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Sports Injury Massage

Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports injury massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance. Position Statement It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that those who participate in exercise programs, as well as athletes in training, can benefit from massage therapy. Benefits …

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Relaxing Massage

When you experience a relaxing massage, you can expect a treatment that involves: Long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing. Pressure that is deeply relaxing, but not painful. A treatment that is designed to soothe and relax you, not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying ailments. A relaxing massage is a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding …

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Reflexology

The origins of Reflexology evidently reach back to ancient Egypt as evidenced by inscriptions found in the physician’s tomb at Saqqara in Egypt. The translation of the hieroglyphics are as follows: “Don’t hurt me.” The practitioner’s reply:- ” I shall act so you praise me. ” We cannot determine the exact relationship between the ancient …

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Post-Operative / Surgical Massage

Massage Therapy Can Aid in Postoperative Pain Relief   Position Statement It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage has been shown to aid in postoperative pain relief. Background Information Postoperative pain can complicate and delay a patient’s recovery, lengthen hospital stays and costs, and interfere with a patient’s return …

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Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic Massage – Orthopedic Massage describes a comprehensive system, rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. … A therapist who performs orthopedic massage focuses on problems with the client’s musculoskeletal system. Orthopedics specializes in diseases and injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic massage is a complementary treatment …

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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is an approach to soft tissue manual therapy in which quasi-static pressure is applied to soft tissue to stimulate skeletal striated muscle.     Neuromuscular therapy is also called trigger point myotherapy. The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury …

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Myofascial Release

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.     What does myofascial release feel like? Relief Through Release. Here are some indications that your pain might be caused by restricted fascia and …

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Massage for Depression and Anxiety

A friendly touch can do wonders for boosting your mental health. What is Massage for Depression and Anxiety? anx·i·e·ty aNGˈzīədē/ noun a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. de·pres·sion dəˈpreSH(ə)n/ noun feelings of severe despondency and dejection. “self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns …

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Deep Tissue

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).  Deep tissue massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep …

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