Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment. In this treatment, the skin is scraped to produce light petechiae. The goal with Gua sha is to releases unhealthy bodily matter from stagnant blood within sore, tired, or injured muscles. As a result of the cellular micro-truama, the body sends new, oxygen rich blood flow to the areas, thus promoting…

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Our sports massage offers athletes an opportunity to recuperate and rejuvenate after a demanding competition or workout. It also enhances preparation and performance. Sports massage therapy is the application of common massage techniques, hydrotherapy, range of motion protocols, and strength-training elements to help an athlete reach predetermined goals.The specific regimen and technique is unique to…

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NMT considers perpetuating factors that may be associated with the client’s complaints. For example, when a client presents with shoulder pain, the upper extremity protocol will be used as the primary examination. In addition to the muscles directly crossing the shoulder joint, muscles that attach the shoulder girdle to the torso would be included along…

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**Active Release Technique / ART The conditions that active release is used to help treat naturally are those that affect the fascia or connective tissue, major muscle groups, tendons, and ligaments. Most are the result of pulls, strains, overused muscles, tears and inflammation. The purpose of active release technique is to restore normal mobility. Lower…

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While most of the United States was first introduced to cupping at the Olympics, via Michael Phelps back, cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy used to treat illnesses and imbalances for over 2,000 years. It can be found in many cultures all around the world and used in many different way. Originally, the “cups” were…

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A therapeutic technique using pressure to isolate and release tension in tight muscle tissues to relieve specific referral pains. A form of soft tissue (fascia) is prevalent inside the body; it covers and protects major organs, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. The myofascia – soft tissue covering the muscles – can become stressed from overuse…

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Teens and Student Athletes need a massage too, between the juggling of school, activities, chores, acne, peer-pressures, social media, and a hundred or so other stressors. Not to mention the ever changing state of their bodies! Studies have shown the benefits massage provides for kids and young adults, such as the reduction of stress and…

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A common massage technique that focuses on applying pressure to loosen tough membranes and increase mobility. Myofascial Release is a massage therapy used to combat chronic myofascial pain. Unlike sporadic muscle soreness, myofascial pain is a syndrome causing constant pain to be sent throughout the body. Certain sensitive areas (trigger points) can be targeted in…

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There are some similarities between Swedish and Deep Tissue massage; but the real difference is the use of pressure, and how the therapist manipulates the tissue(s). Deeper bodywork is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension by focusing on the fibers and layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding bones, joints and…

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This is a massage technique that promotes applying pressure to precise points on the feet, hands, and ears to alleviate pain throughout the body. Throughout history, reflexology has been practiced as a means to improve health by numerous cultures. Due to reflexology’s widespread use around the world, tracking its origin and complete history has been…

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