Massage therapy and bodywork has been used for thousands of years to improve the health of the body and mind. Literature and art of ancient societies in China, Persia, India, Rome and Greece describe the use and benefits of therapeutic touch. Of course, approaches to massage historically have varied according to cultural influences. Nonetheless, it is clear that massage therapy was consistently recognized and respected by medical practitioners of advanced civilizations.
Today, we know that massage has the following benefits:
* Enhances the circulation of blood, hence delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles
* Improves the lymphatic system and aids in immunity
* Increases flexibility, strength and durability of the muscles
* Alleviates tension, stiffness, and pain
* Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and releases endorphin’s
* Improves the quality of sleep so that clients feel better rested
* Flushes out toxins (lactic acid) throughout the body
* Helps people feel better connected and spiritually revived
- The Advantages of Essential Oils
Massage therapy and bodywork is generally performed with base oils or creams infused with aromatic oils that enhance the therapeutic experience. Instead of using “fragrance oils” SoCal Mobile Massage uses 100% real Essential Oils which carry the medicinal properties of the plants and help in the healing process.
- Music Therapy
Music therapy has proven calming and spiritual effects on the mind. SoCal Mobile Massage has some of the best new age music by various artists from all over the world, and a nice choice of classical selections as well. We encourage our clients to share their preferences with us. If we don’t have something immediately available, We always do our best to acquire it before the session.
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
PNF is a type of flexibility therapy. It is based on the principles of functional human anatomy and neurophysiology, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation uses proprioceptive input to improve muscle flexibility and strength. Proprioceptors are sensory nerve-ending in muscles, tendons, and joints. They provide a sense of the body’s position by responding to stimuli from within the body. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation is built on a series of exercises that stretch stiff or painful muscles in the body.
Over the years, bad postural and movement patterns can put chronic strain on the muscles, leading to soreness, stress and injury. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation makes the patient aware of these hazardous patterns and teaches them how to correct them. This newfound awareness also helps the patient avoid exerting unnecessary strain on the muscles and limbs when carrying out any physical activity. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation achieves this by teaching a series of stretching exercises that the patient can adapt into their everyday movements. These exercises combine muscle contraction and relaxation with passive and partner-assisted stretching.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation is also used as a rehabilitative therapy to improve the flexibility, strength, and range of motion, of a damaged or stiff muscle. It is used to treat lower back, neck and shoulder pain associated with poor posture. During these therapy sessions the patient is asked to contract the affected muscles against a static resistance that is applied by the therapist. A typical session of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation therapy consists of a series of muscle contractions followed by periods of muscle relaxation.
- Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition (Ischemic) Technique (INIT)
INIT is Usually combined with deep tissue. Once a trigger point has been identified, the client is moved to a position of ease. Ischemic pressure is then applied by the therapist. During the INIT treatment Using a scale of 1-10, the pain the client feels while the trigger point is pressed should not exceed a “breathable 7.” The client will be asked to take deep, slow breaths to minimize the discomfort. The client will be asked to activate (contract) the antagonist of the muscle housing the trigger point while the therapist offers minimal resistance. Then he/she will activate the problem muscle, again with light resistance from the therapist. The position is then altered slightly so as to begin stretching the muscle. (The stretching helps restore the tissue to a normal resting length.) These three steps are repeated several times over the course of a few minutes, during which time the pain should diminish from a 7 to 3 or less. While INIT is highly effective for treating trigger points, occasionally more than one session will be necessary to rid the area of these tenacious blockages. This is definitely the case for clients suffering from numerous trigger points. Poor posture or repetitive motions can aggravate them, consequently clients are encouraged to correct those habits that inhibit proper circulation.
It is not at all uncommon for a client to be a bit sore after the INIT has been used in the treated area(s) for a day or two, especially if he/she is not accustomed to using the muscles actively. But ultimately, the benefits of INIT reduces pain and improved range of motion make it worthwhile.
- Myofascial Release
Myofascia is a thin, almost translucent film that wraps around muscle tissue. It is the tissue that holds all the other parts together. It gives shape to and supports all of the body’s musculature. When the myofascial tissues become thickened and lose their elasticity, neurotransmitter ability to send and receive messages between the mind and body is damaged, and the communication between the mind and body is damaged. The condition contributes to pain, stiffness, and sometimes poor posture.
Myofascial release involves the stretching of the myofascia. No oil or cream is used to maximize friction, which increases the transference of heat. Myofascial release may cause a small amount of discomfort as the area is stretched, a sensation some clients describe as a mild tingling or burning sensation. However, if pain is felt the therapist should be notified immediately.
In patients with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic back pain or stiffness, and other muscle-associated health issues, myofascial release can be highly beneficial.Myofascial release is frequently incorporated into pain management plans, and patients often feel positive effects after only a few sessions.