Congratulations on your pregnancy! What an incredible journey. Receiving prenatal massage is a very special way to connect with your baby. Together you can find great relaxation and an increased sense of wellbeing. You will also enjoy immense relief from the aches and pains that often come with carrying your growing child.
We have therapists specially certified in prenatal, postpartum, labor assistance, and high risk pregnancy massage techniques. It is very important for us to keep you and baby safe and comfortable during your massage.
Swedish massage utilizes long flowing strokes as well as kneading, circular friction and other fluid movements. This helps to increase circulation while allowing for great relaxation. Increased circulation can heal muscle tissue and promotes detoxification.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue to very effectively address areas of chronic pain and muscle tension. It helps alleviate sore or stiff muscles, release adhesions (knots), loosen fascia (connective tissue), and can even break up scar tissue. Deep tissue massage does not have to also mean deep pressure. While deep pressure is very effective for some people, it is not necessary to have an effective deep tissue massage.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a “knot” in a muscle. It is a concentration of contracted muscle fibers that restricts blood flow and causes pain. The area of referral pain from a trigger point can be surprising. Oftentimes chronic pain that seems to have no known origin stems from a trigger point in a different area of the body. There are many techniques that help release these trigger points and relieve nagging pain.
Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds our muscles and allows each individual muscle to glide over one another and under our skin. When our fascia gets “stuck” the texture of this connective tissue is more of a gel rather than a liquid. Myofascial release is a slow, deep technique that stretches and warms the tissue. This helps stuck fascia return to a liquid state and therefore release these stuck areas that cause pain. This technique uses very little lotion or oil to allow for optimal grip.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's)
METS or muscle energy techniques help increase range of motion and provide the client with a deep stretch. This is accomplished by alternating intervals of assisted stretching, then having the client engage a muscle against the therapists counter pressure.