The following techniques may be used in all massages and are not limited to one particular form of treatment.
Most common Techniques used:
Myofascial Release – probably the most common form of massage therapy treatment which aims at stretching out and releasing muscle fibres to stop the “bunched” or “knotty” feel that sometimes become prominent in the belly or ends of muscles.
Myotension technique – a gentle form of massage that incorporates some passive stretching and work through range of motion in order to restore normal length and function of motion of muscles.
Muscle Energy Technique – works with the client through a range of gentle stretching and resisted movements to restore the normal range of motion of muscles.
Trigger Point Therapy - works over those “bunched” areas of muscle fibre to increase blood flow and flush out the waste that has pooled in tired and tense muscles.
Cupping – Most of our massage therapists practice the “western” version of vacuum cupping. Cupping may consist of stationary or sliding cupping in order to draw up and loosen off tight musculature and fascia.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage - A very powerful, but gentle technique that stimulates the lymphatic system. This technique can be used for most types of swelling (including bruising following sporting or contact injuries), lymphodeama and fluid retention problems. Not all therapists specialize in this technique, so please let us know at the time of booking if you require this treatment.
Dry Needling - Very fine (filament) needles are inserted into the skin and trigger points in muscles. This stimulates a twitch response and then a release in the muscle fibres followed by massage to lengthen the tissue. The dry needling process may also replicate symptoms in terms of referred pain/altered sensation.
Please note that the above techniques are not an exhaustive list and your therapist may use additional techniques during your treatment if appropriate.