The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain and rehabilitate or augment physical function, or to relieve pain. Massage Therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. Hippocrates, known as the 'father of medicine', referenced massage in his writings in the 4th century B.C.
Massage Therapy refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body. All of the various techniques Registered Massage Therapists are trained to use benefit the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous and other systems of the body. In fact, Massage Therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client.
Massage Therapy Can Be Beneficial For:
- Relaxing the whole body
- Loosens and stretches tight muscles - Relieves joint pain and arthritis
- Diminishes chronic pain
- Increases flexibility and Range of Motion
- Calms the nervous system - Stress relief
- Relieves back, shoulder and neck pain/tension
- Pregnancy discomforts/Infant Massage
- Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
- Assists in recovery from surgery, injuries and illness
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces tension headaches and migraines
- Promotes restful sleep
Myofascial Release is a form of body work that can be used instead of or in addition to traditional Swedish massage techniques. It is a manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing adhesions between fascia, integument (skin), muscles and bones, with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structures of muscle and bone. Fascia is a seamless web of connective tissues that covers and connects the muscles, organs and skeletal structures in our body. Muscle and fascia are united forming the myofascial system.
Injuries, stress, trauma, inflammation and poor posture can cause restrictions to the fascia. Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction or tightness to fascia in one part of the body, with time can spread to other areas of the body like a pull in a sweater. The main goal of myofascial release is to release fascial restrictions/adhesions and restore its tissue health. Myofascial release is performed by the therapist applying pressure to an area of restriction (usually performed without any oil/lubricant) until the fascia begins to soften and release. There may be a slight increase in perception of pain for several hours after the treatment, in conjunction with remarkable improvements in the tissues.
Reiki is a Japanese energy technique that is used to promote healing. The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago, but was re-discovered in the mid 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words- Rei and Ki.
Rei means 'Universal'. Rei is a subtle wisdom that permeates everything, both animate and inanimate. This subtle wisdom guides the evolution of all creation ranging from the unfolding of galaxies to the development of life. On a human level, it is available to help us in times of need and to act as a source of guidance in our lives. Because of its infinite nature, it is ALL knowing.
Ki is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive, including plants, animals and humans. When a persons’ Ki is high, they feel strong, confident and ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges. When Ki is low, a person will feel weak and is more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breathe, from the nutritious foods we eat, from sunshine and from sleep. It is also possible to increase your Ki energy by using breathing exercises and meditation. Ki is also the Chi of China, the Prana of Indian, the Ti or Ki of the Hawaiians and has also been called the Bioplasma and the Life Force Energy.
Reiki is both powerful and gentle. In its long history of use, Reiki has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury. A treatment of Reiki feels like a wonderful glowing radiance and has many benefits for both the client and the practitioner.
Copyright © 2018 Enlighten Massage Therapy - All Rights Reserved