From deep tissue to assisted stretching, the art of massage therapy can create movement and healing on its own or in conjunction with other Holístico therapies.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
“Deep tissue massage is the modality most requested at my practice,” says Bonfilo. This technique is effective in treating chronic muscular pain and facilitating injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue work also reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
According to the University Of Maryland Medical Center, one study found that deep tissue massage reduced blood pressure levels (an average reduction of 10.4 mm Hg in systolic pressure and a diastolic pressure reduction of 5.3 mm Hg).
What are the benefits of a Swedish massage?
Swedish massage, sometimes known as “traditional massage” is designed primarily to stimulate circulation. This is a lighter touch technique than deep tissue or trigger point therapies.
The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury. In fact, a recent study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the effects of one session of Swedish massage therapy on the body’s hormonal response and immune function, and found that even a single session of Swedish massage therapy can have a positive effect on the immune system.
What does assisted stretching do?
When looking to increase your flexibility, this is a great way to start. Assisted stretching can be incorporated into any session or be its primary focus.
Assisted stretching combines passive stretching and isometric stretching to achieve maximum static flexibility. During passive stretching, the client assumes a position which is then held by the therapist. During isometric stretching, the patient is motionless while stretching with tensing of the stretched muscles against resistance.
Assisted stretching consists of three simple steps: stretch the muscle, contract it isometrically against resistance, and then stretch it again. This is a simple concept, yet highly effective. These steps apply whether you’re isolating one muscle at a time or stretching groups of muscles simultaneously.