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Advanced Techniques

We use a combination of advanced massage techniques - bodywork tools - to achieve the desired treatment outcome 
Trigger Point Therapy
A key factor that may contribute to the pain and dysfunction of a muscle is the development of trigger points within it. 
A trigger point is a hyper irritable locus within a taut band of muscle that is painful upon compression and has a predictable pain patternFor example, migraines are often caused by trigger points in the upper fibres of the trapezius muscle. Locating and releasing these trigger points can prevent the reoccurrence or frequency of migraines.

Deep Tissue Massage

By using her posture and body weight to its full potential, the massage therapist can apply deeper pressure with her hands, fingers, thumbs, forearms and elbows to achieve a deeper and more effective release of all the layers of muscle in the body. 
Although intense, deep tissue massage should not be painful to the point that the client wants to run away. The client should feel that the pain is a "good hurt' - that it is hitting the spot and releasing. Techniques such as cross-fibre friction and trigger point therapy are used to restore taut areas of fibre that are the source of pain and muscle dysfunction.


Soft Tissue Release (STR)

Soft Tissue Release is a technique used by many sports therapists to relieve pain, increase range of motion, prevent injury and reduce injury repair time.
With STR, a local area of tight and adhered fibers is locked still by an applied pressure, and the tissues are stretched away from that point. This focuses the stretch to just those tissues and is extremely effective and produces immediate results. Developed for Olympic athletes, it can be adapted for use with individuals with compromised range of motion such as arthritic clients or wheel chair users.

Myofascial Release 
MFR (myo = muscle; fascia = fascia) uses a range of techniques to release fascia which has become stuck, hardened and dehydrated. Fascia is the flexible, connective tissue which contains and holds all of the elements of the body in place, and as such it reacts and adapts to the particular patterns that we create in our daily lives or in response to physical or emotional trauma. 
Restricted fascia can also be the underlying cause of undiagnosed pain, exhaustion and immune system dysfunctions. MFR is effective in assisting recovery from all types of physical injuries and conditions, especially conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome where the symptoms can affect any and every system of the human body.
MFR is also effective for treating scar tissue, regardless of age, releasing not just the superficial layer but the deeper adhesions which can cause other problems within the body. 
Myofascial Release techniques include cross-hand stretches, focused stretches, rolfing, skin rolling, shaking or rocking and pulls. Restrictions and trigger points are released and tender points treated. The client may or may not feel the release as a burning, sharp or other sensation, not necessarily in the location of the therapist's touch. Emotional release can also occur as a result of MFR. 

Three types of stretching can be used during a massage therapy session: 
• passive stretching where the therapist takes the client into a comfortable stretch and slowly increases it as the clients exhales. 
• PNF or MET* stretching aims to strengthen as well as stretch the muscle by stretching against the client's mild resistance as they exhale.
• Active Isolated Stretching also strengthens the muscle by the client working the opposite muscle with the therapist increasing the stretch at the end of each movement (eg: quads are worked to stretch the hamstrings)

Stretches can also be taught to clients for them to do at home in order to speed up their recovery.

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