massage techniques involve the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue (muscles,
tendons and ligaments) to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle
spasm and stress, and to promote relaxation and well-being.
Some of the most common therapeutic
massage techniques are:
Other, more specialized forms of therapeutic
Swedish massage, a smooth, flowing style
that promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of movement,
and relieves muscular tension.
Deep-tissue (or Neuromuscular) massage,
a style which is intended to reach the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments,
and nerves, and release knots of tension called trigger points.
Sports massage which tends to focus
on specific muscles, tendons and ligaments which affect athletic performance.
Reflexology, which is based on the idea
that massaging specific "reflex zones" on your feet can relieve tension,
ease pain, and even improve circulation in corresponding parts of your
is believed to be beneficial in several ways. Besides being physically
and emotionally relaxing, massage improves blood and lymph circulation,
reduces nerve irritation and brings fresh oxygen and other nutrients to
the affected tissues. Massage may also cause the body to produce fewer
stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine (formerly adrenalin),
and may also increase the body's production of pain-killing endorphins
and the mood-altering hormone serotonin.
Myofascial Release, a gentle blend of
stretching and massage which works on “fascia”, the thin connective tissue
that covers every muscle and organ of the body.
Trigger Point Therapy (or Myotherapy)
that uses deep pressure to release trigger points (tiny knots that develop
in muscle fiber, fascia or ligaments).
Therapeutic Massage services are
proudly offered at our Pleasant Valley, Beacon, and Kingston offices.