What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness. At Holistic Lakewood we offer the following types of massage:
This type of massage is just what says … relaxing. More emphasis is given to helping you unwind and quiet the mind and less emphasis on “fixing” muscle issues. This is the type of massage most people associate with Swedish Massage (see below). Typically the massage therapist works at a slower pace and uses lighter pressure.
Swedish Massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. It is most often associated with relaxation massage but can also be used in therapeutic work as well. Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridiens” or sen lines in Asian massage systems.
Prenatal and Postnatal Massage:
Prenatal massage is massage therapy that is especially tailored for pregnant women. It differs from regular massage in various ways and is performed by massage therapists trained to tailor the massage to the changing body of a woman as she goes through pregnancy. Special bolstering and positioning is used to make our pregnant clients comfortable. Prenatal massage is safe at all stages of pregnancy, from 1st trimester to 2 weeks overdue and uncomfortable!
PLEASE NOTE: If you are considered to have a high risk pregnancy we will need a note from your doctor before we can perform prenatal massage.
Postnatal massage takes into consideration the special needs of a woman after the birth of a child. The body slowly recovers from pregnancy and childbirth (and, possibly, a C-section) and special bolstering may still be warranted. Holding and nursing an infant puts particular strain on the neck, shoulders and upper back. Sleepless nights don’t help. Postnatal massage can easy the achiness of it all and soothe rattled nerves.
Therapeutic massage is manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress. Massage therapy is shown to improve functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems. It also may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Therapeutic massage will be a little more intense than a pure relaxation massage and perhaps deal with long-term or chronic issues.
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Trigger Point Therapy:
Trigger point massage focuses on releasing trigger points, which are small, tight knots that develop in muscles that may even cause pain in other areas of the body. Trigger point massage involves a more targeted approach focused directly on releasing painful trigger points, so the sessions are meant to be more therapeutic and results-oriented than luxurious or relaxing.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.). The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual.
Hot Stone Massage is a style of massage therapy in which water-treated stones are placed at specific sites on the client’s body to promote relaxation and to help open up the merdians. Muscles are pretreated with the heated stones to allow the therapist to more easily perform deep tissue manipulations.
Please call 216-904-2524 to schedule a session.