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Muscular Therapy and Massage

Types and Benefits of Muscular Therapy

What is Muscular Therapy or Massage Therapy?
MassageMuscular Therapy or 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.

Muscular Therapy may be used to systematically compress, roll, stretch, knead or rub muscles for the purpose of reducing swelling, facilitating the elimination of toxins, relaxation, and improving blood and lymphatic circulation to promote healing. Scientific evidence supports the claim that massage therapy is beneficial, and can often be used in place of pharmaceutical drugs.

What Makes the Muscular Therapy Services Offered at The Way To Balance Unique?
The Way To Balance, LLC provides a unique and effective integrative 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 and integrate an array of dynamic approaches to achieve success for each particular client, which may include aspects of Thai massage, sports massage, myotherapy, myofascial release, Cayce-Reilly massage technique, ortho-bionomy, joint mobilization, manual traction, acupressure, neuromuscular, deep tissue and integrative shiatsu, etc.

Many clients choose to combine their massage/bodywork sessions with hydrotherapy services including bodywraps, steam/fume cabinet, whirlpool, mineral or sea salt bath, facials, etc.


Massage Therapy

Sports Massage
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is performed to evaluate and correct postural and gait issues, and alleviate muscle tension, as well as improve blood circulation to areas important to the athlete's particular needs. Post-event massage is best done as quickly as possible after an athletic event. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing. At The Way To Balance, a variety of techniques are combined from various modalities to customize an optimal plan for each athlete.

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.

Integrative Bodywork based on Techniques from Yoga Therapy, Ortho-Bionomy, Thai, Shiatsu and Myofascial Release Massage
A blend of traditional Eastern and Western techniques for massage and soft tissue manipulation involving sustained pressure and gentle traction to release tight fascia (connective tissue) and restore normal alignment and function to the body. 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.

Acupressure with Massage
Acupressure may be integrated into a massage session to enhance release of trauma, pain, stress or muscle tension. Based on traditional Eastern energy meridian theory, treatment may include pressure on acupoints, controlled breathing and use of crystals, aromatherapy, Rings of Oden and body-mind awareness techniques to help release physical and emotional stress. The Energy Of Life Visionary Acupressure System applies non-linear techniques and point sequences that work on multiple meridian systems simultaneously to speed the healing process.


What is Prenatal Massage?
Prenatal massage is defined as Massage during Pregnancy, and incorporates a variety of massage techniques to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and reduce stress on mother and growing fetus. It also helps prepare the mother's body for labor and delivery. It is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and The Way To Balance's therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly and incorporate other healing modalities as needed.

How Can Prenatal Massage Benefit me?
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also stresses your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you're carrying and you've got yourself an aching lower back. Prenatal massage may help with lower back pain, foot and leg swelling, headaches, breath capacity, sleep issues, indigestion, and more.

Post-Natal Massage helps the woman's body recover following childbirth, including muscle tone, ligament recovery, lactation, stress, postural re-education, and more. Therapists at The Way To Balance frequently integrate other techniques and modalities as needed for the woman's specific needs.

Infant Massage helps correct muscular tension patterns that may develop in the womb or during labor and the birthing process, improves blood and lymph circulation, improves rest and sleep patterns. At The Way To Balance, therapists often integrate other helpful modalities, including craniosacral therapy, as needed.

To schedule Muscular Therapy and Massage Services, please CALL US at 978-834-0341.
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