It's rare when a treatment consists of only one mode of massage. Mye takes several variables into consideration when deciding how best to treat you. Your health history, the condition of your tissues, your pain level and tolerances, your treatment objectives, and the response of your tissues determine the modalities chosen.
Brief synopses of the modalities we employ are listed below.
|Muscular Therapy - a system of bodywork developed by Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D. The strength of this particular mode of work lay in the client's active participation in healing. Clients discover increased self-awareness and a greater appreciation of their bodies. Our approach mirrors this philosophy.|
|Myofascial Therapy - a style of manual therapy that directly addresses the fascia (connective tissue) of the body. Injury, habit, posture, poor nutrition and improper hydration can cause restrictions in the fascial tissues of the body, which can result in pain and loss of movement. This therapy involves methodically stretching the fascia and releasing adhesions between fascia and other tissues (skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments) to increase range of motion and relieve pain.|
|Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) - the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points, trigger points, to relieve pain. The system also incorporates friction and stretching techniques to reset neuromuscular patterns.|
|Orthopedic Massage - a specialized form of therapy based on the work of James Henry Cyriax, M.D. This work involves the functional assessment of injury within the body's soft tissues (muscle, ligaments, tendons), frictioning to eliminate adhesions, and exercise programs to promote optimal healing.|
|Performance (Sports) Massage - a system of work developed specifically to help athletes perform at peak. Many techniques that work with the body's proprioceptors have evolved from this line of work. Techniques are applicable to athlete and non-athlete alike.|
|Problem Specific - treatments that focus on acute / chronic pain, often referred to as Deep Tissue Therapy. We prefer the term Problem Specific since productivity and depth do not necessarily coincide. During injury, the body often responds more positively to suggestion than it does to coercion. The aim is to aid the tissue in its recovery process and this often requires patience and a cautious touch. Deep work is available, of course, when overhall health of the body and superficial tissues allow it.|
|Swedish Massage - the most predominant mode of bodywork, often associated with relaxation / spa massage. It is a rhythmic, deeply relaxing combination of long strokes (effleurage), kneading (pettrissage), friction, vibration, percussion, and stretching techniques. It is used to warm tissues in preparation for deeper work and to promote relaxation.|