Therapeutic Massage Ann Arbor
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of muscles and body tissue to achieve a variety of health benefits:
- Improved circulation, which stimulates the movement of nutrients to muscle fibers and tissues
- An easing of symptoms for sufferers of arthritis, sports injuries, and chronic pain
- Muscle relaxation before and after surgery to relieve pain, aid in recovery, and reduce adhesion formation
- Increased efficiency of the nervous system, enhancing the body’s communications pathways and optimizing body functions
- The release of endorphins, the body’s natural anesthetic
Our massage therapists are skilled in many massage techniques:
Swedish massage, what most people think of when they think of massage, uses a variety of strokes to stimulate circulation (including the lymphatic system, which carries away waste products stored in muscle and fat) and to separate and relax body tissues and fibers.
Myofascial therapy, also known as myofascial release, elongates fascia, the body’s tough connective tissue. This technique is used to reduce adherences– tissue that is “stuck together,” which may cause pain and muscle dysfunction.
Neuromuscular therapy brings relief for chronic muscle tightness by focusing on particular areas rather than all-around massage. “Trigger point” therapy also can be used in this technique.
Sports massage readies an athlete for peak performance or restores the body after strenuous exertion. The massage increases circulation in the muscles, which brings nutrients in and carries away metabolic waste.
Pregnancy And Postpartum Massage
Our therapists are certified in pregnancy massage, which takes into account the unique physiology of pregnancy to support the well-being of both mother and child.
Massage during pregnancy helps a woman feel more comfortable in her changing body, reducing stress on muscles, bones and ligaments. By improving blood circulation, massage also relieves swelling and discomfort.
After the strain of giving birth, many women experience persistent low-back pain, irregular breathing, and changes in bowel or bladder functions. Special postpartum techniques can relieve these symptoms and restore pre-pregnancy function.