There are many types of therapeutic massage techniques. We use deep tissue, trigger point release and Tui na (Asian bodywork, pronounced Tway-nah) treatments in combination with acupuncture to aid in pain management. These techniques are used to improve the flow of the circulatory and lymph systems and allows contracted muscles to relax. This eases chronic pain and promotes emotional and self-healing by shifting the nervous system into a more relaxed state of being.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that aims at affecting the deeper tissue structure of the muscles. It also affects the connective tissue, known as fascia. Deep tissue massage helps with both small muscle injuries as well as chronic problems. Deep tissue massage is an excellent way to deal with a whiplash or sports injury, postural misalignment, treating spasms as well as muscle tension. During a deep tissue massage, the therapist concentrates on releasing specific chronic muscle tension as well as the muscular knots, or adhesions.
Muscle knots or “trigger points” are small patches of super-contracted muscle fibers that cause aching and stiffness. They can affect performance of the whole muscle, spread pain to adjacent areas, and even cause other trigger points. They can be a major (and often unsuspected) factor in many common pain problems like low back pain and neck pain.
Tui Na (pronounced ‘tway-nah’) massage is a form of traditional Chinese medicine to address a wide range of health problems. Tui Na uses push, pull and roll like motions and rhythms to loosen joints, nourish the muscles and encourage the flow of qi (pronounced chee). It may also be known as meridian massage, as it opens stagnant channels and encourages the flow of qi to deficient areas. It improves mobility, fluidity and brings balance and optimal functioning to the body, mind and spirit.