Swedish massage applies gentle techniques consisting of long
fluid strokes (effluerage), tapotament (tapping, cupping
and beating) friction, kneading and vibration. To release muscle
tensions, deminish pain, improve blood and lymphatic
circulation. Strokes generally are performed in the same
direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical,
and is recommended to become a part of a regular program for stress management.
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow
in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It also just
simply feels good.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain
by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other
metabolic wastes. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical
or remedial therapy. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish
massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic
benefit. Swedish massage techniques include:
• Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs
• Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs
• Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands,
thumbs and/or fingertips.
• Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate
• Tapotament: Brisk hacking or tapping.
• Passive and Active Movements: Bending and stretching.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage is a general term covering a range of
strategies that deal with assisted muscle release at a deeper
Neuromuscular massage techniques are employed to detect
muscle tissues that have become distressed. Effective manipulation
of stiff or painful musculature using specific hand positions,
strokes and specifically developed techniques, bring about relief
from muscle tensions and increase flexibility. Treatment for low
back and shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches, knees
and neck are amongst the common complaints that Deep Tissue
Micro scarring is caused by injuries and often surgery. This
ailment is commonly benefited from this type of therapy. Often
the treatment and pressure begins gently and can gradually escalate
to points of temporary discomfort. Treatment ranges from generally
therapeutic to corrective in nature. Deep tissue massage can cause
an increase in muscle strength and length appreciably and rapidly.
Deep Tissue Massage therapy usually involves warming the skin
and superficial soft tissue of your body prior to the therapist
using greater pressure to access the deeper connected tissue
- About Trigger Point Therapy - What is it?
- Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique first developed
by Dr. Janet Travell in the USA in the 1940's. Trigger Point
therapy involves applying pressure to tender muscle tissue in
order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
Trigger point therapy is also called myofascial trigger
point therapy. Muscle knots are an example of this
- What are Trigger Points?
- Trigger points refer to the areas of tenderness in a
muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active
and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain. Active
points will often refer pain and tenderness to another area of
the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger point's only
exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other
areas of the body. Latent trigger points are likely to be one
of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion.
Trigger points are different from acupressure points.
Acupressure points are concentrations of energy or blockages
of the body's energy pathways. Trigger points are physical
phenomena that can be felt by touching.
- What Causes Trigger Points?
- Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes
are: birth trauma, an injury sustained in a fall or accident,
poor posture, or overexertion.
- What is the Purpose of Trigger Point Therapy?
- The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain
and to re-educate the muscles to perform pain-free habits.
After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of
neuromuscular pain is reduced. Range of motion is increased,
tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and
coordination are improved.
Interestingly, the pain caused by trigger points is an
especially significant cause of disability and loss of time in
the workplace. Trigger point therapy and other massage technique
are often performed together within a treatment. Specialists in
trigger point therapy can help you improve your natural ability
to maintain an active lifestyle.
Manual lymph drainage massage (also called lymphatic drainage and lymph
massage) is a form of massage that encourages lymph flow in the body.
It is particularly good for detoxification, edema, pre- and post-plastic
surgery and post-liposuction. It can also help with cellulite treatments,
scar tissue, spider veins, redness and acne.
The lymph system is a slow-moving system of vessels and
lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body's system of blood circulation.
The lymph system both delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away
excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins.
By stimulating the lymphatic system, the therapist helps
drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body's immune system, helps the
body heal from surgery, and aids in the body's natural waste removal or
What is Sports massage?
Typically, sports massage is utilized to alleviate and promote
healing of specific complaints. The
Massage Therapist performs massage techniques based upon knowledge
of anatomy, physiology and personal experience. It would
be hard to imagine a professional team or program anywhere that
does not employ the services of a qualified sports massage
However, one does not need to have a serious physical complaint
to greatly benefit from sports massage. To the contrary, it is now
more common for athletes of all ages and level of play to seek the
services of a trained sports massage therapist. There are
typically five time periods when sports massage is appropriate:
• Post event
Specific sports are known to habitually affect particular
muscles or groups of muscles, tendons and ligaments that are used
excessively. By concentrating on the specific muscle groups most
used in a given sport, a massage therapist can help an athlete
increase mobility, range of motion, oxygen supply, blood flow and
help maintain higher performance.
How is Sports Massage Different?
A Sports Massage differs from Swedish Massage because the client's relaxation is not the
primary objective. Accordingly, the sports massage therapist
may employ a number of massage modalities including
Swedish Massage strokes,
Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure,
Deep-Tissue Massage, active and passive stretches, Lymphatic Massage,
Hydrotherapy and others.
What Does the Process Involve?
As in most massage therapy you will fill out a medical
history form complete with disclosure of any conditions or
complications that have arisen as a result of sporting activities
or other causes. Together, you and your therapist will discuss
your sports activity agenda and what you wish to get out of your
massage therapy. An effective treatment plan will be devised that
deals effectively with your condition. The frequency of your visits
will vary according to your needs. Your therapist may also recommend
specific exercises to be performed at home.
What is Energetic Healing?
Energetic Healing is an umbrella term for any therapy that
manipulates the energy circuits in our physical or subtle bodies to
regain balance and facilitate our body's innate healing mechanisms.
Some of the more well know therapies that could fall under the
heading 'energetic healing' include Reiki, Reflexology, Kinesiology,
Thought Field Therapy and Acupuncture. However, energetic healing
also encompasses lesser known natural therapies such as: Aura and
Chakra balancing; Flower and Vibrational Essences, Crystal Healing,
Colour Therapy, Spiritual Healing, and other forms of bodywork.
Energetic healing practitioners are usually trained in a number of
modalities and will combine these in their own unique way. Many
combine intuitive skills with their practical and theoretical skills.
Energetic healing takes a holistic approach that looks beyond
the physical to manipulating the subtle energy systems (meridians,
auric bodies, chakras, nadis) where the cause of the disease can
be located. Trauma, emotional and mental stress, false belief
systems, physical distress, environment stress, and other blocks
to our personal growth can be stored in the energy fields of our
bodies, impacting our ability to function at our full potential.
Energetic healing facilitates the healing process by clearing
blocks in the energy fields, repairing and rebalancing the energy
so that the body can move to its optimal level of balance from
where it is able to access its inherent ability to heal itself.
What is energy & how is it connected to ill-health?
Quantum physics has acknowledged that we are all made up of
energy, as is everything around us. It is the most basic building
block of life, but like the air we breathe most people can't see
it. Energy flows through everything and creates everything. Even
our thoughts and emotions are energy. It is just a difference in
the vibrational frequency of energy that gives us the illusion of
substance and separation, rather like water moving from solid ice
at slower vibration, to fluids and then to steam at higher
Our personal energies are delicately balanced and we can become
sick or feel 'not quite right' when our energy flows are disturbed
or blocked. Energy imbalances can result from both internal and
Internal factors impacting our energy system include:
• anxiety & stress
• childhood programming
• limiting beliefs
• neurological, biochemical, and structural imbalances
• existential fears and limiting spiritual beliefs
• remaining in situations that are not fulfilling or in
harmony with our needs
External factors impacting our energy systems include:
• environmental stresses & toxins
• geopathic phenomena
• astrological phenomena
By working with the energy system we can access all levels of
the mind, body and spirit and achieve a holistic healing. Knowing
the connections and energy relationships means the nature of the
disease and its location can guide us to where an energy block or
imbalance is occurring, as well as what we need to do energetically
to clear that block.
Disease is our body's mechanism of telling us that our energy
is not flowing harmoniously and that something is not working in
our lives. If we don't pay attention to the initial messages, the
warnings will become increasingly severe until we take are forced
to take notice. Once we are aware of this "law", we can regard
illness in a more positive light, so long as we then act upon it
and make appropriate changes necessary to heal.
Energy is within and around us all the time, but our
consciousness enables us to activate it and make it vital. I usually
need to reiterate to people that just because we can't see something,
doesn't mean it doesn't exist. We can't see air, but we know we breathe
it to keep us alive. We also can't see electricity, atoms,
electromagnetic fields, sound, radio waves or the weather, yet we can
see or hear the indirect results of these in physcial form. Everyone's
perception differs and an increasing number of people are able to
perceive things using 'extra-sensory perception' that others may not.
Today, more and more people are able to perceive energy in some way and
know it as a very 'tangible' phenomenon. Following your intuition is a
simple way to start.
What to expect
During the treatment stage, the client may sense the flow of
energies with feelings of warmth, coolness, tingling or
relaxation. It is quite common for clients to fall asleep or
drift off during a treatment. This is normal and allows for
deep healing to occur at an unconscious level.
Clients may experience some form of emotional release during
a session. This may be anything from a fit of the giggles to
tears! Again, this is perfectly normal and should an emotional
release occur, it is important not to suppress it. Releasing
the emotion enables healing to occur. Emotional releases may
also be experienced after a treatment, and again should be
allowed to occur without suppression.
On rare occasions, depending on what is going on for the
client at the time, they may experience restlessness or resistance
to the healing work. It is important to honor this, while
recognizing it as a final barrier that the subconscious is putting
up to prevent healing occurring. It usually means the client
needs to face something or have awareness around something that
has been deeply held, but that needs to be released before the
client can move on.
Following a treatment, it is very important that the client
drinks the recommended daily consumption of water for several days
afterwards to flush away any toxins that may have been released.
Otherwise it is possible that clients could experience headaches or
feel very tired after the treatment. It is similar to the process
that occurs with dietary cleanses/detoxes.
Some clients will immediately feel an improvement, while for
others the integration of the energetic change may take several
days. In the latter case, the client may experience varying emotional states,
memories of past events or changing physical symptoms. When this occurs the
client is actually "processing" and clearing "stuff" as a result of the energetic
changes. This is sometimes referred to as a healing crisis, but it is just the
body's way of releasing what needs to be cleared and to bring our
awareness to what we to be let go of and what is no longer