Medical massage involves applying standard massage techniques and modalities directed toward relieving or removing a medical condition. Action is taken at the site of pain, discomfort or reduced mobility and to all factors affecting that site. It can be a detective process to find an original cause, working backwards to relieve each condition as it is found.
Craniosacral is a specific routine, to which I can add some techniques for releasing fascial structures within the skull, which may have become tight through head trauma or whiplash as in a motor vehicle accident.
Visceral manipulation is work on the internal organs and any dysfunctional fascial connections between them or with the skeletal structure.
Fascial work is the releasing of scar tissue, no matter how old, including surgical scars, removing adhesions, and releasing connections made from overuse, extended use or acute overloading of muscles and connecting fascia, or sudden force to which the body fascia naturally tightens, the softening of which may not be soon enough. Regular stretching does not release fascial tightness; a slower gentler stretch which challenges the connective tissue must be used. Fascial work reaches deep inside without the discomfort of "deep" massage.
Nerve Work is my term for the techniques taught by Doug Alexander LMT who specializes in relieving Nerve problems. They include assessments, releases, glides, pumping, flossing and regular massage techniques to soften and remove constrictions and adhesions that affect the nerve path. One restriction anywhere along the nerve path can cause irritation, a second restriction multiplies the effect, often sensed further along the nerve path, e.g. carpal tunnel pain, yet the cause or causes can be at any of the pinch points before that. Motivated by my own Sciatic events, I know what to do to keep it at bay, and remove the common condition of Carpal tunnel syndrome. The techniques apply to all trapped nerve conditions, hitting the textbooks when necessary to find the Nerve path and likely pinch points.
Energy work can be chakra balancing, removing attachments and healing holes in the aura layers, resetting the flow of meridians, applying acupressure to specific tsubo's or a host of other actions developing from ‘listening’ to the tissues and experiencing within myself your discomforts and finding out how to release them.
The technique aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension. Swedish massage is gentler than deep tissue massage and better suited for people interested in relaxation and tension relief.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses many of the same stroking and kneading movements as Swedish massage, but there’s far more pressure.
This type of massage facilitates healing by releasing contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It can help increase blood flow to the soft tissues and may help to reduce inflammation.