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Modalities

The following are brief descriptions from the American Massage Therapy Association of the various techniques offered at MassageWorks.

Cranio-Sacral is a technique for finding and correcting cerebral and spinal imbalances or blockages that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction.

Deep Muscle/Connective Tissue Massage, as the name implies, releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It can be used for specific work or full body.

Reflexology uses similar principles, although it's organized around a system of points on the hands and feet that are thought to correspond, or "reflex, to all areas of the body. Specific work, but with full-body effects.

Shiatsu and acupressure are Oriental-based systems of finger-pressure massage which treat special points along acupuncture "meridians", the invisible channels of energy flow in the body. Energy blocked along these meridians can cause physical discomfort, so the aim is to release the blocks and re-balance the energy flow. It can be used for full-body or specific work.

Sports Massage Therapy is classified into two categories: maintenance and event. Maintenance massage is an ongoing series of regularly scheduled sessions designed to help the athlete reach optimal performance through injury-free training. Event massage takes place before, during, or after competition to assist the athlete with preparation, performance and recovery.

Swedish Massage uses a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Used primarily for a full-body session, it promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle tension.

Trigger Point Therapy applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" -painful irritated areas in muscles- in order to break the cycle of spasm and pain. Often used to deal with pain.