Gua Sha, Swedish Massage, Rehabilitative Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy Massage, & Myofacial Relase Therapy. 

-Gua sha: Is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion. Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.

-Swedish massage: Manipulation of muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart increasing levels of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.     

-Rehabilitative Massage: Clinical therapy (or focused massage therapy) is site-specific with a precise goal or outcome in mind. Similar to physical therapy, you would go a massage therapist with a specific com-plaint that you would like treated to promote long term therapeutic results of acute, sub-acute, and chronic muscular pain. This is not intended for re-laxation nor for full body. Various techniques are applied such as: Deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, hydrotherapy heat, cryotherapy, or electrical/manual tapotement.

- Deep tissue: Deep tissue massage is massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue.  Pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or "knots" (also known as "adhesions") of specific regions only. 

-Trigger point (TrP) therapy: is manual pressure applied on isolated spots within muscles that cause pain. Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is described as the sensory, motor, and autonomic symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points. General muscle overuse or direct trauma to the muscle can lead to the development of TrPs. TrP hypothesis postulates myofascial pain is the motor endplates release of excessive acetylcholine leading to areas of intense focal sarcomere contraction and pain.

-Myofascial release: (MFR) an alternative medicine technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into restricted Myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion.

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