soft tissue modalities
Your session will likely consist of a combo of the following unless you have preferences otherwise:
- Active Release is a technique for releasing scar tissue which can bind up tissue, restricting movement and resulting in reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, one may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness. The therapist uses her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
- Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Massage (Ashi means foot and atsu means pressure) is an adaptation of an ancient form of barefoot massage, where the therapist uses deep compression gliding strokes over the body to facilitate relaxation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and, if necessary, bring about a structural change in chronic soft tissue dysfunction or damage. Bars are used over the therapist’s head for balance.
- Deep Tissue Massage uses patterns of strokes and deep, slow finger pressure on parts of the body where muscles are tight or knotted, focusing on layers of muscle deep under the skinto “unhook” locked muscle cells which have developed knots or bands of rigor resulting in dysfunctional muscles which may be causing pain. Patient is positioned so technique is as comfortable as possible. Feedback always welcome and heeded.
- Muscle Energy Technique is used to treat loss of range of motion. The technique requires the client to push against a barrier (the therapist), then relax. The muscles are able to lengthen more in the seconds post contraction, thus decreasing tension in the tendons and muscle tissue.
- Myofascial Release uses sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions, adhesions and internal scar tissue. Fascia is a thin fibrous network of connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, every muscle bundle, every muscle fiber and every muscle cell. Nerves, muscles and other soft tissue, entrapped by fascia, may cause pain. In some people, myofascial release has been effective in facilitating the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress.
- Post-Isometric Relaxation Technique begins by placing the muscle in a stretched position. Then a contraction is exerted against minimal resistance. Relaxation and then gentle stretch follow as the muscle releases, increasing range of motion.
- Trigger Point Massage, also called pressure point massage, involves a variety of strokes, but applies deeper, more focused pressure on myofascial trigger points - “knots” that can form in the muscles, painful when pressed, and which cause symptoms elsewhere in the body as well.