stones of all kinds can be warmed in water and used to relax muscles on a deeper level. Personally, I use basalt stones which are most effective in holding heat and I use the stones as tools to help target problem areas to increase circulation and promote healing with the heat. Hot stones can be used for conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia to decrease daily pain and promote movement in joints by relaxing the muscles around.
I offer hot stones with every massage because of the healing promotion that comes with the stones.
Prenatal massage is here to help with the many aches and pains that comes with carrying a child and helping you through the many, many emotions involved.
Please note, because I care for you and your baby: If you are in your first trimester or are in a high risk pregnancy I require a note from your primary care physician clearing you for massage.