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Specific techniques are used to enhance the athletes preparation for, or recovery from the physical demands of training or competition. The therapist usually works on site at the event, or in gyms and training facilities, providing pre-event, inter event, post-event, and restorative/training massage treatments. Clients are not always expected to disrobe as sessions vary in length and consist of many techniques involving active movements and stretching.
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This type of massage therapy mobilizes soft tissue (such as muscle, fascia, and body fluids) to restore normal systemic and biomechanical/functional use. It is used to assist in the treatment of most musculoskeletal and associated problems. The pressure used is generally deeper, with varying technique and speed. General goals are to decrease muscle tension, scar tissue, and facial restrictions, to stimulate a healing response and increase range of motion. Your treatment plan will be formulated based on your specific condition and needs. Client participation is usually required as active movements and home care exercises are often part of you treatment plan.
The temporomandibular (jaw) joint, like every other joint in the human body, is a lever system moved by muscles surrounding the joint. Dysfunction of the TMJ, associated structures, and muscles used to move the joint can cause a great deal of discomfort. Some common symptoms may include muscular tenderness, pain in the joint, headache, earache or pressure in the ear, noises when opening or closing mouth, limited opening of the mouth, and teeth not fitting together properly. Gentle intra/extra oral massage techniques are very effective in treating symptoms and increasing range of motion. Behavioural modifications such as posture, stress management, and reducing aggravating activities may be suggested.
This massage emphasizes stress reduction, using gentle, slow, and rhythmic strokes to send one into a deep state of relaxation. The pressure used is gentle, not focusing on working out "knots". Benefits include decreased blood pressure and heart rate, increased blood and lymphatic circulation, and increased digestive activity. The endorphin release will leave one with a general sense of well being.
The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ was developed by David Sheehan in 2002. It involves the gliding of negatively pressurized cups over the body with the assistance of massage cream and can be accompanied by joint mobilisation. It is a very different technique to traditional cupping and importantly, marking the skin is NOT part of the desired treatment outcome. It also should be performed at a pressure level that is almost painless to the client.
Unlike all other massage techniques that use compression, the Myofascial Cupping Technique™ is unique in that it ‘lifts and separates’ soft tissue, known as negative or tensional pressure. This in turn can increase nutrient-rich blood supply to the tissue, while giving a gentle passive stretch to the underlying soft tissue.
The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can provide profound benefits, particularly with assisting the body in maintaining Range Of Motion, eliminating Myofascial Trigger Points and reducing restrictive and sometimes painful fascial adhesions commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace. By reducing fascial adhesions, while encouraging optimal hydration levels of soft tissue, the Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can assist in reducing the incidence of injury and maintaining functional soft tissue.
Pregnancy massage has been proven to be very beneficial in lowing anxiety, back and leg pain, and the stress hormone norepinephrine. It also improves sleep and overall mood, while increasing "feel good" hormones. The side lying position is used with a few extra pillows for comfort. Massage is not indicated during the first trimester or if you have a high risk pregnancy.