Massage Benefits and Massage Types
Massage Therapy is the systematic, therapeutic manipulation of soft tissue/muscle. In our daily lives, we continually strain, overwork and injure our muscles. Typically, exercise and rest enable our body to release this tension. Many people, however, need periodic help in the form of massage therapy. Massage may be used to systematically compress, roll, stretch, knead or rub muscles for the purposes of stress relief, swelling reduction, facilitating the elimination of toxins, relaxation, and improving blood and lymphatic circulation to promote healing and natural pain relief. Scientific evidence supports the claim that massage therapy is beneficial, and can often be used in place of pharmaceutical drugs.
The Way To Balance, LLC provides a unique and effective approach to massage and bodywork, frequently resulting in rapid resolution of chronic problems and injuries.
Our licensed massage therapists are skilled professionals who provide a deeply soothing, systematic manipulation of muscle, fascia and joints that stimulates lymphatic drainage, assists assimilation, relaxation, circulation and elimination at all levels of being.
In every massage session, therapists select or integrate an array of dynamic approaches to achieve success for their particular client, including Thai massage, myotherapy, myofascial release, Cayce-Reilly massage technique, ortho-bionomy, joint mobilization, manual traction, acupressure, neuromuscular and integrative shiatsu.
MASSAGE THERAPIES OFFERED:
Acupressure with Massage
Based on traditional Eastern energy meridians, techniques including body-focusing, finger pressure on acupoints, and controlled breathing help to release physical and emotional stress. Energy Of Life Visionary Acupressure System techniques target specific physical or emotional trauma patterns lodged in the body's tissue to facilitate their release.
Hydrotherapy with Massage
Many clients choose to combine their massage/bodywork sessions with hydrotherapy services including a facial, steam/fume cabinet, whirlpool, mineral bath or sea salt bath
Myotherapy, Cayce/Reilly Massage, Lymphatic Drainage
Massage techniques aid the body in circulation, assimilation and relaxation, as well as lymphatic and other eliminations. It is based on the work of the late Edgar Cayce, famed "sleeping prophet" and medical intuitive, and the late Dr. Harold J. Reilly, the acclaimed osteopathic physician to whom Mr. Cayce referred many of his clients.
Thai Massage and Integrative Shiatsu Massage
A blend of traditional Eastern and Western techniques for massage and soft tissue manipulation. Treatment may consist of active and passive joint mobilization, stretching, squeezing, tapping and holding of acupoints to influence the muscles, circulatory and meridian systems of the body. Monitoring the flow of the vital life energy (known as chi, ki, prana, or qi) is at the heart of Asian bodywork.
Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial (connective tissue) system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, sustained gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction, and combined with other techniques, to restore normal alignment and function to the body.
Hot Stone Massage
Uses hot basalt stones (heated in water) of various sizes, shapes and weights to massage the body. The hardness of the stones allows the therapist to address specific problem areas with more detailed work or deeper pressure. The stones are used in two ways during the massage. One is to impart heat onto the body by laying stones under and/or on top of the client with a layer of fabric between the client and stone. Stones are typically placed along both sides of the spine, or along the chakra centers on top; other stones would be placed in the hands. While these layout stones are delivering concentrated centers of heat, the therapist is simultaneously massaging the client with oiled, heated stones held in the palm of the hand with firm strokes along the muscles of the legs, arms, and torso areas.
An authentic hot stone massage is not simply the "gliding" of heated stones lightly upon the surface of the skin, but rather the stones are used as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle massage at a pressure level comfortable to the client. The heat from the stones relaxes muscles and increases the blood flow to the area being worked on which may accelerate the healing process and ease mental stress.
Deep Tissue Massage
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a gentle system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury, and alleviate stress.