Deep Tissue Massage
& Its Techniques

What Is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a custom therapy massage technique mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps break up scar tissue following an injury and reduces tension in muscles and tissue. It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Woman receiving massage from physiotherapist

What Are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques focusing on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help to unwind mentally, too. Deep tissue massage helps in treating: sports injuries, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, high blood pressure, sciatica, and tennis elbow.

Physiotherapist giving back massage to a man

Trigger Point / Myofascial Release

What Is Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy?

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, also known as "Trigger Point Therapy," refers to the treatment of myofascial trigger points (MTrP) or "trigger points" (TrP) that are found in muscles and fascia. Myofascial trigger points are painful, tense areas found in muscles, and MTrPs affect muscles and fascia. Myofascial trigger points can be found anywhere on the body and are one of the most common causes of chronic musculoskeletal pain, also known as myofascial pain.

Cupping Therapy

What Is Cupping Therapy and Its Benefits?

Cupping therapy is an alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin with the application of heated cups. The benefits of cupping are as follows:

  • Release Scar Tissue and Fascial Adhesions

  • Reduce Painful Trigger Points

  • Improve Circulation, Blood and Lymph Circulation

  • Relieve Pain

  • Promote Mobility and Range of Motion

  • Improves Mature Scars

  • Decrease Toxins

Masseur working on relaxing the back of his client
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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of massage based on the hypothesis that it will encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues toward the heart.

The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts, which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

Prenatal Massage

What Are Prenatal Massage and Its Benefits?

Prenatal massage is a therapy specifically designed to be used during pregnancy. It is also called pregnancy massage. Prenatal massage may help relieve some of the aches and pains of pregnancy. But it has some risks; it isn't suitable for every person or pregnancy. The benefits of prenatal massage include pain relief, reduced swelling, better sleep, relaxation, and stress reduction.

Postnatal Massage

What Are Postpartum Massage and Its Benefits?

Postpartum massages usually include many of the same elements as regular massages. Women who get a massage after giving birth will likely notice numerous benefits to their body and mood associated with massage. Benefits of massage for the postpartum mom include:

  • Reduced Swelling

  • Improved Milk Production

  • Hormone Regulation, Elevate One’s Mood and May Encourage Hormonal Balance

  • Reduced Anxiety and Depression

  • Better Sleep

Relaxation Massage

Reflexology

What Is Reflexology, and How Does It Work?

Reflexology is a type of massage therapy service that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears. It’s based on a theory that these body parts are connected to specific organs and body systems. People who practice this technique are called reflexologists. Reflexologists believe that applying pressure to these parts offers a range of health benefits. Reflexology rests on the ancient Chinese belief in qi (pronounced “chee”), or “vital energy.”

According to this belief, qi flows through each person. When a person feels stressed, their body blocks qi. This can cause an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body, balanced and disease-free. In Chinese medicine, different body parts correspond with varying pressure points on the body. Reflexologists use maps of these points in the feet, hands, and ears to determine where they should apply pressure. They believe their touch sends energy flowing through a person’s body until it reaches the area needing healing.