Therapeutic massage focuses on the assessment and treatment of the structures of the entire body including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia via manual application. The goals of therapeutic massage are to help the body heal and to prevent and treat injury. This form of massage therapy typically focuses on a particular area of concern.
The effects of therapeutic massage include but are not limited to relaxation, improved muscle tone, circulation, respiration and nerve transmission. It can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions and has been very successful in the treatment of many individuals. All forms of massage therapy offered at Active Approach Health & Wellness Centre with the exception of LaStone ® Therapy fall into the category of therapeutic massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage aims at treating the deeper structures of the body including muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. The treatment is typically more intense and usually focuses on a specific area of the body. The therapist uses more pressure and the massage consists of slow, deep movements that can go against the muscle fibers or with them. The massage releases toxins and increases blood circulation while breaking down scar tissue and adhesions.
The female body goes through many changes during the course of a pregnancy. There are new stresses placed on the body, postural shifting as well as many emotional changes. Pregnancy massage is designed to help relieve some of the stress and pain due to pregnancy. It can be very helpful in reducing emotional stress as well as relieving muscle tension and stress on joints. The massage helps to increase blood and lymph circulation therefore reducing edema and blood pressure as well as decrease of the risk of varicose veins. Pregnancy massage also helps prepare the body for labour and the birth process.
Sports massage focuses on the treatment of athletes of all levels. The massage can be preformed before, during or after athletic events. The goal of sports massage is to help an athlete keep his or her muscles functioning optimally so that the athlete can achieve peak performance. The massage can also help in the treatment of injuries sustained during an athletic activity. This therapy is known to help increase flexibility and decrease scar tissue therefore decreasing the risk of injury. Sports massage is also useful in decreasing swelling, inflammation, tension, stress, and fatigue.