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Helpful Massage Info
Please Note: There are no standardized regulations for Massage or Massage Terms – Definitions will vary based on the particular Massage School’s & Instructors, as well as the Changes, Additions, and Continuing Education encorporated before, during, and within the evolution of any Therapist’s current Practice.
Massage Benefits Include: The biggies are 1). 240% increase in circulation – the key to healing any tissue anywhere, 2). Lower’s the blood pressure & calms the nervous system into greater healing potenial, 3). Provides safe comfortable nurturing touch, which humans cannot live without, 4). If possible, the guest can slip into Alpha (eyes closed going inside) & Theta (in and out of that sleepy dreamy place) brain waves, this too has greater healing potential
Any Massage is therapeutic for every system of the body… can be no oil, less oil, or more oil… can be full body or focus… can have area’s not to be touched for any reason… and deeper is not necessarily better.
What is a Sport Enhancing Massage?
A Medium to Firm Pressure session (some areas may need firm, some medium).
Usually a full body, but can be focus work too.
Comes with a huge level of intellectual knowledge of Sports & the Anatomy of ANY movement.
Possibly less oil and shorter with more muscle group specific strokes (quads, calves, etc).
Joint Mobilization & Stretching
What is a Swedish Massage?
Swedish is the foundation of all Massage
A light to medium pressure session
Generally more oil is used for longer strokes
Usually full body, but can be focus work too
What is NMT?
Neuro Muscular Therapy, also referred to as Trigger Point Therapy
A Western approach to releasing trigger points and re-educating the release through movement/ Neuro Muscular Re-Education / Corrective Exercise / Self Care.
Great for Focus Work to relieve chronic pain or discomfort.
A more advanced & precise therapy.
Can be full body, at which time trigger points are found during full body massage.
Oil can be used, or may not be.
Can be light pressure in tender inflamed areas, medium, or firm when appropriate.
Myofascial Release (no oil)
Trigger Point Release (can be no oil, but not limited by)
Trigger Point referal patterns (the pain is greater at the referal point, but not where pressing)
Sports Massage (between Swedish & Deep w/ a greater knowledge of Sports/Occupation)
Joint Mobilzations (movement to lubricate the joints & re-educate the tissue)
Take home corrective movement (yoga, stretches, warm up, awareness/education
Self Care Options)
Benefits of Massage
Helping to develop a stronger heart
Improving oxygen supply to cells
Improving the supply of nutrients to cells
Elimination of metabolic wastes
Decreasing blood pressure
Relax abdominal & intestinal muscles
Stimulating activity of liver & kidneys
Elimination of waste material
Relaxing or stimulating muscles
Strengthen muscles & connective tissue
Helping muscle flexibility & pliability
Relieving soreness, tension & stiffness
Stimulating motor nerve points
Relieving restlessness & insomnia
Promoting a sense of well-being
Integumentary System (skin)
Stimulating blood to better nourish skin
Improving tone and elasticity of skin
Helping to normalize glandular functions
Hydrates and nourishes with pure creams and oils
Cleansing the body of metabolic wastes
Draining sluggish lymph nodes
Developing respiratory muscles
Draining sluggish lymph nodes
Improving body alignment
Relieving stiff joints
Relieving tired aching feet
Commonly Asked Questions
What is Thai Massage?
It looks like, and is described as a type of “stretching session”, but it’s designed to free the Chi!
Traditional Thai is on the floor in clothing performed on soft mats. Table Thai is performed in clothing on the massage table.
What is Reflexology?
How does NMT differ from Shiatsu or Accupressure?
What is the difference between NMT & Swedish?
What is Cranial Sacral?
What is the difference between Swedish & Deep?
What is the difference between Deep & NMT?
NMT is usually more focus work, advanced training, not best for full body, can be light to deep.
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