Sports massage consists of specialized Swedish techniques and assisted stretching that aid the athlete in achieving maximum physical performance. When administered before physical activity, it can help protect against pain and injuries, while boosting performance. Following physical exertion, it helps remove lactic acid and restore normal muscle tone and range of motion. Sports massage is used by professional athletes, dancers, and performers as well as by anyone who wishes to use his or her body at peak efficiency.
Pregnancy creates many changes in a woman’s anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry, as well as in her emotional state. Massage can decrease the stress and discomfort caused by these changes, ease labor and delivery, and help speed recovery to a pre-pregnant state. Sheri Bergen, CMT, is certified in MotherMassage, a specialized pre- and postnatal massage therapy and labor support. Sheri, herself a mother of two grown children, understands these changes and is specially trained to treat them. She recognizes when massage is contraindicated and when referral to a physician is necessary. She uses a specially designed cushion, the bodyCushion , which allows her to position her clients with comfortable, safe support throughout the entire pregnancy, and permits the client to lie prone even into the last weeks of pregnancy. Sheri also provides massage training for the birth partner for labor support.
Older people often suffer from a variety of such age-related diseases as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, depression and loneliness. This leads to poor blood circulation and limited physical activity. All human beings desire to move, be healthy and retain independence. Alexandria Myotherapy supports seniors’ desire to feel better and maintain a normal, healthy life.
Geriatric massage is a form of massage therapy designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly population. As defined by Wikipedia, “Geriatrics is a sub-specialty of internal medicine that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults.” Consequently, geriatric massage therapists are educated to understand the physiological and psychological changes that occur in senior citizens. It involves the gentle use of hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to improve blood and lymph circulation, which in turn helps to relieve pain and discomfort.