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Specialized Massage Therapy Techniques

Generally speaking, a massage is a very relaxing treatment involving hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.  However, massage is much more than this.  There are many specialized techniques within the practice that address a variety of conditions.

Complicated Shoulder Conditions and Pelvic Stabilizations– this technique treats conditions of the shoulder, such as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, adhesive capsulitis / frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement, and sprains/strains.  The pelvis forms the centre of the body.  Asymmetries here can lead to pain not only directly in the hips, but can travel up into the low back, neck or shoulders, or travel down into the knees or ankles.  Stabilizing the pelvis can augment results of any medically necessary massage.

Cupping Massage  – cupping is an ancient technique that is used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors for a variety of reasons.  Most massage techniques apply a downward pressure on muscles.  In contrast, cupping lifts muscles and soft tissue up thus creating a more profound release.  This is a deeply relaxing therapy appropriate for those who love massage with moderate to deep pressure.  Cupping is an excellent treatment choice for chronic tension of the neck, shoulders or low back.  In addition it enhances recovery times for chronic repetitive strain injuries such as tendinitis, bursitis, IT band contracture, plantar fasciitis / heel spurs, etc.

Hot Stones Massage – hot stone massage is a premium massage service that uses warmed stones as an extension of the therapist’s hands.  The stones deliver a deeply penetrating heat to the client’s muscles, thus enhancing the therapeutic benefits of the massage.  Hot stone massage has become a very popular treatment modality due to its supremely relaxing nature.

All of these techniques are offered by Rebecca Henry, at Active Body Clinic.  Call us for more information or to book an appointment.

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One Comment

  1. Sophia Martin
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for explaining what the different kind of massages there were, next time I visit a spa in Ottawa, I’ll be sure to keep these techniques in mind.

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