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Please keep in mind that every client, therapist and massage session will be different and so what we have written here may or may not be applicable every time you have your massage – this is just a basic outline. The treatments at MSM will be tailored to you, with the greatest care and considerations.
Relaxation Massage aka Swedish Massage, is a whole body, hands-on, treatment that uses light pressure, stroking & rubbing on your skin to help you relax.
The main focus of a relaxation massage is to de-stress, calm and relax the mind & body. Aids with your mental and emotional health, as it calms the mind and settles the nervous system.
Relaxation massage provides a general loosen up, encourages blood flow throughout the body, and helps boost the immune system by stimulating the lymphatics.
Deep Tissue Massage
Is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues.
Bioelectric Sports Massage
Bioelectric Sports Massage (BSM) – BSM uses electrical energy manually in the hands of the therapist, to stimulate electrons along the body’s neural pathways, to improve blood circulation, provide pain relief and relaxation in a wide range of conditions.
BSM incorporates electrical energy with systemic methods of manipulating soft tissues, from effleurage, kneading, compression, rhythmic percussive movements, friction techniques and sometimes joint mobilization or stretching is added to improve range of motion.
BSM goals is to maintain the health of the one who trains, competes or plays sport, or just for recreation, like the weekend warriors. It is known to enhance athletic performance, recovery and facilitate healing after injury.
Gua Sha (Scrapping)
Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.
In Gua Sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The therapist applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.
Gua Sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
Gua Sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Your therapist may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.
Is a complementary therapy which aims to treat muscles that are damaged, knotted, tense or immobile. Focusing on parts of the body that requires rehabilitation. It is designed to balance muscle, tension and tone, which in turn will promote the return to normal position; increase the flow of blood & lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury.
Is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.
Involves a wide range of techniques that includes effleurage, kneading, wringing, hacking and trigger pointing, all directed towards any problem areas.
Trigger-Point Therapy – includes specific manipulations to the muscles, fascia and connective tissues, to alleviate pains caused by knotted muscles.
The trigger point is identified by careful palpation of the muscle from its origin to its insertion. Looking and feeling for tight bands or nodules and may apply pressure to the tender points to see if these areas elicit pain.
Cupping is an ancient healing therapy that is used to help ease pain. Cupping is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Middle Eastern medicine
A therapist places cups on your back, stomach, arms, legs or other parts of your body. Inside the cup a vacuum or suction force pulls the skin upwards.
Cupping is used to treat pain, ease scar tissue deep within muscles and connective tissues, and reduce swelling and muscle knots. Also, like many complimentary treatments, cupping aids to minimise circulating toxins by drawing them into the skin surface, where they are more easily removed. According to TCM, cupping improves the flow of Qi (your vital life force) and can help treat colds, bronchitis and even pneumonia.