A Touch of Peace Therapeutic Massage
Julie Booth, LMT, LMTI

Massage Definitions

Focus SessionFocus massage session are best for clients in need of work on one specific area of the body due to stress or injury.

Swedish/Relaxation Massage
A relaxation massage is exactly what the name implies: a massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for therapeutic effects or for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort. Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to improve circulation, range of movement, relief minor muscle pain, and promote overall relaxation.

Deep Tissue Massage: Deep connective tissue massage is a form of intense massage that aims to release myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions in the body, and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It has also been known to help relieve chronic tension, to increase the body's range of motion, to improve posture. Deep connective tissue massage is also said to restore the length and flexibility to the fascia (the fibrous tissue that surrounds the muscles and organs), by normalizing the tissue and by improving the strength and overall health of the entire fascial system (connective tissues throughout the entire body).

Trigger Point/Trigger Point Release: What is a trigger point? Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany cgronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. Trigger points will present with regional, persistent pain resulting in decreased range of motion in the effected muscles. Trigger points can also manifest as tention headaches, tinnitus, tempromandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in legs, and low back pain. A variety of advanced techniques would be utilized during a deep tissue treatment session to release developed trigger points. Duration and frequency would be discussed after initial consultation and assessment has been completed. 

Strain Counterstrain: Strain and Counterstrain uses passive body positioning of muscles in spasm and dysfunctional joints toward positions of comfort or tissue ease that compresses or shortens the offending structures.





 
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