Therapeutic massage is deep tissue work that helps the body heal from trauma, injury, and overuse of muscles, tendons and ligaments. I use 4 techniques to address these issues and they are:
- Thumb Over Thumb: the thumbs are used in a short, fairly deep alternating stroke either against or with the grain of the tissue. This technique is used to find areas of pain and tenderness that may need therapeutic massage work.
- Ironing: the fingers, hands, knuckles, forearms, and elbows are used to make long, slow, deep strokes into the tissue. These techniques help warm the tissue up for cross fiber frictioning and myofacial trigger point therapy.
- Cross Fiber Frictioning: the fingers, thumbs, or elbows are used to slowly and deeply sweep across the grain of muscle, tendon, or ligament fibers. These techniques break up scar tissue, broaden fibers, increase circulation, increase range of motion, and decrease pain and tenderness ultimately helping the body heal itself.
- Myofacial Trigger Point (TrP) Therapy: TrP’s are muscle knots that can refer pain and discomfort to other areas of the body. With these techniques, the fingers, thumbs, or elbows are used to apply sustained and alternating short pulses of pressure to the TrP until it releases. If left untreated long enough, TrP’s can cause damage in associated muscles and tendons, so cross fiber frictioning is used in conjunction with TrP therapy. TrP’s are frustrating because most people don’t realize their pain is coming from another area of their body. Often people will request work in the area where they are feeling pain, and this work usually feels good to them; however, it will not solve the problem. As a result, I may ask to work in areas you don't think are problematic to make sure you receive the help you need.