Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles, causing an uneven tightness and injuries to the myofascia - the thin layer of connective tissue covering all organs, muscles and fibers of the body.  When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia that surrounds them become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms.

Myofascial release is a stretching technique used to address a variety of soft tissue problems and muscle tension by releasing the uneven tightness. The myofascial stretch is guided by feedback from your body, telling me how much force to use, the direction of the best stretch, and how long to stretch each muscle.

Deep Tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, releasing the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas of the muscles, bones, and fascia  - the thin tissue covering all muscles, organs and fibers. 

When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues and  release toxins from muscles, enabling blood and oxygen to properly circulate. 

Neuromuscular massage is the use of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction.

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy can be used to address:
  • Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch
  • Trigger Points: Highly irritated points in muscles, referring pain to other areas
  • Nerve Compression: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage, or bone
  • Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the body from the longitudinal and horizontal planes
  • Biomechanical Dysfunction: Repetitive motion (keyboarding, golfing, swimming, lifting, etc.)

Sports massage helps with the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries occur because of overexertion and/or overuse, massage can soothe them quickly and effectively. Typically used before, during, and afterathletic events, massage helps prepare the athlete for peak performance, relieve swelling and fatigue, reduce muscle tension, and promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.

Swedish massage refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The lymph system and veins rely on muscle action, rather than heart pump pressure, to operate. One of the primary goals of Swedish massage is to speed venous return from the extremities.

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple.

Since this technique can help reduce emotional and physical stress, it is often recommended as part of a wellness plan for stress and pain management.