Deep tissue massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also more focused on release of chronic muscle tension or knots also known as adhesions. When there is chronic muscle tension or deep tissue injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and press on nerves, which causes pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage therapy works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Hot stone massage utilizes volcanic stones to penetrate soothing heat into your muscles to de-stress, detox, and release unwanted emotions. It is a deeply relaxing form of massage. The heat helps to release tight muscles and promotes healthy blood flow through your capillaries. It is always combined with hands on techniques.
Neuromuscular therapy focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. These 'knots' are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. Neuromuscular therapy involves alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas where there is muscle spasm. This process relaxes the muscle, which then releases the lactic acid and allows the muscle to start receiving enough blood and oxygen to function properly. The goal of Neuromuscular therapy is to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal and the nervous systems.
Myofascial release is a technique that is utilized to help relieve pain and tension due to injury or stress. It releases and unwinds the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds each muscle and interconnects all internal parts of the body. This tissue layer, which connects every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, and organ in our bodies, can store memories of physical trauma. Releasing these restrictions allows us to discharge recurring emotional as well as physical pain.
Reflexology is an ancient Chinese technique that uses pressure-point massage to restore the flow of energy throughout the entire body. It is based on the premise that there are reflexes in our hands, feet and ears that relate to every organ and part of our body. By stimulating these reflexes with pressure and manipulation, nerve function and blood supply can be improved, which may alleviate stress and other health problems. Stimulating specific reflex points in the feet can bring needed nutrients to poorly functioning areas of the body. Long-term effects of reflexology include reduced stress and induced relaxation, feeling of increased energy, relief from acute and chronic conditions, relief from stress related conditions, cure for sleeping disorders,sports injuries, preventive therapy, improvement of mental alertness, stimulation of creativity and productivity, and improving inner-relationships between body systems.
Swedish massage is a technique thatrelaxes muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones which provides relief from stress, stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation when performed on a regular basis. Come and experience it for yourself at my office in Montclair, NJ!