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Craniosacral therapy is a form of therapeutic touch that addresses imbalances in the craniosacral system the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Subtle motions are used while looking for any restrictions impeding the free motion of the craniosacral system and various body regions, tissues, organs, and subtle energy systems. Manual techniques using very light touch help release those restrictions. The treatment is very gentle, with an "energy work" component, and should leave you feeling refreshed and balanced. By complementing the body''s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including: •Migraine Headaches •Chronic Neck and Back Pain •Motor-Coordination Impairments •Colic •Autism •Central Nervous System Disorders •Orthopedic Problems •Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries •Scoliosis •Infantile Disorders •Learning Disabilities •Chronic Fatigue •Emotional Difficulties •Stress and Tension-Related Problems •Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders •Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) •Neurovascular or Immune Disorders •Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder •Post-Surgical Dysfunction
Deep tissue techniques are generally designed for more focused massage work. Working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, the massage therapist can access deeper layers of the soft tissue. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly often allows more movement. This is the recommended approach in this modality since each person experiences pressure differently. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people's blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Myofascial Release or MFR is different from other massage techniques in that it uses little to no oils and goes into the deep muscle tissue. This modality has been seen to produce immediate, positive, structural change in patients with acute and chronic pain and dysfunction, as well as long-lasting results from regular, long-term care. When receiving an MFR treatment, you will rest in a relaxed position, while the therapist uses different holding techniques to allow her hands, as well as her energy, to sink deep into the muscles. The muscles in the part of the body being treated are held until "releases" occur. Other than the occasional "feels good" pain, which may occur as part of the release, there is usually little or no discomfort accompanying this treatment. These releases can be felt as the reduction of muscle soreness or as relaxation of the muscle. During an MFR treatment the fascia, a thin fiber covering all muscles, bones and organs, is released from its position of tension.
Trigger Point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the client actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Hot or Cold Stones
Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client's body to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetrate deeper, you may find that a hot stone massage leaves you feeling physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage that does not incorporate heat. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation delivers more oxygen to the muscles, which can help ease aches and pains.
Cold stone massage provides stress relief and helps the body to relax. It also helps the mind let go of anxiety and trauma. A cold stone massage is helpful for sporting injuries, swelling and inflammation. It will help to calm the body with the cool stones coupled with the soothing impact of human touch. Certain patients should avoid this type of massage, however, including anyone with a heart ailment, skin that is easily inflamed or sensitivity to cold temperatures. Sinus problems may be soothed with cold stone massage. The stones are placed on top of a cloth placed over the face to protect the skin. The cold temperature of the stones may work to alleviate nasal swelling and reduce sinus congestion.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. The scientific manipulation and assessment of soft tissue for the prevention of injuries and therapeutic purposes, involving the restoration to normal functional activity of the various structures of the body, while maintaining good physical condition and health, through mobilizing and improving muscle tone, promoting relaxation, stimulating circulation, and producing therapeutic effects on all systems of the body. Sports massage consists of a combination of modalities including Myofascial Release, stretching, Trigger point and Swedish for the best results.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Paraffin Hands or Feet
Paraffin treatments moisturize dry skin as well as working to relieve pain. After being applied to the body, the wax encases the treated area, trapping heat and relaxing the surrounding tissues. This makes it particularly helpful for treating stiff joints and alleviating pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendonitis and sore muscles.
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Some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions
Smaller studies suggest that aromatherapy with lavender oil may help:
- Make needle sticks less painful for people receiving dialysis
- Improve sleep for people who are hospitalized
- Reduce pain for children undergoing tonsillectomy
Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.
Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. The highly concentrated oils may be inhaled directly or indirectly or applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts.
Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.