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Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a form of soft tissue manual therapy. It is distinguished from other types of massage in that a static pressure is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating specific areas of skeletal muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points. Neuromuscular massage begins with using the fingers and thumbs to explore tissue looking for tight areas in muscle fibers in an attempt to release this tension.
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it's also tailored specifically to the unique needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward.
Prenatal Massage can help alleviate many of the discomforts that come along with being pregnant.
Hot Stone Massage
The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Stones are placed at specific sites on the client's body to promote relaxation and to help open up the merdians.
Muscles are pretreated with the heated stones to allow the therapist to more easily perform deep tissue manipulations.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy, or CST, is a gentle, hands-on manipulation of a physiological body system called the cranio-sacral system.
This system is comprised of the soft tissue and bones of the cranium, the spine and the pelvis. Through massage, the target areas are the membranes and cerebrospinal fluids that surround and cushion the brain and spinal cord from injury.
Minor health ailments such as chronic headaches can typically be treated with a few CST sessions. However more serious health conditions that cause severe pain or chronic disease should be conducted over a series of weekly CST sessions.