Restorative Massage Forms and Techniques
Olivia is trained in a variety of massage techniques that focus on restoring functionality to your body and relaxation to your mind. She is experienced in Orthopedic, Sports, Deep Tissue, Swedish and Trigger Point Massage Therapy. Below you will find more information about each of these techniques and in which circumstances that they will best promote healing.
Orthopedic massage uses clinical assessments and treatment protocols to restore homeostatsis within the muscle-skeletal system. Orthopedic massage is a modality for a whole wellness approach to treatment to effect long term change within the body to live pain free and increase muscle performance. For people ready to commit to a wellness plan to recover from chronic pain or injury this is highly recommended. Orthopedic is an interactive treatment protocol that both the therapist and client must work together to effect the change.
Some of the treatments include:
- Frozen Shoulder/Rotator Cuff
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel - Wrist pain from repetitive stress
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - Numbness in fingers/hands/arm
Orthopedics combined with Sports Massage can be seen as an elite sports therapy as well. Orthopedic protocols can increase muscle function and performance.
For more information, read Olivia’s blog on “What is Orthopedic Massage.”
Sports Massage is designed to treat minor sports related injuries and ailments in order to improve the effectiveness of an athlete’s training. It’s common knowledge that sports training incorporates the building of muscle through tearing and growth. Sports massage is a powerful means for accelerating muscle restoration by increasing blood flow and nutrients to targeted muscle groups and assisting the body’s natural healing process.
Sports massage is often an extension of a training regimen and is best incorporated into a weekly routine in order to promote consistent muscle restoration.
Sports massage is effective for:
- Preventing Injury and Injury Recovery
- Increasing Flexibility
- Reducing Fatigue and Inflammation
- Improving Endurance
- Preventing Injuries
- Maximizing the performance of the body and mind
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. By using deep finger pressure and slow, strong strokes, deep tissue massage is able to access the deepest layers of of muscle tissue: the tendons and fascia.
Some of the benefits of deep tissue massage include:
- Realignment of deeper muscle tissue and facia
- Relieve Pain and Tension
- Increase Mobility
- Improve Posture
Deep Tissue massage relieves pain and tension on an immediate and short term basis. For long term results, see Orthopedic Massage.
For more information, read Olivia’s blog on “What is Deep Tissue Massage.”
When you are itching for a massage to relax and ease your mind, Swedish massage is exactly what you want. Swedish massage focuses on relaxing the body by improving blood circulation to the heart and increasing the oxygen levels throughout your body. A Swedish massage incorporates massage oil or cream and smooth, gliding strokes to warm up your muscle tissue, release tension, and break up muscle knots and other adhesions.
Some of the benefits of Swedish Massage include:
- Decreased stress and pain in the body
- Improved immune system
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased Flexibility
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy focuses on the release of tension around specific nerve centers found throughout your body. Feeling pain in one area of your body is often triggered by an injury in another area of your body, For example, if you experience pain in your neck this may be a referral pain created by tightened muscles in your lower back.
Trigger points are created when the fascia that covers your muscles, known as myofascia, becomes stressed from overuse or trauma. These trigger points limit muscle movement and lead to increased muscle stiffness and tenderness in other areas of your body.
Conditions where Trigger Point Therapy will benefit you:
- You experience points on your body that radiate discomfort
- These points create a twitch response to pressure
- You desire to heal a chronic injury, cramps or overused muscles