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  • is a gentle, non invasive, holistic health-promoting art
    that assists the body and mind into a state of
    deep relaxation and feeling of wellbeing
  • relaxes muscles
    by increasing blood circulation to the tissues
    thereby releasing toxins (knots) and spasm (tightness)
  • gives the receiver a sense of body awareness and wholeness
  • through deep relaxation can help reduce mental stress and fatigue
  • can ease the pain of muscle aches from overuse, strain,
    fibromyalgia, arthritis, tension headaches and stress.

Refers to a holistic style of massage that is free-flowing,
intuitively based and unique to each body.

Long, sweeping strokes towards the heart are combined with gentle stretches that assist
the body to open, creating space and encouraging muscle relaxation.

Specific muscle tensions can be released with focused deeper work
incorporated into the massage.

The goal for Swedish/Relaxation wellness massage however is overall deep relaxation,
body awareness and feeling of being a whole,
complete body from head to toe.

Trigger Point Massage

Trigger points (T.P) are areas found on muscle tissue that contain
a build up of waste products that excite the spinal cord and cause referred pain.
Often felt as 'knots', these waste products interfere with
circulation of blood and oxygen through the muscle and also may restrict muscle movement.

Pioneered by Janet Travell MD in the 1970's-her team found that
these specific T.P's in muscles create a specific refereed pattern of pain,
to an area distant from the actual point.

How do Trigger Points develop?
  • muscle injury
  • over use
  • stress, chronic and acute
  • poor nutrition
  • postural distortions
  • hormonal imbalances
Incorporating deep tissueTrigger Point work with massage helps bring blood
circulation to the muscle, releases the muscle and removes the waste products
that have developed over time.

For some bodies it will take several massage sessions to decrease
the pain and tight muscles, for some, instant relief will be noted.
Each body is unique.

Massage can help create an awareness of how your body is used during the day
and how emotions and stress affect the body. This awareness and release of
tension can bring on a feeling of rest, peace and relief.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Massage addresses the quality of muscle
and fascia through the body. Fascia lies under the skin, covering the entire
body structure, including organs. Fascia essentially gives our body shape.
When there is tension in the body, the fascial system can become overloaded,
creating pulls and restrictions that affect the entire system.
Through myofascial massage, restrictions are released, structure restored.
This release contributes to relief of pain, easier movement and less tension.

For severe long-standing restrictions myofascial massage is most effective
when used in conjunction with chiropractic and physical therapy.

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