Sports massage focuses on alleviating pain occurring within the body which can arise from too much physical activity. This form of massage was originally developed to provide athletes with a way to prevent and relieve injuries. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, delayed onset of muscle soreness typically begins 12 to 24 hours. It may produce the greatest pain between 24 and 72 hours after the exercise has been performed. Sports massage prevents onset of muscle soreness by reducing muscle spasms, revitalizing blood and lymphatic flow, while helping release endorphins throughout the body. Endorphins are a naturally occurring neurotransmitter released by our brain within the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus to reduce pain. Now both athletes and non-athletes can gain benefits from receiving this form of massage to alleviate muscle and ligamentous strains.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches, pains, and contracted areas: such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper. It is concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, unlike Asian massage which focus on energy work on “meridiens” or sen lines. Swedish massage promotes relaxation through releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhesions built up from daily stress and lifestyle.
Our therapists have their own style and techniques. If you only have 60 minutes, you may inform our therapists to spend more time on a certain area. If the pressure is too light or too firm, you should speak up and ask the therapist to adjust it. A 90-minutes session is recommended to give the therapist enough time to work the muscle tissue and achieve results.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point, or problem area, is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles, thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.