Massage can be an important part of a personal health and wellness program. The basic concept and philosophy of massage therapy is to aid the body in the ability to heal itself by increasing the circulation of blood and movement of lymph.
The direct mechanical effect of rhythmically applied pressure, along with stimulation of nerve receptors, can increase the rate of blood flow. Lymph is a milky white fluid within the body that drains impurities and waste away from the tissue cells. This is vital because a component of these wastes are toxins (lactic acid) which are by products of metabolism. Massage also helps aide in the loosening of contracted, shortened, hardened muscles and can stimulate weak flaccid muscles.
Deep Tissue massage is indicated for most forms of chronic muscle tension. It can produce significant relief in specific areas such as the neck and low back. Deep tissue massage involves firm, constant compression and strokes applied parallel to the muscle fiber. Techniques are intended to affect the deeper structures of the musculoskeletal system, the skin, and the more superficial fascia and muscles. Throughout the course of the massage the therapist may use fingertips, knuckles, elbows, forearms and the heels of the hand as tools.
Sports massages at SOL are specifically designed to help competitive and non-competitive athletes recover from injury and prevent future injury. Depending upon your needs, sports massage can be utilized to reduce pain, increase range of motion, promote muscular symmetry, improve posture, promote health within muscle and connective tissues, and much more.
The culprit for unexplained musculoskeletal pain in one part of the body can, at times, be explained by nodules on fascia in a completely different area of the body. In order to reduce or eliminate the pain symptom, the massage therapist will identify and use trigger point techniques to eliminate the nodule that is most likely referring pain to the affected area.
Swedish massage uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layer of muscles, generally in the direction of the heart to promote healthy blood flow, circulation, range of motion and overall relaxation.
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