Massage Techniques

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Myofascial Release

  The most common and most asked about technique. Slow hand strokes that help restricted tissue. This is a great technique with not alot of pressure that has significant results. Deep tissue work isn't always needed. A combination of massage strokes and stretching during a session has better overall outcome. ( In my opinion ).

Myofascial releaseis an alternative medicine therapy that  treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. 

Myofascial Releaseis a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in "trigger points," which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascial tissue.  Because of the limitations that fascial restrictions place on the contractile elements of muscle, muscle strength is inhibited by approximately one third of its normal strength in the presence of fascial restrictions. So fascial restrictions not only affect flexibility, but also limit a horse's inherent strength and stability. Muscles will fatigue more quickly because they will have to overcome the enormous tensile strength of a fascial restriction. Muscle and tendon strain is then likely to occur where there is fascial restriction.  the fascial system is composed of elastin and collagen fibers that are embedded in a gel-like matrix. This elastocollagenous complex is normally relaxed and wavy. Restricted fascia becomes like taught bands embedded in a solidified, dehydrated gel matrix. Restricted fascia loses its ability to glide and therefore affects the ability of tendons to glide smoothly at their junctions. So, tendon injuries can result from the inherent weakness and limited tendon glide caused by fascial restrictions. Whenever there is inherent weakness in a limb, the ligamentous structures are also commonly affected.    

Myofascial Releaseis a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Theoretically, myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in "trigger points," which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascial tissue. 

During myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements, which contributes to widespread muscle pain.

The focused manual pressure and stretching used in myofascial release therapy loosen up restricted movement, leading indirectly to reduce pain.

Effleurage

  

Effleurage

Effleurage is a series of massage strokes used in Swedish massage to warm up the muscles or cool down after a session.

This type of massage is used to improve circulation. It also has a very soothing effect, and helps relax muscles. 

Petrissage

  

Petrissage are massage movements with applied pressure which are deep and compress the underlying muscles. Kneading, wringing, skin rolling and pick-up-and-squeeze are the petrissage movements.

The benefits of petrissage movements can include: stimulating the skin (including vascular and lymphatic responses, cellular functions, and regeneration and texture of the skin) improving muscle tone. Improving the elimination of waste products from tissues.

Cross Fiber Friction

  

Cross-fiber friction is friction that goes against the direction of the muscle fibers; it is used often in Sports Massage. The benefits of friction are to address a joint, to reduce swelling, to bring blood to the areas of dry, stringy muscles and to rub soreness away.

I created this page to help people understand how techniques are used and the benefits of each technique.