Frequently Asked Questions
What is Deep Tissue?
A massage technique using consistent pressure to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body. The use of slow precise strokes helps muscles to release tension, increase circulation, promote relaxation, reduce pain, stress and inflammation, and increases mobility.
What is Trigger point / Neuromuscular therapies?
Application of pressure directly to a “knot” in a muscle and holding. This temporarily cuts off the circulation which results in breaking the pain spasm cycle. Trigger points (knots) are tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body.
What is CranialSacral?
Use of light touch that relieves compression in the bones in the head, sacrum, and spinal column. Through this gentle manipulation of the bones in the head, spine, and sacrum, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalized. Removing blockages and enhancing healing.
What is Lymphatic Drainage?
A massage technique that involves gently manipulating specific areas around your lymph nodes to encourage lymphatic fluid to flow properly. Lymphatic drainage can relieve swelling or blocks in your lymphatic system.The Lymphatic system collects and returns lymphatic fluid and returns it to the heart via lymphatic nodes and vessels. When something disrupts your lymphatic systems process, lymphatic fluid collects in arms and legs causing swelling that can be painful. Lymphedema happens when your tissues retain fluid left behind after your cardiovascular system sends blood to your tissues and organs.
What is a Swedish massage?
A lighter pressure massage that works with the soft tissues calming the nervous system. This technique soothes muscles, improves circulation, boosts well-being and promotes relaxation.
What is assisted stretching?
Assisted stretching is where a practitioner helps to stretch your muscles. This can be beneficial to get a deeper stretch and make sure that the movement is done correctly. Assisted stretching allows your body to move in ways that it is not able to when stretching alone.
What to expect in an assisted stretch session?
Come in stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. You will be fully clothed for the entire stretch.
Your practitioner will guide you through a few evaluations to see where you have tight muscles.
Once the practitioner has decided which stretches will be most beneficial for you they will have you lay on the massage table and they will move you through a series of stretches.
There are 3 types of stretches that may be done during an assisted stretch session. Static hold which is a consistent hold for 30 seconds, PNF which is a technique used to increase your range of motion, and perpetual movement which is taking you into and out of the stretch in a gentle fluid movement.
After your stretch session your practitioner will give you some at home care and recommendations for further stretch, massage, and self care.
How to prepare for an assisted stretch?
Drink plenty of water for the couple days prior to your session.
Come in comfy stretchy clothing that isn't too baggy or loose.
Benefits of Assisted stretch?
Reduce pain and stress
Increased ROM and flexibility