Western Massage Techniques

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the primary method used by most massage therapists. It is applied with a lubricant and consists of a variety of techniques employed with different rate, duration and amount of pressure depending on the goal of the treatment.

Swedish techniques are usually complemented by the use of non-Swedish techniques and hydrotherapy to achieve the desired therapeutic effect.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a technique used to treat muscle tension which harbours trigger points, commonly referred to as “knots”. Trigger points are tender to the touch and often exhibit a predictable pain referral pattern. They can be the source of tension headaches, muscular discomfort, muscle spasms, and they can also be involved in joint conditions such as frozen shoulder.

Trigger point therapy is also applied with a lubricant and is used in combination with Swedish massage, hydrotherapy, and stretching exercises given as a self-care.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release techniques address the myofascial system, the fibrous connective tissue that holds the body together and gives its shape. Long term stress, chronic injuries, and poor posture can cause the myofascia to become stiff, sore and less supple.

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Myofascial release techniques are generally applied with little to no lubricant. The rate is slow so that the therapist can feel the subtle movement in the fascia as it releases. At the same time, patients may experience a mild burning sensation as the fascia melts.

Pregnancy Massage

Massage therapy during pregnancy and post-partum is an important aid in addressing the rapid changes that occur during this period. Typically, treatments focus on pregnancy related issues, including lower back and hip pain, fluid retention, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendency to night cramping. After the baby is born, arms, shoulders, neck and upper back are often sore and strained due to breast feeding and the constant lifting and carrying of the new born.

Massage therapy is a safe and effective treatment approach for pre and post natal women. If you had any complications during your pregnancy it’s best to ask your primary healthcare provider about receiving massage therapy treatments and make sure to mention what these complications are during your first massage therapy intake.