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Massage Modalities and Complementary Therapies

Swedish Technique
Utilizing Swedish-style techniques, massage therapist exerts firm but gentle pressure to alleviate stress and promote relaxation. This massage is recommended for those who do not require deep-tissue bodywork. It is often combined with other types of massage therapy.

Deep Tissue Technique
This highly specialized technique focuses on muscular tension held in the deepest layers of the body. Concentrated pressure eases "knots," releases tension, and alleviates pain, giving a sense of unrestricted freedom and increased mobility in the joints. These benefits in turn lead to improved circulation.

Hot Stone Therapy
Soothing heat radiated by smooth volcanic stones relaxes strained muscles and allows the massage therapist to access deeper tissues. This popular form of massage therapy increases the relaxation response, reduces pain, and promotes healing through improved blood flow and circulation.

Head, Neck and Shoulder Release
Tension tends to migrate to certain muscles in the neck, back, and shoulders. Therapist tension-release techniques immediately eliminate accumulated tension at these points, preventing tension headaches and reducing anxiety.

Sports Massage
If you are engaged in sports or other activities that involve strenuous movement, condition your body with a cross-fiber massage. This deep-tissue massage promotes muscle health by stretching muscle groups and increasing blood flow. Lev is skilled in various forms of sports massage, which are widely used to reduce the risk of pulled muscles, prevent chronic muscle tightness and other imbalances, increase flexibility, and improve performance.

Myofascial Release
This gentle soft-tissue therapy involves light stretching and massage of the fascia, the continuous sheet of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, organs, bones, and blood vessels throughout the body. Physical injury, scarring, and inflammation can harden the fascia and cause muscle spasms, pain, and loss of movement. This therapy restores the muscles' fluidity, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, and increasing range of motion.

Trigger Point Technique
Unexplained muscle pain may originate in the muscles or fascia and radiate to distant parts of the body. The painful point feels like a nodule or a tight muscle band, and when the massage therapist touches that point, the pain is distributed in a pattern. Trigger point therapy identifies referred pain patterns-such as sharp pain, dull ache, tingling, pins and needles, or the sensation of hot or cold -- and allows the therapist to associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere. Trigger points may be the source of symptoms such as nausea, earache, equilibrium disturbance, or blurred vision.

Tight muscles can lead to recurring injuries, pain, and poor posture. Proper stretching enhances the elongation of muscles and improves strength, endurance, posture, range of motion, and balance. Stretching techniques combined with massage are effective in relieving pain caused by muscular tightness.

Acupressure Technique
Acupressure is an ancient Oriental healing art that stimulates the body's self-healing processes. Using the fingers, knuckles, and palm, pressure is applied to external points of the body that correspond to specific organs. Acupressure is beneficial in treating muscle aches, headaches, eye strain, sinus conditions, neck and back pain, arthritis and ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, and digestive problems.

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