It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation , decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion. (encyclopedia.com)
Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. (experienceispa.com)
Cold Stone Migraine Relief
When using a cold application with the stones, stone therapy causes a decrease of pain, decrease of inflammation or swelling, and an increase of muscle tone. Aromatherapy defined, is the gentle, non-invasive natural healing art that utilizes the scent of essential oils to promote general well-being, and promote balance and harmony within the body. Many essential oils have medicinal properties, but just the act of smelling specific oils can lift the mind and produce physiological changes that diminish migraine headache pain. (kelly_lott_cold_stone)
Therapeutic Massage incorporates one or several of the following:
Aromatherapy Therapy is a type of complementary and alternative medicine that uses rubbing and kneading of the skin with plant oils that give off strong, pleasant aromas (smells) to promote relaxation, a sense of well-being, and healing. (cancer.gov)
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. (webmd.com)
Deep tissue is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigningdeeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. (elementsmassage.com)
Trigger Point Therapy is a healing technique based on the principle of free and uninterrupted energy flow and helps activate the natural healing processes in each patient's body as well as to restore their physical and emotional well-being. As a certified Massage Therapist, I help patients reduce their stress and anxiety, among other ailments.
Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. (spine-health.com)
Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort. (www.verywellhealth.com)
Medical Massage is the application of a specific treatment targeted to the problem(s) a patient presents with a diagnosis (VIA a prescription from a doctor). The treatment is administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with outcomes being the basis for the treatment. There is no single technique that is medical massage. It is taking and combining the styles and techniques the practitioner knows and applying them to specific conditions to bring about specific outcomes Medical Massage is also known as clinical or treatment massage. The main difference is that clinical and treatment massages do not require a prescription.
Chair massages are done while seated and fully clothed in a portable, specially designed chair. They usually involve a massage of your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands.