What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities).
People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
Types of massage therapy
While there are several types of massage, two fundamental categories are:
- Relaxation massage – also known as Swedish relaxation massage
- Rehabilitative massage – also known as deep tissue, medical, therapeutic or clinical massage
REVIVE offers the following types of massage therapy:
- Deep Tissue/Therapeutic
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Swedish Relaxation Massage
- Pre-Natal/Maternal Massage
- Sports Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Myofascial Cupping
Descriptions of all the types offered are further towards the bottom of the page.
The benefits of massage therapy
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain.
- Improving joint mobility.
- Improving circulation.
- Improving lymphatic drainage.
- Reducing muscular tension.
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. Our RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.
Here at REVIVE, we use our knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat our clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
- Anxiety and depression
- Back, leg, and neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
- Fractures and edema
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle tension and spasm
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Sports injuries
- Stress and stress-related conditions
- Asthma and Emphysema
- Cancer symptoms
- Chronic Fatigue syndrome
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
- Kyphosis and Scoliosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Palliative care
- Pregnancy and labor support
- Strains and sprains
Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more! Together,we can develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment. Your treatment begins after you’ve given your informed consent.
Summary of Therapies
Trigger Point Therapy
- Relieves a tight area within muscle tissue causing pain in other areas of body
- Uses cycles of isolated pressure and release
- Helps naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries
- Client is required to communicate with therapist during treatment
Swedish Relaxation Massage
- Light to medium pressure
- Promotes circulation and lymph movement
- Good for stress-related conditions and chronic pain
- Relieves headaches
- Alleviates backaches
- Enhances sleep
- Reduces fatigue
Hot Stone Massage
- Specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body
- The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly
Deep Tissue/Therapeutic Massage
- Releases muscle tension
- Provides deep pain relief
- Loosens scar tissue and lengthens muscles
- Good for chronic and overuse injuries
- Promotes flexibility to decrease risk of injury
- Improves endurance
- Reduces post-workout recovery time
- Offers balance to training regimen
- Deep tissue massage without any of the pain
- Pulling action of cup pulls stagnation out of tissues and brings it to the skin level
- The bodies circulatory and lymphatic systems take over and flush it out
- It is like acupuncture cupping only the cups are moved over the body