Swedish Massage – A full-body massage utilising a combination of long, flowing strokes, kneading and tapping to provide a gentle and relaxing massage therapy treatment. Variants of this massage technique include a seated version.
Deep Tissue Massage – Utilises greater pressure to permeate deeper levels of tissues with the aim of relieving tension or pain. It can be considered uncomfortable by many and while some people enjoy the added pressure, it’s important to remember that it’s not necessary or required to experience benefits from a massage.
Trigger Point Therapy – This common therapy involves identifying regions in the body that are tender and addressing them through multiple massage techniques. While it would appear that this is an accepted theory, there is still question as to what these tender points really are. Their existence is not disputed, but an effective means of identifying them has yet to be found. Either way, massage treatment can have beneficial outcomes and many people find it helpful to include in their management plan.
Sports Massage – Can combine a combination of above massage techniques to achieve a performance-based goal such as promoting recovery, relieving discomfort and/or restoring or maintaining joint mobility.
When it comes to the physiological responses to massage and the mechanisms of action on the body, significant decreases in physiological markers of stress such as salivary cortisol and heart rate have been found across many studies. Increased blood pressure is correlated with the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight response) and has been shown in multiple studies to decrease after only a single massage treatment . Along with decreases in cortisol levels, increases in happy brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine have been shown to increase significantly.
Massage therapy also has an effect on the psychological side of a human being. After all, any interaction with our environment or those around us can have a positive effect. Among the things that contribute to the benefits of a massage include the positive expectations associated with massage therapy as well as the practitioner’s positive regard, caring manner and comfortable communication and interaction. These are considered as non-specific mechanisms of action when it comes to massage therapy, however this doesn’t mean they’re not important. As a matter of fact, we believe the happier you are with your massage and your therapists’ professionalism and competence, the greater the benefits will be!
Massage and exercise compliment each other in many ways and a Remedial Massage Therapist may be trained in both exercise prescription and corrective exercise. Here at KineticsCorrect, the combination of massage therapists and personal trainers means that we can develop holistic programs centred on your individual needs. Our personal trainers and massage therapists work very closely with our clients and their chosen Allied Health Professionals (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths etc.) to ensure that all our programs are working towards the collective goals of our clients in the most effective ways.