Current Modalities in practice
Trigger Point Therapy
A myofascial (myo meaning muscle and fascial relating to the fascia) trigger point, or commonly known as a muscular “knot”, is a hypersensitive area of the body. Trigger points can cause local pain (sharp, achy, dull, et cetera) as well as pain that moves to other areas (referred pain). By palpating and feeling the muscular restrictions and nodules in the muscles, it is warmed up using massage and released though specific compressions.
Structural Integration (Myofascial Release)
Studying the “Anatomy Trains” myofascial meridians concept by Thomas Myers, structural integration is a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that incorporates the whole body in gravity. The technique is used with fascial wax, in order to engage the fascia in the myofascial system. This technique and concept is geared towards regaining wholistic muscular balance and correct functional movement. It is more “grippy” in terms of perception of receiving touch comparatively to swedish massage techniques. Other terms such as Rolfing, Myofascial Release, and Structural Integration are very similar techniques.
Swedish Massage or Classic Massage
Most commonly known form of massage by the public, Swedish massage is the most commonly used and recognized form of massage therapy. It uses five styles of strokes – effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (specific scar tissue or adhesion break up), and vibrating/shaking. The technique is commonly used with oil, gel, or lotion.