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Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being. These include the muscles, the skin, tendons, ligaments and other forms of connective tissue. Massage therapy is a safe and effective procedure to assist in stress management. In conjunction with any medical treatment already in place, massage therapy is an effective way to assist the body to regain balance in many areas and to assist in the management of musculo-skeletal problems. Massage is generally done using the light application of an oil on the skin to allow for a steady and continuous flow of movement.

Swedish Massage:
Swedish massage traditionally incorporates five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.

Sports massage:
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion. It utilizes specific strokes and stretches to help obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning with less chance of injury or pain. It helps to obtain maximum conditioning by increasing power, endurance and flexibility both before and after an event or work out. But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.

Trigger Point Therapy:
A trigger point can be either a hypercontracted (a knot) or hypersensitive area in muscle or tendon that usually produces painful sensations in other areas of the body.

Chair massage:
Chair massage is performed in many places such as the workplace, home, sporting events, golf tournaments, health fairs, employee benefit days and conventions. Seated chair massage utilizes acupressure and Swedish massage to relieve tension and stress in the head, neck shoulders, back arms, and hands using no oil while the client is fully clothed.

Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but is used to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). Deep tissue massage uses strokes across the grain of the muscles, not with the grain as in Swedish massage. The more intense movements and techniques such as deep finger pressure may be slightly uncomfortable and cause soreness that lasts a couple of days before resulting in the desired relaxation and pain relief. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury.

Myofascial Release:
Uses gentle techniques to equalize muscle tension throughout the body, focusing on releasing tension in the skin and muscles that are unevenly stressed.

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