Massage Therapy St Louis MO
Massage Therapy St Louis, MO
6614 Clayton Rd #342
St Louis, MO 63117
Various massage modalities are used to describe an approach, method or system of massage technique. We will explain some of the more widely used modalities to help you better understand what these terms mean and what you should expect when asking for a specific modality of treatment.
Our philosophy and approach is treatment based rather than modality based. Relaxation and Therapeutic massage are used according to your needs. We believe there is no single approach or modality that has all the answers. Each client has different and often multiple issues that require the use of approaches and techniques from more than one modality and we focus on the treatment each client needs, not on fitting a modality to a client.
Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork addresses specific problems such as functional restrictions resulting in pain, headaches and lack of joint mobility resulting from muscle and myofascial (connective tissue) imbalance. Pain and restriction can be a result of imbalance in posture. These issues are often caused by a repetitive strain injury or symptoms left over from a past traumatic injury that resulted in a holding pattern caused by a change in posture or gait. The primary objective is to relieve the pain or restrictions and allow the body to achieve structural balance and normalize muscle function and joint mobility
Therapeutic Massage can bring relief to repetitive strain injuries common to office work and amateur athletics and can restore mobility and balance in the neck, back, hips, shoulders, arms and feet as well as providing relief for headaches. Post surgical therapeutic massage can speed up your recovery and aid in normalization of movement affected by the surgery.
Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Integrating relaxation massage with a therapeutic session encourages parasympathetic mode which enhances structural balance work and the natural healing process.
Relaxation massage is simply massage applied to achieve relaxation. Most often this is considered to be Swedish massage applied with light to moderate pressure. Myofascial massage can also be applied in a relaxing manner and when integrated with Swedish can be even more relaxing than either received alone.
Classic Swedish massage consists of 5 strokes that are applied in various ways
Long gliding strokes, usually toward the heart
Rhythmic stroke that lifts the muscle and compresses it with the hand
Linear Friction, Cross Fiber Friction, Circular Friction. A heat producing (rubbing) stroke applied deep or superficial
A pulsating or oscillating stroke
Rapid rhythmic drumming stroke with various hand formations
Moving joints through range of motion in abduction, adduction, extension and flexion
Requires a Therapist who understands the layers of the body and has the ability to work with tissue in these layers to relax, lengthen and release holding patterns effectively and efficiently. It is properly applied at oblique angles with little or no use of oil or lotion
Deep Tissue & Myofascial Release
This approach is used by structural oriented practitioners to remove restrictions and balance the body. When used with good assessment it can be effective in reliving chronic pain and joint restrictions caused by repetitive strain injury, acute injury, post surgery, and postural imbalance.
Myofascial Release is an interactive tissue lengthening/balancing technique that requires feedback from the clients body to determine the direction, force and duration of the tissue stretch and to facilitate maximum relaxation of tight or restricted tissues. Myofascial Release recognizes that a muscle cannot be isolated from the other structures of the body
The therapist works with the client, not on the client, and waits for guidance from the client's body to determine where the restriction is and apply treatment to help achieve efficient movement patterns that their body can maintain.
When using Myofascial Release techniques, the therapist monitors tissue tightness by developing a kinesthetic link with the client through touch. Through this link, the therapist senses the client's inherent tissue movement, tissue tone and the more overt muscle tone allowing to be able to detect subtle restrictions to efficient movement and apply treatment to release the restrictions