-Remedial Massage Therapy
-Sport and Exercise Massage
-Swedish Relaxation Massage
-Personal Fitness training (individuals/groups)
-Aqua Fitness & Beach Fitness training
What is Remedial Massage?
When muscles become knotted and tense or damaged, remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. Remedial massage holistically treats the body. The massage therapist endeavours to identify the original biomechanical dysfunction, thus healing the cause of the disorder, as well as the symptoms.
Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons and joints. Massage therapy supports and speeds up the body's own repair mechanisms. A lubricating medium (usually oil) is applied directly on the skin. This ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder are deeply penetrated. Passive joint stretching moves are also used.
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with remedial massage include muscle tightness and pain, arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, whiplash, neck and back pain, scoliosis, headaches and sports injuries.
Benefits of Sport Massage Massage produces effects due to a combination of neural, chemical,mechanical, and psycholgical factors that are important in supporting athletic performance and a fitness lifestyle.
Tension in the soft tissues can cause overactivity in the sympathetic nervous system.By relaxing this tension, massage can restore the balance and stimulate the parasympathetic system,resulting in a positive effect on both minor and sometimes quite major medical conditions such as high blood pressure, migraine, insomnia, and digestive disorders.
The main outcomes of massage for sport and fitness are increased body stamina, stability,mobility, flexibility, agility, reduced soft tissue tension and binding, normalized fluid (blood and lymph) movement, management of pain, reuction of suffering, support of healing mechanisms, alteration of mood, improved physical and mental performance, and experience of pleasure.
Massage effects are determined by reflexive and mechanical outcomes or some combination of both Reflex response results from stimulus of the nervous system to activate feedback loops with the therapeutic intent of adjustment in enuromuscular,neurotransmitter, endocrine, or ANS homeostatic mechanisms.
Mechanical methods impose various forces such as tension,compression,rotation or torsion,bending,and shearing and the combination of these forces to change body structure or function.
The outcome of massage application is to influence the adaptive,restorative, and healing capacity of the body.
Anatomic and physiologic outcomes of Mechanical massage methods include:
-Local tissue repair, such as a sprain or contusion
-Connective tissue normalization that affects elasticity, stiffness, and strength, such as increased pliability of scar tissue or overall flexibility.
-Shifts in pressure gradients to influence body fluid movement.
-Neuromuscular function interfacing with the muscle length-tension relationship; force couples;
motor tone of muscles; concentric ,eccentric, and isometric functions; and contration patterns of muscles working together to support efficient movement.
-Mood and pain modulation through shifts in ANS function, yielding neurochemical and neuroendocrine responses.
-Increased immune response to support systemic health and healing.
What is considered a reflexive stimulus usually results from a mechanical force applied to the body.
Methods of massage that most specifically affect body structure occur as the results of theapplication of forces to the body to load the tissue.Connective tissue and fluid dynamics are most affected by force.
-Tissues elongate under tension loading with the intent of lengthening shortened tissues.
-Tension force is created by methods such as traction, longitudinal stretching and stroking with tissue drag. Tension forces also cause an aggregation of collagen, resulting in thicker and denser tissue to improve direction of fiber development,stiffness, and strength.Tension loading is effective during the secondary phase of healing after the acute inflammatory stage has begun to dissipate
-During compression loading,tissues shortens and widens, increasing the pressure within the tissue and affecting fluid flow.
-Compression is effective as a rhythmic pumplike method to facilitate fluid dynamics. Sustained compression results in more pliable connective tissue structures and is effective in reducing tissue density and binding.
-In bending loading,the therapist applies combined forces of tension on the convex side and compression on the concave side of the tissue.Bending is used when combined effects of lengthening and shortening and an increase in pliability are desired.
-In shear loading, the massage therapist moves tissue back and forth, creating a combined pattern of compression and elongation of tissue.This method is particularly effective in creating controlled inflammation and in ensuring that tissue layers slide over one another instead of adhering to underlying layers, creating binding.
Rotation or Torsion Loading
-Rotation or torsion loading is a combined application of compression and wringing resulting in elongation of tissue along the axis of rotation. It is used when a combined effect of both fluid dynamics and connective tissue pliability is desired.
-In combined loading two or more forces are used to load tissue.The more forces applied to tissue, the more intense the response.Tension and compression underlie all the different modes of loading; therefore, any form of manipulation is either tension, compression, or a combination of these.Tension is important in conditions in which tissue needs to be elongated; compression is important when fluid flow needs to be affected. Oscillation of tissue can be considered combined loading.
Fascia is loose, irregular connective tissue with a multidirectional network of collagen and elastin fibers. Fascia in some form surrounds and separates almost every structure and cell in the body. It forms the interstitial spaces(spaces between individual cells)Fascia is involved in structural and visceral support, as well as separation and protection, and therefore influences respiration, elimination , metabolism, fluid flow, and the immune system.
Fascia is stress-responsive, becoming thicker in response to real or perceived threat, as well as any other activation of the sympathetic ANC nervous system.This emotional response of the fascial guarding system is sometimes called body armoring.It is an important factor in the relationship between the body and emotional expression.This factor is often a component of body/mind approaches.