WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage Therapy is a general term for the manipulation of soft tissue, including skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and other connective tissue. Massage therapists typically use their hands, fingers, soft fist, forearms, and elbows for massage but also may use even use their feet (as in Shiatsu and Thai Massage). Massage therapists may also use various massage tools in the session depending upon need or desire if the client. Massage may range from light strokes to deeper techniques designed to release adhesions and knots within soft tissue structures.
There are many different types of massage, including these modalities practiced by EarthTouch Healing Arts*:
SWEDISH MASSAGE: This is a gentle form of massage that includes long strokes, kneading, and sometimes circular movements, vibration, friction and tapping to help to relax or energize you depending upon your desire.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: This massage technique uses slower, deeper strokes to target the deepest layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly used to help heal muscle damage from injuries. Please Note: There is technically no such thing as a “whole body deep tissue massage”. Deep tissue technique is used for areas of injury and fascial and muscular adhesions and is not appropriate for the entire body. Firmer pressure is not the same thing as a deep tissue massage. Deep tissue occurs when one layer of connective tissue is manipulated and softened before the Therapist can access the layer(s) below.
SPORTS MASSAGE: This is similar to Swedish massage but is geared toward people involved in sport activities (pre- or post-event) to help prevent or treat injuries and to enhance performance by warming the tissues prior to an event.
Trigger Point Therapy: This type of massage focuses on trigger points, or sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your soft tissues after injuries, stress or overuse.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: The myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It is a treatment which uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of restricted fascia tissues by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing blood and lymph circulation, and by stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.
* EarthTouch Healing Arts continues to add additional healing modalities upon completion of additional education and training.