Deep Tissue Massage is a very beneficial massage. Muscles in the body get very tight and sore from repetitive use. This includes sitting at a desk all day, or consistent weight lifting at the gym, and many other ways we overuse the body! Deep Tissue Massage requires more pressure and time on the muscles than traditional Swedish massage, which is more gliding gentle strokes on the body.
This technique is used to break up layers of stuck fascia, helping the body move more freely and to restore range of motion. Using this technique give the body better circulation for muscles and connective tissues, which will help with muscle soreness. This entails slow movements focusing on certain muscles, the direction of the muscle fibers, and the attachment sites of the muscles focused on.
I love using Cupping. There are many benefits such as pain relief, blood flow, circulation, range of motion, loosening stiff muscles, easing anxiety, decreasing fatigue, decreasing migraines, and even decreasing cellulite! In my practice I like to use Deep Tissue massage first, pushing down and lengthening the muscles, followed by Cupping which decompresses the muscle. This is a push-pull method on the muscle that works very well to relieve pain and tight muscles!
The Theragun is my favorite tool I have added to my practice. I used this percussion gun during the massage session to ease the pain and tightness of muscles in the body. It works great on the shoulders, low back, and even hamstrings, calves, and quads! This percussion gun helps calm the muscle down, increase blood flow, and help with range of motion. And it feels great!
Taping is done to help with posture, reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, relieve muscle spasms, and speed up the recovery of overused muscles or strained muscles. I often tape shoulders back for those “office athletes” out there that need a little reminder of posture during those long days sitting in front of a computer. Posture is very important in our day to day lives! Without fixing posture, you will continue to experience pain.
(Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
This technique involves using medical grade stainless steel tools to break us restrictions in the fascia and is used to improve range of motion, strength and relieve pain.
I use Lemongrass on my towels, and Peppermint on the chest and neck. I also sell oils in my office made by Stephanie Hardcastle of Heaven Scent. She makes custom blends! Aromatherapy is great to relieve anxiety and depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, cure headaches, boost cognition, improve sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation. Check out her selection next time you are in my office!