Compression massage releases deep-held tension and helps promote softening and spreading muscles and fascia. For athletes and people with chronic pain.
Compression is an effective massage technique performed by laying hands over a muscle area and pushing down onto the tissues. Hands are then lifted and moved to a different area and then repeated. The pressure of compressions can range from light to very deep.
Massage is a manual therapy that manipulates the soft tissues and decreases muscle tension, pain, stress, and depression.
However, when posing the question, “What is massage?” it is common to hear the following replies: “Massage is such a luxury.” “Ah, massage, it is so relaxing.” “Massage is something I treat myself to on special occasions.” While all of these statements capture the idea of massage as a way to relax and to treat ourselves, none come close to touching on the essence of massage and its therapeutic benefits to body, mind, and spirit.
Myofascial release (MFR), which was first described by Andrew Taylor Still and his early students, is a system of techniques that is directed at myofascial structures. Techniques can be described as either direct or indirect. Direct MFR techniques engage the restrictive barrier, and the tissue is then loaded with a constant force until tissue release/relaxation occurs.1 An example of this would be the very common practice of stretching myofascial tissues during warm-up or rehabilitation. Indirect MFR involves gliding the dysfunctional tissues along the path of least resistance (away from the barrier) until free movement is achieved.1
Crepitus refers to joint noises, such as popping and cracking in the joints, especially the knees. Such joint noise can be quite disturbing and cause concern, particularly if it shows up suddenly. In most cases, these noises are not indicative of any underlying problem. Most joint crepitus, cracking, and popping usually has a ‘bark that is worse than its bite.’ Joint noises often persist for years without any significant problems developing.
Massage therapy has numerous benefits for athletes. Massage can speed up recovery after a large day of training, a race or a big block of training. According to Averill, “Massage increases blood flow to the muscles to help speed healing by flushing out the metabolic waste.” Averill says it can also give the athlete a chance to reconnect his mind and body and decompress. In a similar manner, “active recovery” can be utilized in the weeks that you do not have a massage scheduled, and it is also a very effective means of flushing metabolic waste. This would usually entail a light 30-minute swim or a 60-minute bike ride at a lower-end aerobic effort (zone 1).
My style of relaxation massage combines a few massage styles… Swedish, Reflexology, Trigger Point, and some Chinese massage. Swedish Massage works the muscles by various techniques: effleurage, kneading, friction, long strokes, kneading, tapping, vibration, shaking, and percussion or tapotement… Swedish massage stimulates the whole body system thus makes it possible for the body to be …
Sports Massage – Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. It’s more vigorous than a Swedish Massage.
The purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those bothersome injuries that so often get in the way of performance and your athletic goals, whether one is an athlete, or a once a week jogger.
Therapeutic Orthopedic Deep Tissue Massage (T.O.M.) is an advanced style of bodywork that involves functional assessment tests that determine most orthopedic conditions and outline a treatment plan using multiple modalities, combining massage strokes, Shiatsu, joints & soft tissue mobilization and manual resistive techniques. This type of therapeutic massage can release chronic tension and restore balance and wellness. Some of the more common issues that treated with T.O.M. are chronic low back, neck, and shoulder pain, nerve entrapments, repetitive strain injuries, ligament sprains, and acute injuries resulting from sports or auto accidents. While T.O.M. addresses specific issues and sessions typically focus on specific problem areas, many clients enjoy this type of massage for relaxation and health maintenance.