The power of massage has a long history rooted over thousands of years and across many cultures. Massage has been used, and continues to be used to manage health conditions that may result from stress, work-related tensions, different types of injuries as well as certain medical conditions. The benefits of massage therapy are many and may include promoting muscle relaxation, increasing circulation, reducing inflammation, augmenting pain management, and improving one’s overall sense of well-being. Massage therapy entails hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically targeting muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and the lymphatic system to relieve pain, rehabilitate and augment physical function.
Please note that we will see anyone for the purposes of massage therapy. You do not need a referral for our massage therapy services.
Swedish massage is a treatment that has a therapeutic effect on the body and helps improve overall health and well-being with a focus on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems using general Swedish techniques.
Relaxation Massage uses Swedish techniques to promote relaxation focused on decreasing muscle tension and calming the nervous system with an emphasis on relaxation. A tempo of lighter touch is used that combines soothing, long gliding and sweeping strokes to help calm and relax the mind and body.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue work reaches structures far beneath the superficial fascia to attempt to relieve chronic muscle issues or injuries.
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. Our massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage may be therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries.
Sports massage therapy focuses on the prevention and healing of injuries to your muscles and tendons by encouraging the circulation of blood and lymph and by reducing muscle tension. Manual manipulation of the muscles is done with specific consideration of the impact of certain activities on specific joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue groups.
Reflexology is gentle manipulation or pressing on certain parts of the foot and/or hands to produce an effect elsewhere in the body.
Myofascial release is a hands-on technique that involves stretching and applying gentle pressure into the myofascial connective tissue to loosen up restricted tissue. This leads to elimination of pain and restoration of motion
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point massage therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. It assists in releasing or softening a muscle knot to reduce (or eliminate) the knot pain and associated pain.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage, relieves swelling that happens when medical treatment or illness blocks your lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massage involves gently manipulating specific areas of your body to help lymph move to an area with working lymph vessels. This type of massage is a gentle form of massage used to relieve painful swelling in your arms and legs that can be the result of many medical conditions.
Orthopaedic massage is a type of injury rehabilitation that focuses on the muscles and soft tissues surrounding joints. The aim of orthopaedic massage is to relieve pain while restoring soft tissues to create a fuller range of motion.
This type of massage can also be done post-operatively.
Cuppping is a therapy in which heated cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.
Full Body Stretch
Assisted stretching uses specific techniques to increase range of motion, mobility and flexibility of a muscle or a group of muscles.
Massage Therapy Add-On’s:
- Lavender Oil Massage
- Peppermint Scalp Massage
Topical Pain Cream Application
- Compounded prescription creams
**Massage therapy at Avella is physician supervised, therefore upon request, some types of topical pain creams may be applied at the completion of the treatment in order to enhance pain relief.