Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage seeks to improve the function of the body's deep connective tissues and muscles. Deep finger, hand or elbow pressure are often used to stretch, compress and release contracted connective tissue and muscles. Some of the conditions that benefit from a deep tissue massage are whiplash, sciatica, low back and neck pain, sports injuries and degenerative diseases.
Myofascial release is used to evaluate and treat restrictions in the body's contractile connective tissue/muscle and non-contractile supportive connective tissue by the application of deep gentle traction, pressures and positioning. Fascia surrounds groups of muscle muscle fibers and entire muscle groups and organs. While it is not contractile, it can be passively elastically deformed. Chronically tense muscles restrict blood flow and fatigue the body. Both fascia and muscle tissues can become shortened as well as stick together. Myofascial release techniques are used to coax muscles in spasm to relax and break adhesions. The body responds by releasing tension that has been stored in the fascia allowing more functional flexibility and mobility of the muscles, fascia, and associated structures.
Fire cupping is a treatment where a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol is lit and then introduced into a glass cup heating the inside of the cup quickly before placing it in the clients skin. As the cup cools it creates a vacuum over the patient and a "suctioning" response. The vacuum helps dispel stagnation of blood and lymph to the area, it is also used to improve flow of Qi, respiratory diseases and most helpful in chronic muscular pain.