If you have tired, sore muscles resulting from stress or even injury, massage therapy can help relieve tension, and can complement your total wellness program. As your local massage therapy provider, Hartville Health & Wellness Centre offers a number of massage services customized to best fit your individual needs.
Certified Therapeutic Massage
With therapeutic massage, you can find significant relief from chronic issues stemming from postural imbalance, repetitive motion or stress. Your certified therapist can create a massage therapy program that will work with you and your body to reduce pain, increase range of motion and bring overall improvement to the way your body moves and functions. Therapeutic massage incorporates multiple massage therapies and techniques, and we can also customize a progressive massage therapy program to meet your specific wellness needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy focuses on realigning your muscles and connective tissues at a level that goes deeper than a typical massage. By focusing on the deepest layers of muscles, tendons and fascia, this technique produces the release of muscle tension. Typically, deep tissue work is done at a slow pace so that the therapist can access and treat chronic knots and adhesions.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger points are tender parts in an area of muscle that, when irritated, can refer pain to other areas. As with NMT, treatment is brought through cycles of isolated pressure and release in well-established patterns to treat specific areas of pain.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective massage technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. MFR is often used to treat persistent back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Like trigger point therapy, NMT seeks to eliminate pain—chronic and acute—by locating and addressing specific areas associated with your pain. Muscular tension is relieved by using intense, concentrated pressure on the area. NMT therapeutic massages are often used to treat the lower back, neck and arms, repetitive motion injuries, headaches, as well as numbness and tingling in the limbs.
Because it addresses many of the common discomforts of associated and the many changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy, prenatal massage can be an excellent addition to prenatal care. Prenatal massage therapies have been shown to reduce back and joint pain, improve circulation, reduce edema (swelling) as well as reduce muscle pain and headaches. Our certified massage therapists will properly position and bolster the pregnant woman’s body to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness.
Swedish Massage Therapies
This is a general term to distinguish Western massage from Eastern massage. Swedish massage (Western) is based on anatomy and physiology, as opposed to the meridians of the Asian (Eastern) massage systems. Swedish massage is the foundation of the massage techniques described on this page. It can be slow and gentle or vigorous and bracing, depending upon the desired outcome.
If you want to relieve stress and tension in your body, this form of Swedish massage therapy is for you. By breaking the stress cycle of the nervous system, relaxation massages provide relief from a host of stress-related symptoms, including headache, fatigue, anxiety and muscle soreness.
Sports Massage Therapy Programs
Sports massages are geared toward the athletic population and focus more on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and aggressive movements. This form of progressive massage therapy can help increase your flexibility, reduce fatigue, improve endurance, prevent injuries and elevate your overall performance.