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Massage Modalities

What is Pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy Massage is designed for pregnant women and they can receive it at any time during their pregnancy. The pregnancy massage therapists at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto have had specific training in this field. The client receives the massage in a side position, with pillows and bolsters provided for support and comfort. Treatment consists of specific features of Swedish massage, joint…

Clinical Deep Tissue Bodywork

This week Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto’s blog features Clinical Deep Tissue bodywork, in order to clarify the unique benefits offered through this modality.

Clinical Deep Tissue bodywork works through tension, layer by layer, reaching the deeper muscles where persistent discomfort can be released. Much of the work is focused on bringing the body back into balance by working on t…

What is Neuromassage Bodywork?

neuromassage

Neuromassage Bodywork incorporates gentle and deep techniques for addressing unhealthy chronic tension patterns and structural imbalances. It is used to re-educate and encourage the nervous system to allow rather than to resist release. Founded by Langdon Roberts, this work combines both neuroscience and therapeutic bodywork while ‘teaching’ the client’s nervous system how to achieve and…

What is Deep Work Massage?

Deep Work Massage is a unique approach to bodywork distinct from clinical deep tissue massage. Here ‘deep’ refers to the depth of the client’s positive experience, not just the amount of pressure used. The deep work massage therapists at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto have an educated appreciation for the role of the connective tissue system in shaping the body, and they utilize advanced…

What is Acupressure Bodywork?

Acupressure

In traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi energy—the circulating life force in the body—is balanced by stimulating its healthy flow along energy pathways called meridians. Acupressure practitioners utilize finger and elbow pressure on the same meridian points that are stimulated with needles in Acupuncture. It can be practiced with the client keeping clothing on.

During treatment there is…

What is Trigger Point Therapy?

Trigger Point Therapy

In Trigger Point Therapy various methods are used to relieve and eliminate a hypersensitive area known as a trigger point—in the muscle, its tendon, or fascia. Usually the trigger point is not in the area of pain, but digital pressure over the point will elicit pain in a referred area. Trauma is a common cause of trigger points, either by direct injury or excessive stretching and contraction.

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