THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 2017-09-29T02:36:36+00:00

Neuro-Muscular Therapy / Therapeutic Massage

Neuro-Muscular Massage is a toolshed of therapeutic massage techniques that are used to alleviate muscle related pain/discomfort and improve the overall function of the muscles and nervous system. NMT is a very effective therapy for speeding up the recovery of all types of injuries, alleviating pain, and dysfunction, and for maximizing peak athletic performance. However, it can also be performed as preventative self-care for healthy lifestyle, graceful aging, and general well-being.

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Include:

• The release of tension and alleviation of discomfort in muscles and joints
• Stress reduction by increased para-sympathetic nervous system activity (counter-balancing the bodies flight-or-fight response caused by stressful stimuli)
• Increases circulation, helping flush out metabolic waste meanwhile helping deliver nutrients & oxygen back into over-taxed muscles
• Reduction in spasms, cramps, stiffness, swelling, inflammation, & soreness
• Faster, more efficient recovery from all types injuries (including surgery)
• Reduces restrictions imposed by scar tissue
• Increases range of motion, flexibility & helps improves posture
• Elevates mood (natural “feel-good” neurotransmitters & hormones, such as serotonin & dopamine are produced and released)
• Induces sound restorative sleep so the body can better repair
• Promotes peak athletic performance, improving strength, stamina, & endurance
• Supports immune function
• Stimulates digestion, encourages detoxification, & allows for deeper breathing
• Facilitates body awareness & re-establishes mind-body connection
• Enhances mental clarity, alertness & productivity

Some of the symptoms that can benefit greatly from NMT are whiplash, headaches, low back and/or hip pain, muscle spasms and numbness, sciatic disorder, restless leg syndrome, the after-effects of extensive dental work, problems associated with TMJ dysfunction (clenching, grinding, lockjaw, etc), repetitive motion injuries (frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpel tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome) scoliosis, plantar fasciitis, managing symptoms of neurological dysfunction, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s — and other ailments concerning muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and joints.

Each customized session starts with assessing the current state of your body and by deciding where to focus. We always warm the tissues we preparing to massage with warming massage strokes, and sometimes with warm towels or essential oils. As muscles begin to dis-armor themselves, we follow them inward, until we sense a barrier. We patiently allow for the tension to soften, unwind, and become more supple. This is where the therapeutic process begins and re-organization and transformation happen – layer by layer, pattern by pattern.

Neuro-Muscular (a.k.a Therapeutic or Medical) Massage Consists of Techniques Such As:

  • Myo-Fascial Release and Myo-Fascial Sculpting to create more slack in the connective tissues, restore fluidity and improved function in all the inter-related systems (such as the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic)
  • Cross-Fiber Friction for breaking up hardened or adhered muscles fibers/tendons and scar tissue
  • Manual Trigger Point Therapy to melt away grumpy knots and referral pains
  • Pin and Stretch (Acupressure) and other bodywork exercises that increase range of motion
  • Static Pressure and Deep Circular Compression (with or without the use of tools called T-bars)
  • Positional Holds for unwinding the nervous system, and opening the pathways for all systems to function properly

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