Therapeutic Massage Therapies

Therapeutic Massage Therapies are therapeutic in nature.  Clients who have acute pain issues can benefit from Therapeutic Massage.  The goal of Therapeutic Massage Therapy is to get the client to maintain their current functioning level.  Therapeutic Massage can treat the following issues: overuse of muscles, weight training, slight strains and sprains, sore/achy muscles, stiffness and stress.  These therapies are great for those clients, who did too much work in the garden, have a new exercise routine, or just woke up with a kink in their neck.  The issue is not a serious injury that requires in-depth assessment and documentation. (See “Massage Styles” under the “About” tab for an in-depth explanation of each modality below.)

Swedish                                                

Therapy is effective for sore muscles, and everyday aches and pains.  Client disrobes and lies under sheet.

Reflexology                                      

Therapy is effective for digestive, kidney stones, sinus and foot problems.  Client can wear soft clothing, such sweats or tee shirt and shorts.

Shiatsu                                                

Therapy is effective for sore muscles, balancing energy and emotions.  Client can wear soft clothing, such sweats or tee shirt and shorts.

Sports Therapy:

A sports massage is a type of therapy geared toward athletes and the particular stresses they place on their bodies. A sports-massage therapist is trained in applying techniques to help athletes avoid injuries, cool down after exertion and enhance their overall performance. Proper sports massages should concentrate on increasing motion and flexibility, relieving muscle soreness, and promoting a quick recovery from muscle overuse.

Pre-Event Massage

A pre-event sports massage is delivered about 1 day to 30 minutes before a competition. It should be brisk and light and complement a warm-up.  The purpose is to either pump the client up before event or calm nerves before the athletic event.

During-Event Massage 

Many athletes utilize massage during an event to reduce stress on muscles that are reacting from repetitive motions and to keep the themselves flexible to prevent injuries.  The purpose is to stay limber with stretches and keep the client warmed up with petrissage.

Post-Event Massage      

A post-event massage should be given within an hour to 1-2 days after the event to flush the body of lactic acid that built up during the activity and to focus on places where the athlete feels pain.  The purpose is to relax and cool down
Read more: What Is the Definition of a Sports Massage? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4865456_what-definition-sports-massage.html#ixzz1y5S2yAtV

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