Deep tissue massage
This uses a combination of techniques to effectively release tension from tight muscles through compressing andstretching of muscle tissue. Knuckles, fists, elbows or massage tools may be used to sink into the muscles.
Soft tissue release
By contracting a muscle, focusing on the tight areas within it and putting it into a stretch, areas that are particularlytight can be released fairly quickly.
Fascia is the connective tissue that connects the skin to muscle and holds the body together. Myofascia refers to thefascia around muscles. This is a technique that varies in intensity depending on where and how the therapist is workingon the body. The technique requires the therapist to sink into the fascia and feel the pulls and direction in which thefascia moves. Although a slow technique, it can have quite profound effects.
Sometimes stretching techniques are required in a treatment to ensure the muscle fibres are properly realigned after atreatment. A variety of stretching techniques may be used in a treatment but the most commonly utilised ones are Passive, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) and AIS (Active Isolated Stretching).
Hot and cold therapy
To help recover from injury the use of appropriate heat can help reduce inflammation and encourage the body to heal. In chronic conditions, the use of heat can improve circulation and enable the therapist to work slightly deeper into the muscles.