Whether you're a weekend
warrior or professional
athlete, you deserve a
sports massage. Designed
for all types of athletes, a
sports massage can help
you to optimize performance
or recover from a previous
sports injury. This
combination of Swedish
massage and pressure
point work stimulates blood
circulation to the area and
promotes better movement
in the areas being massaged.
It may include stretching the limbs and compression
strokes to improve circulation and to flush out toxins
that build-up from vigorous exertion.
Sports massage has many benefits. In addition to
FEELING GOOD, sports massage reduces the heart rate
and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph
flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and
relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle
groups in a different way. At Touch of Class we tailor your
massage to meet your specific needs.
In practice, Myofascial Release is a gentle therapy, consisting of a mixture of light stretching
and massage work. During a session, the therapist will
apply hands-on massage strokes in order to release
tension from the fibrous bands of the muscles, bones, nerves and joints, by unblocking any scar tissue or adhesions due to injury in the muscles and surrounding tissues.
The therapist will often use light to moderate traction
and twisting strokes to apply the appropriate tension on the soft tissue, and to achieve a full reflex range of the muscle. This slow and subtle technique can
be used to unblock fascia and muscle throughout the body restoring total physical harmony.
Myofascial release is a safe therapy that can be used as a preventative method or to promote the healing of an injured, stiff or painful muscle. However, this therapy has also been affective in treating patients
with sloppy posture, chronic fatigue, severe tension and anxiety, as well as repetitive stress injuries of the muscular-skeletal system.
Myofascial release therapy is applied hands-on, in kneading-style strokes that are meant to stretch, loosen, soften and lengthen muscle tissues.
The strokes are applied with gentle pressure, and held for 2 to 5 minutes in order for the stretch to have its full effect on the muscle. Typically
the same stretch is performed more than once bythe therapist until the muscle is totally relaxed and a release is felt. The therapist will always apply
massage in the direction of the muscle fibers.
A typical Myofascial Release massage lasts an hour, and afterwards clients often rave about the total release of body tension they experience.
This is why the treatment is often recommended to soothe a plethora of pain-associated conditions including migraine headaches,menstrual cramps,
menopause-related pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, whiplash and muscle spasms.