Therapeutic massage is one of the most popular types of bodywork being practiced today, and it is often used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments to help alleviate pain and revitalize the body. As the name implies, therapeutic massage is designed to provide remedial or curative benefits to clients suffering from various physical ailments. Although this form of bodywork can be very relaxing, the primary objective is not relaxation; instead, the end goal will be based on what type of condition it is intended to address. For example, a client who is undergoing rehabilitation for a physical injury might participate in regular therapeutic massage sessions to increase flexibility, prevent muscular atrophy and improve overall mobility. This is one of the reasons why therapeutic bodywork is also referred to as mobility massage.
Types of Therapeutic Massage Techniques
It is important to remember that the term "therapeutic massage" encompasses several different types of techniques and modalities, including:
- Swedish Therapy: This technique employs various kneading, tapping and pressing motions to promote relaxation and the release of tension in the muscles.
- Neuromuscular Therapy: An advanced technique that is designed to treat various types of chronic pain, as well as to remedy imbalances in posture and muscularity.
- Deep Tissue Therapy: This type of bodywork targets the deeper layers of the muscles, including the tendons and the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles.
- Craniosacral Therapy: Very light and gentle manipulation of the fibrous joints in the cranium (skull) to relieve pain and encourage the body's natural ability to heal itself.
- Reflexology: The stimulation of various pressure points on the body in order to ease tension or pain.
- Myofascial Release Therapy: The application of gentle pressure holds to the connective tissue to restore mobility and relieve pain.
- Trigger Point Therapy: The application of several pressure-and-release cycles to isolated areas where the muscles are extremely tight or constricted, with the goal of relieving pain or discomfort.
- Lymph Drainage Therapy: The application of light pressure movements to encourage the flow of lymph fluid in the body. This technique is often used in conjunction with medical treatments for cancer and autoimmune disorders.
Benefits of Therapeutic or Mobility Massage
One of the most prominent benefits of this type of bodywork is that it encourages better circulation, enabling the blood to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. In addition, these techniques often produce a sense of calm and relaxation, which can lower your blood pressure, relieve stress and boost your immune health. In addition, therapeutic or mobility massage can loosen up and relax the muscles, which can minimize joint and nerve compression while increasing mobility, flexibility and range of motion. It is not uncommon for this type of therapy to be used as a standalone treatment, but it is also often implemented as just one component of a comprehensive treatment plan for a wide variety of conditions.
When administered by a trained and certified practitioner such as myself, therapeutic and/or mobility massage can offer a remarkable array of health benefits. Be sure to consult with me first to find out whether this type of bodywork is right for you, and if you get the green light, be sure to set an appointment to begin enjoying a greater level of health and well-being in Stony Plain / Spruce Grove, Alberta.