Massage therapy is the hands on application of various bodywork techniques such as stroking, kneading, stripping, effleurage, petrissage, and myofascial release. They are used for the purpose of manipulating soft tissues, tendons, and muscles, to bring about various end results.
Licensed Massage Therapist are taught a variety of modalities to address the various needs of their clients. Some of these modalities include Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Sport, Trigger Point, Thai, Prenatal, Chair, and Reflexology. Although we are qualified to perform all modalities, many therapists like myself over the course of their professional practice have a tendency to specialize in a few. They are also other tools we use as additional amenities to support and enhance a treatment session such as: hot stones, cupping, scrubs, hot towels, aromatherapy and more.
I honestly believe that Massage therapy has gotten a bad rap; considered to be an indulgence that the wealthy use as a means to pamper themselves. That could not be farther from the truth. Adding regular therapeutic massages to your wellness routine is as important as exercising and eating nutritionally for preventing certain stress related illnesses.
There are many practical benefits for including regular therapeutic massages as a means of preventative care. One benefit of deep tissue massage is improved circulation. This is especially important for healthcare workers or anyone require to stand long hours on their feet, also, drivers, office workers, and other business professionals who are required to sit stationery for long periods of time. Another modality to support athletes and other physically active professionals, is sport massage. This is essential for relieving muscle aches, joint pain, prevent certain injuries, and enhance overall performance. Other benefits of having regular massages includes reducing stress, anxiety, inflammation, muscle tension, symptoms of depression, re-alignment of posture, helps flush toxins from the body, promotes relaxation, improves quality of sleep, and much more…
These alternative healing art modalities are even more vital now, because so many people are overly stressed and are completely off-balanced due to the present COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
As an integrative massage therapist, one of the modalities I specialize in is deep tissue massage. I also offer sport massage, prenatal massage, and a variety of amenities including hot stones, thai stretches, energy work and aromatherapy. I primarily focus on treating clients who suffer with chronic pain, work-related stress, and all forms of professional sport injuries. I help them manage stress, restore balance, and bring their body/mind back into harmonious alignment. It is important to get regular massages as a precautionary alternative, and to maintain your overall well-being.
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