Therapies Used and their Benefits

Neuromuscular Therapy –Applies concentrated pressure (usually with the thumbs and/or a small pressure bar) to trigger points (painful, irritated areas in muscles which refer sensation to other areas in the body when pressed on) to break the cycle of spasm and pain where muscles have been hurt by injuries, ailments, poor posture or stress. Neuromuscular work is very useful for many different types of injury to the soft tissue, including those developed from car accidents, falls, work injuries, or sports.


Myofascial Release  –A massage that uses deep finger or elbow pressure on contracted areas to press, touch, move and slowly sculpt tissue concurrently with the recipient’s breath cycles. It stretches the fascia (the tough elastic connective tissue envelope surrounding the muscles beneath the skin) by using broad strokes and gentle compression that allows the deep underlying tissues to lengthen, then reorganize along optimum spatial patterns. Using gravitational movement, body positioning and breath movement awareness, myofascial techniques release chronic patterns of tension to produce permanent and substantial structural change and help the body function at a higher level.

Listen in on a Therapeutic Massage interview and discussion in which Breathe Easy Massageworks’ licensed and certified massage therapist Charlene Crane, and colleague, licensed and certified massage therapist Betsy Arntzen, are interviewed by WERU Common Health show host Jim Fisher on Common Health’s July 17, 2013 edition.

CranioSacral Therapy –Helps to reestablish harmony in the body by manipulation of the cranial bones and membranes. It is a gentle method of correcting the balance of the skull’s membranes and the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. It works by encouraging the body’s own inherent healing mechanisms to release restrictions on the craniosacral system which then helps to improve any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities.


Deep Tissue –A thorough deep muscle massage for relief of tension. Rather than a cohesive form of massage, Deep Tissue is any number of techniques and strokes of deep massage used to relieve muscular tension, injury, strain and structural distortion. The aim of Deep Tissue massage is to break up chronic patterns of tension in muscles, layer by layer, attentively working out strains and adhesions in each successive layer. The therapist’s pressure level is applied with sensitivity and recognition for individual tolerance levels, only to the depth that is both comfortable and therapeutic to the client.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage
–A technique which stimulates lymph flow and which is useful for increasing immune function by its effect of increasing the production of lymphocytes and drawing away toxins. Absolutely great for reducing edema, enhancing circulation and immunity, as well as enhancing the tissue regeneration process after surgery or sports injuries, thus encouraging healthy scar formation.


Japanese Acupressure (Seated) Massage  –This is pressure point work, done over clothing, which covers the shoulders, neck, back, arms, hands, scalp and hips. It is based on a traditional Japanese acupressure sequence that is especially designed to improve circulation while making a person feel vibrant and refreshed at a deeply energetic level.


Japanese Hot Stone Massage
-A luxurious and highly effective full body massage that uses the radiant heat of smooth basalt stones. The stones are applied with gentle rotary pressure, in strokes, or simply rested on the body. The specific order and placement of the stones on the body is done with consideration for the energy flows of the various traditional Acupuncture elements of earth, metal, water, fire and wood.



2 Responses to “Therapies Used and their Benefits”

  1. […] designed to relieve pain into the treatment session. There is a strong focus, particularly in Neuromuscular Therapy and CranioSacral work, in Not minimizing the importance of treating pain, and of, instead, […]

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