Information about our massage therapy practice in King Of Prussia, serving the greater Philadelphia area including the Main Line, West Chester, Phoenixville, Wayne, Blue Bell, Collegeville, Bryn Mawr, Malvern, Norristown, and beyond.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
Some Benefits Of Massage:
- Eases tension, stiffness, and pain
- Improves breathing
- Improves circulation
- Enhances well-being
- Reduce headaches
- Open sinuses
The Effects Of Massage:
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses.Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual-and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.
Deep Tissue or Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic massage can include trigger point therapy, sports massage, deep tissue, myofacial release, and other modalities of massage to therapeutically treat the client. The massage is custom tailored to each client’s body and main complaints to alleviate pain through the massage therapy.
The results and benefits of therapeutic 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 on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Relaxation massage is a gentle techniquethat uses smooth, gliding strokes. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist will probably move at a slower pace and use light pressure.
During a relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out knots in the muscle tissue, and sometimes people even fall asleep during a relaxation massage.
There are many substantial benefits to a relaxation massage, including calming the nervous system, promoting a sense of well-being, improving blood circulation and stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, which carries away waste products.
Prenatal (Pregnancy) Massage
Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. It is a fast-growing field in the United States that has attracted the interest of labor and delivery nurses, nurse-midwives, childbirth educators and obstetricians. Massage therapy enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.
The popularity of prenatal massage is the result of a trend toward a higher level of wellness, especially during pregnancy. Many women are postponing childbirth until they have achieved other goals, such as careers and relationships. Because of this, pregnancy is anticipated and enjoyed to its fullest for the wondrous experience it is. Today’s pregnant women – along with other health care consumers – are looking for alternative approaches to support traditional health services.
Shiatsu, which literally means finger pressure, is derived from an ancient form of holistic Chinese medicine that combines massage and acupressure and has been in existence for more than 2,000 years. Shiatsu helps maintain and restore health by improving the flow of energy along the meridians. Meridians can best be understood as pathways for the circulation of Qi, or subtle energy, which exists in everyone.
The central concept in Oriental medicine is that all physical problems are a result of obstructions in the flow of Qi. Shiatsu uses techniques such as stretching, rocking, holding and various degrees of pressure using thumbs, palms, elbows or knees to release these obstructions. Shiatsu is done on a futon mat on the floor and the client is fully dressed at all times. No oils are used and client must wear loose fitting clothing and fresh clean socks.
Shiatsu massage, therefore, combines the knowledge of massage, which people have used for centuries to heal their aches and pains, with energy pathways that are interconnected and provides a holistic tableau for addressing mind, body, and spirit.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used for pain relief, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. Techniques include manual massage for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, muscles, and bones are applied. The fascia is manipulated, directly or indirectly, supposedly to allow the connective tissue fibers to reorganize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion.