Massage Definitions

Focus Session: Focus 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.