Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Therapeutic massage can be an important adjunct to many musculoskeletal issues due to the common involvement of shortened soft tissue in musculoskeletal dysfunction. Literature supports the use of massage therapy to improve circulation and minimize scar tissue.
LiveWell's Registered Massage Therapists provide each client with individualized therapy based on clients needs and desires. There are several different types of registered massage therapy available.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone massage therapy is an age old treatment with addition of heat for a modern twist. Water-heated, smooth stones are placed strategically on key points of the body, with or without pressure for the ultimate relaxation and pain relief. This treatment helps relieve tension, ease muscle stiffness, and increases circulation by targeting the deeper layers of muscle through the use of heated stones. It can be combined with a regular massage therapy session for improving muscle/tissue pliability. This service is available in 60 minute or 90 minute sessions.
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient wears, loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat on the floor. There is constant contact between the giver and reliever, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched, and rocked. During a Thai Massage, the receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures. This therapy is performed over the entire body including the hands, feet, and scalp. This type of massage is perfect for someone who feels tense, tight, or lacking mobility/agility. Thai Massages are booked in 60 minute or 90 minute sessions.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is used to address chronic pain and injury. A favorite among athletes and the people who treat them, a deep tissue massage helps release resistant knots to create a better range of motion for joints and muscles. It focuses on damaged tissue with its deep precise massage techniques it uses appropriate presses to promote the healing of scar tissue as well as relief from the pain of soft tissue injures, chronic conditions, stress, and tension. Deep Tissue Massage is offered in 30, 60, or 90 minute sessions.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a type of massage used to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back to the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses light pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic, circular motions to stimulate lymph flow. This type of massage can be very useful in managing/minimizing swelling associated with fractures, surgeries, radiation treatment, poor circulation, and lymphadema. Lymphatic drainage is very gentle and does not have a stimulating effect. This type of massage is booked in 30 or 60 minute sessions and is most effective when performed several times over 2-4 weeks.
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