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Therapeutic Massage Therapies

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Types of Therapy Offered


Swedish massage refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The lymph system and veins both rely on muscle action, rather than heart pump pressure, to operate. Swedish massage can relax muscles, increase circulation, remove metabolic waste products, help the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness, a better awareness of the body, and the way they use and position it. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish Massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit. One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to speed venous return from the extremities. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time reduce emotional and physical stress; it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management. It also has specific clinical uses in medical or remedial therapy.

Deep Tissue Massage

Releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow, deep specific or full-body pressure techniques on contracted areas. They can either follow or go across the grain of the muscles, tendons, and fascia. Deep tissue improves areas of strains, sprains, fibrosis, spasms, and scar tissues and relaxes tight muscles. Helps muscles improve and stay flexible, helps improve flexibility.


Myofascial release is used to evaluate and treat restrictions in the body's contractile connective tissues (muscles) and non-contractile supportive connective tissues (fascia) by the application of gentle traction, pressures, and positioning. Fascia is a complex supportive web throughout the body affecting all components of the musculoskeletal, nervous and visceral (organ) systems. It surrounds groups of muscle fibers and entire muscle groups and organs. While it is not contractile, it can be passively elastically deformed. That is how it retains tensions from physical and emotional traumas. It is also involved when a person suffers from chronic pain or physical dysfunction. Chronically tense muscles restrict blood flow and fatigue the body. Both fascia and muscle tissues can become shortened if they are improperly used. Myofascial release techniques are used to coax muscles in spasm to relax and break adhesions in the fascia. Bodies respond to these therapies by releasing tension that has been stored in the fascia, thus allowing more functional flexibility and mobility of the muscles, fascia and associated structures.

On-Site/Chair Massage

On-site or chair massage is naming for a short massage of a client sitting in a special portable massage chair. The client remains fully clothed, and no oils are used while their shoulders, neck, upper back, hands, feet, head, and arms are massaged. On-site is popular at some offices, as an employee benefit and for some conferences, workshops and certain social events.

Pre and Post Athletic Event Massage

PRE-EVENT massage is given as an adjunct, not a substitute to the actual physical warm-up. It helps to increase circulation, reduce muscle tension and aid in flexibility.

POST-EVENT massage promotes reduced muscle tension, prevents soreness by aiding the body's recovery process, and relieves possible swelling. The length of recuperation time can be reduced.

Craniosacral Therapy

The CranioSacral System consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area.

Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.

Because of its positive effect on so many body functions, CranioSacral Therapy is practiced today by a wide variety of healthcare professionals. They include medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of oriental medicine, naturopathic physicians, nurses, psychiatric specialists, psychologists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professional bodyworkers.

How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?

The CranioSacral Therapy practitioner uses a light touch - generally no more than the weight of a nickel - to test for restrictions in the CranioSacral System. This is done by monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it flows through the system, with the client fully-clothed.

While experienced clinicians can detect motion anywhere on your body, they can most easily feel it at the skull, sacrum, and coccyx. These bones attach to the membranes that enclose the cerebrospinal fluid.

The positive effects of CranioSacral Therapy rely to a large extent on your body's natural self-corrective activities. The therapist's light hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the craniosacral system to improve your body's internal environment - and straighten its ability to heal itself.

What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy Address?

CranioSacral Therapy strengthens your body's ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain, and dysfunction, including:

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Motor-coordination Impairments
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • And many other Conditions

(The Upledger Institute, Inc.)

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a soft tissue modality that relieves pain from ischemic muscles (spasming or oxygen-deprived muscles), nerve entrapment, postural distortions, and trigger points. Using a variety of techniques including cross fiber and compression, a balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system is achieved. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles, and movement and releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer. Muscle Energy Techniques are noninvasive, precise body movement positions that use the muscles contracting and releasing the ability to correct neuromuscular, joint, and postural difficulties.

Muscle Energy Techniques

Muscle Energy Techniques are noninvasive, precise body movement positions that use the muscles contracting and releasing the ability to correct neuromuscular, joint, and postural difficulties

Active Isolated Stretching

Active Isolated Stretching [AIS] uses the contracting muscles opposite to the muscles to be lengthened as the movement force that creates a stretch reflex. Precise body positioning isolates specific muscles to be stretched.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is an interactive manipulation of the body using passive stretching and gentle pressure along energy lines. The effect is uniquely relaxing as well as energizing. Receiving a Thai massage is a bit like doing yoga without putting forth any effort.


Lypossage is a natural, noninvasive approach to body contouring that helps rid the body of cellulite, tones muscles and lifts, and firms sagging tissue. Lypossage is a treatment that combines a blend of massage modalities, including lymphatic drainage, deep tissue release, and myofascial techniques.

For more information, please visit the website, www.lypossage.net

Raindrop Therapy

Raindrop Therapy is the use of certain essential oils, massaged into the spinal muscles, to stimulate the immune system and promote healing. These oils have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, which are absorbed through the skin into the lymphatic system.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage: a specific protocol using Swedish massage for pregnant women. Pregnancy massage relieves strained muscles and helps create a very relaxed state for the mom-to-be. It has been used to naturally lower blood pressure during pregnancy and to help promote an easier time at birth.

Joint Mobilization

Joint Mobilization is used to break upholding patterns and increase range of motion by the use of passive stretching and gentle tractions.

Frederick, Maryland massage and muscle therapy includes myofascial, craniosacral, neuromuscular treatments and lymph drainage.