Types of massage offered at Hope In Hands:
Of all the types of massage, called modalities, people most commonly seek out Deep Tissue work. Slow strokes and intense pressure help relieve chronic tension, pain, and restricted movement.
Deep Tissue work begins with long strokes applied to muscles that are closer to the surface of the skin, called superficial muscles. These strokes increase blood flow and prepare the body for more pressure. As the pressure increases, painful myofascial trigger points, called "knots," are released. And release allows the skeletal muscles to relax.
Therapeutic Relaxation massage, or Swedish massage, offers full-body relaxation. This modality is especially ideal if you're recovering from an injury. Overall, it's an excellent way to relieve stress, tension, and work the soreness out of your muscles.
If you’re having a hard time relaxing but aren’t looking for deeper work, you'll benefit greatly from this modality. Based on your level of comfort, the pressure applied during a TR massage can vary from light to very firm.
Neuromuscular & Trigger Point Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy, or NMT, is targeted deep tissue work. It's a more precise treatment of the soft tissues that focuses on the potential causes of pain. For example, to treat pain in the shoulder, the entire shoulder girdle, as well as muscles in the torso and the neck, are treated. This is to ensure the overall mobility of the shoulder blade.
Trigger Point Therapy is used in NMT to help reduce pain. TPT begins with isolating irritable areas in the fascia, the body's connective tissue, and applying very firm pressure. Pressure is followed by comforting effleurage strokes until the trigger points release. Myofascial trigger points, or “knots”, can be stubborn, so multiple sessions may be necessary to meet your therapeutic goal.
Myofascial Release, or MFR, helps relieve discomfort and pain associated with short and tight skeletal muscles and connective tissues. Short, tight muscles and tissues restrict motion and pull the body out of alignment. Over time, this can lead to overcompensation, or the favoring of one side, limb, or position over others.
MFR encourages blood flow and restores symmetry by stretching and loosening the fascia. Loosening allows the surrounding structures to start to move freely. Of all the types of massage offered at Hope in Hands, MFR is used specifically in addition to other treatments to prepare clients for deeper work.