VRC Therapeutic Massage Modalities
VRC Massage & Wellness' focus is not just providing the best experience for our clients, but also emphasizes on educating how we can take care of ourselves. Our ultimate goal is to satisfy every person that comes to our doorstep for any muscle aches and pain related to stress, tension, and physical activity. Here are the various therapeutic massage modalities that we, at VRC Massage and Wellness, specialize in:
Myofascial Release Massage/Trigger-Point Therapy
Myofascial Release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.”
Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.
Neuromuscular Massage is a precise, thorough examination and treatment of the body’s soft tissues using regionally oriented protocols. These time-tested, hands-on techniques are built upon a science-based foundation and guided by clinical evidence.
Neuromuscular Massage is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some of the techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care; many help to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities.
Orthopedic Massage is a type of manual therapy that focuses on the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain. In addition to treating specific injuries, Orthopedic Massage is used to increase range of motion, decrease and manage pain and restore normal body movement and function.
Orthopedic Massage uses alignment, pin and stretch, and release techniques to help clients who are suffering recover from soft-tissue injuries, surgery, and misalignment.
Sports Massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training -- before, during, and after sports events. It is best used to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. It is also known to help muscle strains and aiding healing after a sports injury.
Sports Massages can be split into 4 categories:
Pre-Event – Designed to stimulate, this massage will focus on the areas of the body that will be exerted during the activity. Typically given 15-45 minutes before the event.
Post Event – Received within 2 hours of undertaking the activity, it aids the tissues to normalise.
Restorative – Often received regularly whilst training for an event or for those looking to improve their personal bests and train harder. Restorative sports massage works to enable further training by preventing injury.
Rehabilitative – Serves to alleviate pain from an injury and return the affected tissue to normal.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing modality that was born in Thailand and has flourished in North America. This therapeutic style of massage combines soft tissue manipulation techniques, assisted yoga postures, breathing and meditation to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation.
This ancient and dynamic therapy offers many benefits:
Helps detoxify the body and boosts the immune system.
Increases blood circulation and lowers blood pressure.
Great for muscle relaxation, increases flexibility in muscles and increases mobility.
Improves posture, balance, corrects body alignments and dissolves energy blocks.
Helps tone the body, strengthens joints and fights diseases including chronic joint problems.
Reduces and relieves stress and anxiety.
Helps boost energy levels.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that's mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues.
Deep Tissue Massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, lower back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Shiatsu/ Acupressure Massage
Shiatsu is a type of massage therapy that was primarily developed in Japan. As in Acupressure, practitioners of Shiatsu apply pressure to points on the body thought to be connected to pathways called "meridians". By stimulating these points, such therapists aim to promote the flow of vital energy.
Shiatsu is often used to lessen stress and protect against stress-related health issues. In addition, Shiatsu is said to promote healing in conditions like anxiety, arthritis, back pain, constipation, headache, insomnia, menstrual problems, neck and shoulder pain, premenstrual syndrome, sciatica, and sinus problems.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is a type of therapy that involves the use of smooth, natural, heated river stones. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.
The heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing our therapists to work deeper while using lighter pressure.
Hot Stone Massage aids in relieving symptoms of:
Bamboo Fusion Massage
Bamboo Fusion Massage is a relaxation technique that combines various lengths and widths of bamboo stalks to perform a deep-tissue massage. These techniques are used to “unwind” tense, strained, and stressed muscles. At VRC, our therapists are specially trained in this technique; we combine the use of heated bamboo sticks and heated essential oils to relax the body to provide absolute relief and relaxation.
This type of massage is used to soothe sore, tender, and painful muscles by kneading them with heated bamboo stalks. It also helps with an increase in circulation, easing of the mind, and the relaxation of the body.
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage
Lomi Lomi Massage is an integrative massage practice that began in ancient Hawaii and is gaining popularity around the world. The word “lomi” means to knead or rub in a gentle manner. Focusing on long, seamless strokes that glide from one part of the body to another, Lomi Lomi Massage can soothe the mind while easing tension in the muscles. These rhythmic, repetitive movements allow the client to fully relax during the session.
Lomi Lomi massage can treat a wide variety of conditions, but most often is used to create a healing environment within the body by relaxing the client, rather than targeting a specific physical problem. The healing benefits of Lomi Lomi massage are many, including improved circulation for detoxifying the body, stimulation of the lymphatic system, release of muscle tension, and a deep sense of relaxation.
Swedish Massage involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish Massage can be both relaxing and energizing.
Swedish Massage is perfect for the person who primarily needs a boost of blood flow throughout the body and needs to ease tensions in the muscles, improving their overall flexibility.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic Drainage Massage 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.
This massage technique is especially effective for pain relief, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions (such as acne and rosacea), cellulite, allergies, headaches, amongst other sets of other issues.