Myofascial Release (MFR) Therapy is a specialized advanced remedial massage technique working with the body and the patterning of the connective tissues, in conjunction with memory pathways, which is very gentle and subtle. Some consider MFR to be a stretching technique, which follows the pull or direction of the stretch to address the restriction of the soft tissue. MFR is a more gentle, comfortable manner than traditional stretching techniques.
Fascia is considered to be a continuous band of connective tissue fibres that act as a shock absorber for our bodies preventing / limiting restrictions and or injuries. Fascia surrounds every part of the body, supporting, protecting and connecting it all together as a whole.
A smooth fascial sheath surrounds every muscle of the body; therefore it is the fascia that ultimately determines the length and function of its muscular component and organizes itself along the lines of tension imposed upon it. It is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with muscular pain, decreased range of movement or both may have fascial problems.
The concise book of trigger points by Simeon Niel-Asher
Here are a few pictures of Trigger Point (TrP) and their refer pattern.
A trigger point is an area of local nerve facilitation of a muscle that is aggravated by stress of any sort affecting the body or mind of the client. A trigger point is often located in a tight band of muscle fibres (A knot), which then is point on the body that is particularly sensitive to touch.
There are TWO types of trigger points Active (PAINFUL) and Latent (NO PAIN).
Active triggers may cause pain and tenderness upon compression, which causes restricted range of movement, reduce muscle strength and cause referring pain. Latent triggers are not painful to touch but still cause restricted range of movement, reduce muscle strength and can become active down the track.
These types of triggers may be present in your body for years and not realize they’re there until you touch them and not cause any problems for you. But once you aggravate them they soon become very painful and refer pain to different areas on your body.
Here is a short video on how trigger points are constructed
- Dry needling is a procedure in which a thin filament needle (0.22 of a mm) is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point is a focus of small muscle fibre contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. They often occur as a result of muscle imbalance and tightness and stress.
Dry needling allows to directly treat the muscle fibres and MTrP that are causing restricted range of movement or muscle tenderness/tightness.
The sensation you feel when the needle is inserted varies from patient to patient but generally it is a “ very small pin prick sensation” for less than a second that has a light dull pain and after a minute you will wont realize they are there.
By inserting the needle it breaks the pain cycle and brings fresh blood and nutrients to heal the muscle fibre. Also a “twitch response” can occur which sends a signal to the brain to activate the muscle fibres because they are in a taut band of fibres. Dry needling is fantastic for treating sport injuries whether you’re a weekend warrior or elite athlete. And all the major sporting clubs are using dry needling techniques to treat their top athletes.
Cupping involves creating a vacuum in a suction cup over various parts of the body. The classical method of cupping is to briefly heating the air, which then produces a vacuum and draws fresh blood to the area.
Cupping is used therapeutically to draw blood flow to areas of ischemic pain, thus flushing capillary beds and re-supplying vital nutrients. Suction also mobilizes and stretches soft tissue by pulling it up and away from underlying structures, thus loosening areas of adhesion or restriction and activating muscle spindle reflexes that relax contractile tissue.
There are TWO forms of Cupping.
Cupping involves leaving multiple cups on one spot to draw blood to that exact area. Glide cupping involves less suction in one cup and you move the cup around the body to encourage blood flow to the whole area.
Pregnancy massage, specifically created for mums-to-be in their second and third trimesters, is the ideal way to relieve discomfort, stimulate circulation and deeply relax and allow you to be able to LAY ON YOUR STOMACH. The pregnancy massage increases blood and oxygen circulation and also stimulates the joints and you will get the same results like a normal massage. This means that you’ve got more mobility and that you will retain a good posture, which will benefit other areas of your health and your child’s.
We have a special pregnancy table at our clinic designed to enable pregnant women to feel relax and comfortable throughout a treatment. Rather than lying on your side, which can be uncomfortable and restricting by not able to reach into all those aching spots. Our table enables the therapist to work on all of your aching muscles without causing you any discomfort.
Pregnancy massage can benefit you and your baby in more than one way.
• Reduces the feeling of stress and anxiety.
• Pregnancy massage will increase blood circulation, which contributes to reduced swelling.
• Improves outcome of labor and eases labor pain.
• Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and pains, especially in the lower back, hips, legs and joints.
• Makes your skin more pliable and enhances the resistance of the underlying tissues.
• Helps reduce aches, constipation and fatigue.
A pregnancy massage will promote your health and emotional state, ensuring that you and your baby receive the full benefits.
Lymphatic massage is a type of massage that is very helpful for aiding the body’s elimination of wastes and toxins
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is one of the main elimination channels in the body. It is a major factor in the absorption of nutrients from digestion into the tissues and it is also how the body removes its metabolic wastes. The lymphatic system clears toxins, unwanted proteins, and waste which cannot be removed by any other means.
The lymphatic system maintains the connective tissues to an optimal levels, carries toxins out of the body’s interstitial spaces, helps to transport lymphocytes and hormones throughout the body, filters harmful substances and bacterial infection, maintains the balance of fluids in the body’s tissues, and it recovers substances that have escaped into the body.
What is Lymphatic Massage?
Because the lymphatic system has no pump, its functions are dependent upon muscle contractions, diaphragmatic breathing, and body movement. It is common to develop a sluggish lymphatic flow. Some causes of this include inactivity, consuming the wrong foods and drinks, and not drinking enough water.
Lymphatic massage is a massage technique that is designed to stimulate the lymph’s circulation in order to speed up the removal of waste from the body. It is helpful for the nervous system as it reduces sympathetic nervous activity, allows para-sympathetic activity, stimulates the defenses of the immune system, and increases the flow and volume of the lymph fluid. The technique involves the use of gentle, rhythmic strokes and pumping movements towards the direction of the lymph nodes on the body.
Lymphatic massage is helpful for scars, stress, cellulite, stretch marks, detoxification, chronic fatigue, weight problems, arthritis, neurological disorders, pregnancy, pain, and overall wellbeing.
The benefits of lymphatic massage include:
• improving circulation, in turn increasing the metabolic rate
• helping with weight loss
• reducing fluid retention
• eliminating toxins, thus aiding detoxification
• reducing cellulite fat in the body
• improving immunity
• helping with sinus congestion and allergies
• hormonal imbalances
Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish Massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating.
The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Some other benefits include shortening recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
The sequence of techniques usually used in a session of Swedish Massage are:
1. Effleurage: gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
2. Petrissage: kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
3. Friction: circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
4. Vibration: oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.
5. Percussion: brisk hacking or tapping.
6. Passive and Active Movements: bending and stretching.
The patient is required to be appropriately unclothed for the treatments, which would usually be for an hour, although longer or shorter treatments are also possible.
Aromatherapy has been around for some 6000 years and involves the use of pure essential oils (fragrant plant extracts), usually through massage, inhalation, baths or compresses. In an aromatherapy massage, individual blends are prepared by the practitioner, in a base of cold pressed oil and then applied to the patient’s skin through a remedial or relaxing massage. It is important that they are not used directly on the skin, as burning or rashes could occur.
As a holistic treatment, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on physical and psychological wellbeing. There exists the belief that scent, as the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions, and heal our bodies.
The Essential Oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from plants and herbs to treat conditions ranging from infections and skin disorders to immune deficiencies and stress. When aromas are detected in the nasal cavity, impressions associated with previous experiences and emotions are created. Combining this with the fact that the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance are also related to the nasal cavity, it is evident that the use of essential oils contributes to and achieves many physiological or psychological effects.
Some common oils and their uses include:
• Eucalyptus: for congestion/colds
• Frankincense: for calming emotions and nightmares
• Geranium:for menopausal problems & PMS Lemongrass; for sore or injured muscles
• Lavender: for relaxation
• Peppermint: for quick energy
• Rose: a uterine tonic and aids in contractions during childbirth
• Sandalwood: for relaxation, digestive troubles (esp. due to tension), dry skin
• Tea Tree: a strong disinfectant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can have a wide range of benefits, from the physical to the emotional. The benefits of essential oils can be obtained through inhalation or by external application. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction to mainstream medicine to help treat common colds and flu, insomnia, nausea, skin conditions, migraines and headaches and many other ailments. Aromatherapy is easy to practice, readily available, and can be effective as a therapy, but should be used with care
- Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries or ailments. It is not meant to be a relaxing massage and, indeed, can become quite vigorous at times. Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only utilised by professional sportspeople or people that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking.
The Purpose of Sports Massage
Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
What Sports Massage Can Do For You
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently. Some benefits that sports massage has include:
• Draining away fatigue
• Relieving swelling
• Reducing muscle tension
• Promoting flexibility
• Injuries that occur as a result of overexertion or overuse
• Relieving pain
• Preventing injuries
• Improving range of movement
• Increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
• Treating injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbows, sprains and strains
- Corporate Massage is performed in various workplaces. Therapists are qualified in Remedial Massage. An employer who wishes to offer extra benefits to their staff or executives generally contracts them.
How does Corporate Massage work?
Therapists provide their own mobile massage chairs or tables, and massages take place with clothing. A typical chair massage will last approximately 15 minutes, with the practitioner concentrating on the back, neck and shoulders, the areas that suffer most stress from extended seating periods. Table massages are provided less often, as they require more space and time to set up but will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, allowing the lower body to be worked on, if required.
Benefits of Corporate Massage
Benefits of Corporate Massage to the recipients are manifold: rejuvenation of tired muscles, stress relief and relief of headaches and back pain. From the employer’s point of view, employees often require less sick or stress leave and are appreciative of the care given to their health needs, thus improving company morale.
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