Hi I am John Plescher, Clinical Massage Therapist. I am nationally certified by The National Certification board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Licensed in Illinois, and a Professional Member of the AMTA. I received my training at The Soma Institute, National School of Clinical Massage Therapy located in Chicago, IL.
What is Clinical Massage Therapy?
Clinical Massage or medical massage is a therapy done in a clinic or doctors office for rehabilitation from some form of injury or chronic conduction. Clinical massage involves addressing the deeper onset muscles. The therapist has extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology to addresses the range of motion limitations by using a variety of modalities.
The benefits of massage are to release muscles that have been traumatized either through repetitive action or by accident and bring them back to a natural state. This includes improving the range of motion of the joint or muscles involved. Improved circulation helps to flush stagnant lactic acids that have accumulated in the muscles creating the muscle pain. A healthy muscle does not hurt. After releasing the tight muscles a slow stretch is usually performed to elongate them bringing it back to its original flexibility.
Types of modalities offered:
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered modality. It’s great for someone that is a first timer. During the massage, the Massage Therapists will use massage lotion to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Other techniques include kneading, friction, stretching and tapping.
Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and creates other healthy benefits. It can be slow and gentle or vigorous and bracing, depending on what the Therapist wants to achieve.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE:
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots. Trigger point therapy is often use to remove the knots and reset the muscle to its natural position.
Cupping involves placing glass, or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove 'heat' and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues.
A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body
Pregnancy massage, also known as pre-natal massage, promotes relaxation, soothes nerves, and relieves strained back and leg muscles in expectant mothers. Pregnancy massage is especially beneficial in the second and third trimesters, when the extra weight puts a strain on your back.
A pregnancy massage differs from traditional massage in a few different ways. First, the therapist will place you in a comfortable position and will take extra care to make sure your body gets the cushioning and support it needs. Then the therapist will relax the areas of stress (neck, back, hips, arms, and legs) also stretching of the pelvic area to release pressure caused by the opening of the pelvis. The therapist will review any discomfort such as carpal tunnel or sciatica.
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
There are four types of sports massages:
- pre-event sports massage -- a short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
- post-event sports massage -- given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
- restorative sports massage -- given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
- rehabilitative sports massage -- aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
HOT STONE MASSAGE:
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are basalt, a volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release. This type of massage is circulatory and flushes the unwanted toxins from the body. The therapist will also use some deep tissue on the neck and back to release tension, and reflexology on the feet to boost your immune system.