We offer the following specialty massages for those instances when your needs are specific and require a specialized approach:
Massage therapy focuses on the body’s soft tissue and musculature. The goal of our massage therapists is to alleviate tension and stress through touch and manipulation of the tissues. Myofascial release works the connective tissue, or fascia. During this treatment, the massage therapist gently applies pressure to loosen the tightness in the fascia believed to cause muscle restrictions. Back pain and a decrease in range of motion are common complaints of myofascial therapy clients. Myofascial release uses sustained pressure to stretch and lengthen the connective tissue. It is also done with minimal lotion to allow the therapist to achieve the required depth in the tissue.
If you live in or near Naples, Florida and think you may be able to benefit from myofascial therapy, get in touch with us today! Professional massage expert and therapist Tabatha Petersen specializes in providing tailored massage therapy services to the needs of her individual clients. Come to Naples Massage & Neuromuscular and find out what we can do for you!
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
MLD is a specialized massage type that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. The system’s network of vessels and nodes contains lymph, a mixture of water, proteins, immune system components, waste products, and other remnants of cell metabolism. Lymph nodes, which filter out the debris, are found throughout the body, with especially large groups of them in the neck, armpits, and groin. These major collections of lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before it returns to the circulatory system.
During a lymph drainage massage, a specially-trained massage therapist uses a series of gliding, compressing, stretching, and cupping motions over the client’s body. The light rhythmic movements, applied without massage oil, stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. MLD follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere, making sure every area is treated with care.
Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage
Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.
Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain.
Practitioners of myofascial release employ long stretching strokes meant to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve pain.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
This form of massage is considered a relatively deep tissue massage, however, because the strokes are very long and slow, depth is achieved in a very comfortable manner.
Table Thai Massage
If you’ve been jonesing for a change from your traditional Swedish massage, or you are particularly stiff or sore due to exercise or arthritis, Thai massage may be just what you’re looking for. Unlike most massage modalities that utilize massage oils and require you to disrobe and climb under a sheet on a massage table, Thai massage is performed while you are fully clothed.
Instead of the relaxing gliding and kneading motions characteristic of more popular forms of massage, Thai massage employs stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and range of motion. It is sometimes called the “lazy person’s yoga.”
The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.
Thai massage also utilizes energy work, which, according to ancient Asian culture, treats the subtle energetic field within the body. It corrects blockages, deficiencies, and imbalances in the flow of this energy, which then is believed to improve the client’s health.
Hot stone massage
In the present-day massage therapy practice, hot stone massage is a speciality massage where smooth, heated stones are used by the therapist by placing them or rubbing them on the body. The heat from the stones leads to deep relaxation and to warming up of the tight muscles enabling the therapist to work more deeply and more quickly.
6 benefits of hot stone massage
- Helps relieve muscle tension and pain. Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. …
- Reduces stress and anxiety. …
- Promotes sleep. …
- May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases. …
- May help decrease cancer symptoms. …
- May boost immunity.