Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary practice involving the use of alternating pressure applied to reflexes within reflex maps of the body, located on the feet, hands and outer ears.
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How does CranioSacral therapy work?
CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive manipulative technique. It uses a light touch to mobilize restrictions in the connective tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord, thereby treating the entire system of musculoskeletal structures. Read More Here
Myofascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine
therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be addressed as well, including other connective tissue. Read More Here
Hot Stone Massage
This Hawaiian technique incorporates laying hot stones on the body as well as massaging with the stones. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, which allows for better heat absorption and retention. River rocks are often used because they are so smooth. The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. Applying hot stones to the body increases the temperature of the skin and muscle tissue improving circulation and calming the nervous system. Hot stone massage is deeply relaxing and helps to restore balance to the body and mind. Give it a try and feel the penetrating warmth. Read More Here
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine. Special cups are applied to the skin which create suction, or “negative pressure.” The practitioner can use cups to augment a massage. Cupping has been known to help with pain, inflammation, relaxation, blood flow, and can provide a deeper overall massage effect. Pam Skeele, LMT, is trained to offer this adjunct to massage therapy. Let us know when scheduling if you would like to add cupping to your massage therapy session.
Lymphatic Drainage Work
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. Read More Here