Bodywork

 

 
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Trigger-Point Therapy

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that refers pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point massage therapy will alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

You can experience a significant decrease in pain after a treatment and manage pain/stress from chronic injuries with continued treatment.

Cupping

Cupping is a modality developed in Traditional Chines Medicine. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction facilitates healing with blood flow, as well as the flow of Qi(life force) in the body. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This can relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It can also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains. Since the cups can also be applied to major acupressure points, the practice is possibly effective at treating digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure.

During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is often heated with fire using alcohol on a cotton ball placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed and the heated cup is placed with the open side on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup.

Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains. Since the cups can also be applied to major acupressure points, the practice is possibly effective at treating digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure. Cupping is a long-practiced treatment that may help ease the symptoms of both temporary and chronic health conditions.

Cranial sacral therapy

Cranial sacral therapy (CST) is a type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column, it is noninvasive. It uses gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by compression.

It’s thought that through the gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalized. This removes “blockages” from the normal flow, which enhances the body’s ability to heal.

Using five grams of pressure (which is about the weight of a nickel), the provider will gently hold your feet, head, or sacrum to listen to their subtle rhythms. If they detect it’s needed, they may gently press or reposition you to normalize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids. They may use tissue-release methods while supporting one of your limbs.

CST is thought to relieve compression in the head, neck, and back. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. It’s also thought to help restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves. Cranial sacral therapy can be used for people of all ages.



Prenatal massage

Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support. Some other benefits to prenatal massage are : -Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures

-Assists in remedying many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy: muscular discomforts, lower-back pain, upper-back pain, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension and knots, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, heartburn and acid reflux, fatigue, varicose veins, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, edema of the lower extremities, neck pain, interscapular pain, sacroiliac and hip joint pain and constipation

-Increases blood circulation, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and fetus and stimulates the lymph system, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins

-Stabilizes hormonal levels and helps relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes

-Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body. As a result, the expectant mother feels more relaxed and at ease, and will also sleep more easily and more deeply

-Assists in maintaining good posture and adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms

-Supports the return of blood to the heart and increases blood flow to the uterus and placenta. With the enormous demands placed on the circulatory system during pregnancy, blood volume may

increase up to 60 percent compared to pre-pregnancy levels. As pregnancy progresses and the uterus enlarges and presses deep into the pelvic bowl, venous return to the heart is hampered