Deep Tissue Massage -
Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia; the connective tissue. It is particularly helpful at treating chronically tense, contracted muscles and at releasing “knots”, also know as adhesions. The focused nature of deep tissue makes it a good modality for treating stiff necks, low back tightness, sore shoulders and for aiding in injury rehabilitation.
It is a common misconception that deep tissue work has to hurt. While it is more intense it should not hurt. At Thrive your therapist will work with you utilizing communication through the pleasure/pain scale to find a pressure that is just perfect for you.
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Myofascial massage works with the soft tissues of the body called fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that covers every muscle, nerve, bone and organ in your body. In a healthy body, fascial layers move freely next to each other. Over time, repetitive use, trauma, stress and injury can cause these layers to stick and adhere to each other, restricting free movement and circulation, which inevitably leads to constriction and pain.
In myofacial massage, the connective layers are released and movement is restored by utilizing long strokes, skin rolling, stretching and kneading on dry skin. Opening the tissue then allows for proper manipulation of the muscles, restoring circulation and minimizing pain. The pressure applied can be light to heavy, depending on the needs of the client. Myofascial massage is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain and headaches.
Swedish massage is one of the most common and well known forms of massage. Using oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin your therapist will use long gentle strokes mixed with some kneading and rolling to ease muscle tension. Swedish massage is wonderful for treating emotional and physical stress. This gentle massage will increase the oxygen levels in your blood, decease toxins in your muscles, stimulate your skin and relax your nerves.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
(CST) is a full body technique that addresses fascial restrictions in the body. The goal is similar to chiropractic care in that it focuses on decompressing specific bones/joints that are compressed by relaxing the tissues that connect the bones ie. fascia, tendons, and ligaments. It goes beyond relaxing muscles by releasing the connective tissue that holds the muscle in a layer of fascia connected throughout the body like a web. The CST system is a closed fluid system that houses the brain and spinal cord so any tensions found within directly affect nerve, organ, and muscle functioning. Relaxing tissues along the head, neck, and back, allows decompression of bones which allows blood flow to brain and spinal cord, our command center. Past injuries/trauma to the body can be identified and focused on as specific areas for healing. (Jaylene only)
Acupressure/Jin Shin Do is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine similar to Acupuncture where the therapist holds pressure points with fingers vs. needles. It follows the meridian lines in the body that correlate with specific muscles, organs, and bodily systems. The motor neuron point in a muscle, when held, releases tension in the entire muscle like a key. Acupressure points are also found where several muscles connect or overlay. Interestingly, trigger point diagrams in western medicine correlate directly with acupressure diagrams found in eastern traditions. When tender points are identified and held, the release can have profound effects on all levels of health, well being, and homeostasis in the body. (Jaylene)
Moxa Therapy is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is an herb made from mugwort. Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupressure points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. (Jenna)
Asian Fire Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice that detoxifies the body by drawing the skin and superficial muscle into a heated cup. Cupping involves warming the air inside a glass cup and inverting it over a part of the body to treat various health conditions. (Jenna)