Types of Massage

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Getting a personal massage is an emotional experience. A person will end up feeling better, but those new to massage can have a lot of anxiety about what a massage experience.

Our goal at AMATR is to put all our clients at ease, answer their questions, and make their massage experience outstanding.

There are several types of massage techniques. Here’s a simple explanation of the techniques we offer:

Neuromuscular Therapy: Your massage therapist will analyze your posture, test several muscles, and see if you have what are called ‘trigger points.’ Neuromuscular therapy can also be referred to as trigger point myotherapy. Using pressure and stretching motions, your massage therapist will work on your sore muscles to increase the flood flow. This will allow the muscular tissues to relax, get more oxygen from the blood flow, and flush lactic acid from the tissue area. When the therapist discovers a trigger point, pressure is applied with the fingers or elbow for several seconds to relieve the muscle spasm.

Myofascial Release: Fascia is the connective tissue that covers all our muscles, nerves, and organs. Have you ever noticed when trimming chicken the almost clear, spiderweb-like tissue between the skin and the meat? That is the fascia.
When fascia is healthy, it can stretch and move easily. However, emotional and physical trauma, inflammation, tension, accidents, or scarring can cause the fascia to become tight, twisted, and rigid. This in turn will cause local pain, limited movement, and headaches.
With myofascial release, your massage therapist will focus on your painful connective tissues and use gentle massage techniques to stretch and re-work the fascia. Once relaxed, the fascia will allow locked muscles to also release.

Swedish Relaxation: Developed in the 1800’s by a Swedish gentleman named Pehr Ling, this is also known as classic massage. This is a flowing and relaxing massage using long strokes that glide along the muscles in the direction of the heart. You massage therapist will use both hands and palms to stretch, knead, bend and tap your muscles. Besides relaxation, you’ll benefit from increased oxygen flow, better flexibility, reduced tension, and a drop in the stress hormone cortisol. This is the best-known type of massage.

Sports Massage: The name says it all: many sports injuries are treated with this type of massage, as well as repetitive or aggressive movements. The muscle and tendon connections are targeted and will improve your range of motion. This massage technique can help repair injuries, prevent damage from happening, improve endurance, and enables your body to work at optimal performance. This deep-tissue massage also helps the lymphatic system remove toxins from the body.

Reflexology: Also known as zone therapy, reflexology is a pressure massage to the feet, hands, and ears. Practitioners believe that such pressure corresponds to the body’s organs and systems. This can relieve stress and pain in different areas of the body. The technique is gentle and is done to eliminate the blockage of energy fields within your body.

Seated Chair Massage: In this form of massage, you remain dressed and sit on a specially-designed chair, where your massage therapist works on your shoulders, neck, back, and arms. It is a shorter massage and is designed to reduce tension and relax your muscles.

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