At Elements Massage Portland Pearl District, we take pride in our therapists and the expertise they bring. We focus on the following therapeutic methods (also known as modalities), although they make up only a portion of what our highly skilled therapists are trained in. We will be continuing to add more in-depth articles through our blog each month.
Deep Tissue Massage: Working on loosening stressed muscles, Deep Tissue Massage can do more for the body than relaxation alone. It can also be helpful in the elimination of scar tissue by breaking up the tissue and increasing blood circulation to the area to help restore your movement. Through stretching of muscles to release tension, Deep Tissue Massage helps encourage the body to return to its natural state of alignment, helping to improve posture.
Hot Stone Massage: This cold day favorite massage technique can help combat negative effects that cooler temperatures can take on your body by warming your muscles and your mind from the inside out. Hot Stone Massage enhances a regular massage by incorporating hot stones on specific trigger points throughout your body easing muscle tension without deep pressure.
Prenatal Massage: Beginning after 12 weeks of pregnancy Prenatal Massage is used to alleviate the main ailments of pregnancy; decreased circulation, joint pain, and muscle fatigue. During pregnancy there are specific points to avoid for health reason and Prenatal massages is always customized to the individual. Our therapists understand the effects of the hormone relaxing which enables muscles, ligaments, and cartilage to stretch and the care that needs to be taken to avoid overstretching. Given the physical and mental benefits associated with Pre-Natal massages and acknowledging this special time in your life, we encourage you to discuss massage with your prenatal care provider prior to adding it to your prenatal program.
Sports Massage: Highlighted for athletes, Therapeutic Sports Massage is also beneficial to anyone in an exercise program. From preparing muscles for training and optimal performance to recovering from an athletic event, Therapeutic Sports Massage can help prevent minor issues that prevent and derail exercise programs.
Trigger Point Massage: Best for Highly localized 'knots' where the body holds tension.
Swedish Massage: Relaxation massage for stress relief and a good 'first' massage modality, Swedish Massage can start helping through the decreased stress build-up of our daily lives. Our mental well-being is just as important as our physical well-being and reducing the stress in our lives have an overall positive impact on our overall well-being.
TMJ Massage: Temporomandibular Joint dysfunctions or any disorders of the jaw have been referred to as TMJ syndrome and include, but are not limited to, locking of the jaw, inability to cloth the mouth comfortable, clipping, headaches and pain in the neck, shoulder and back. While not the primary cause, a reduction in stress and relaxation of muscles can improve TMJ symptoms. TMJ Massage pinpoints affected muscles in the jaw to help stretch and relax the muscles to promote proper realignment of the jaw bones to relieve the effects of TMJ.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage: Also known as Lymphatic Massage, Lymph Drainage Massage works to increase the level of production in the lymph system helping in the removal of toxins. The lymphatic system works to help cleanse and filter out toxins and bacteria from the body. When not working correctly, frequent colds and flu infections, headaches and migraines, joint paint, loss of appetite and depression can all occur. Lymph Drainage Massage can also be helpful in edema, sports injury, lack of energy or those suffering from a sluggish immune system.
Arthritis Massage: Specialized Arthritis Massage can provide general pain relief, relax stiff, sore muscles and help reduce inflammation and swelling of the joints. Arthritis Massage can increase circulation, helping to remove toxic build up in joints, a contributing factor to Arthritis. Arthritis Massage requires a specialized technique that needs to be done by an experienced therapist and with a lot of communication so different techniques can be used with inflamed joints.
Fibromyalgia Massage: Therapeutic Massage has been used to; increase blood circulation in muscles to promote faster muscle repair, produce increased stimulation of oxygen supply to needed cells, and release toxic waste products from the tissues into the circulatory system. People with Fibromyalgia can benefit from reduced pain, stiffness, stress and depression, and improve sleep patterns associated with Therapeutic Massage.
This is just a few modalities. There are over 200!