This is a general term covering a variety of disciplines for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes – Swedish, Shiatsu, trigger point, neuromuscular – with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures. Massage improves the function of the body’s connective tissues and/or muscles. Among conditions alleviated by massage are whiplash, low back and neck pain, and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. It involves the practice of kneading or otherwise manipulating muscles or other soft tissue with the intent of increasing circulation and detoxification, reducing physical and emotional stress and increasing general wellness.
Balancing Health’s Massage Practitioner is Angelika Browning. Please see her individual profile for information on scheduling appointments for massage.
Massage Services and Techniques:
Cranio-Sacral - is a technique for finding and correcting cerebral and spinal imbalances or blockages that may cause sensory, motor or intellectual dysfunction.
Craniosacral therapy assesses and enhances the functioning of the craniosacral system, which consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid of the central nervous system. Practitioners manipulate the bones of the skull in order to remove restrictions in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, relieving stress, decreasing pain, and enhancing the body’s overall health.
Deep Tissue - releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue, because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Effleurage - is a stroke generally used in a Swedish massage treatment. This smooth, gliding stroke is used to relax soft tissue and is applied using both hands.
Friction - is the deepest of Swedish massage strokes. This stroke encompasses deep, circular movements applied to soft tissue causing the underlying layers of tissue to rub against each other. The result causes an increase in blood flow to the massaged area.
Myofascial Release - is a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension.
On-site Massage (also known as chair massage or corporate massage) - is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.
Petrissage (also called kneading) - involves squeezing, rolling and kneading the muscles and usually follows effleurage during Swedish massage.
Reflexology - massage based around a system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond, or “reflex,” to all areas of the body.
Rosen Method - utilizes gentle touch and verbal communication to help clients to release suppressed emotions and subsequently muscular tension in some instances.
Shiatsu and Acupressure - Oriental-based systems of finger-pressure which treat special points along acupuncture “meridians” (the invisible channels of energy flow in the body).
Sports Massage - massage therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.
Swedish Massage - a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.
Tapotement - is executed with cupped hands, fingers or the edge of the hand with short, alternating taps to the client.
Trigger Point Therapy (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) - applies concentrated finger pressure to “trigger points” (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.