Located near East Ave Wegmans

1344 University Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607, United States

(585) 683-2986

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Massage Therapy by Gloria

Glossary

Acupressure
Technique based on Chinese Medicine, a 2000 year old Eastern tradition. Life energy flows through 'meridians,' or energetic pathways, in the body. Physical pressure is applied by hand, elbow, or with various devices, such as needles in Acupuncture. 


Adhesions

An adhesion is fibrous tissue that forms mostly in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and joints. The layers may of fascia may stick together or fascia may stick to muscles or skin. Adhesions can limit the flexibility of a muscle or joint.  

Adipose Tissue
​A type of loose connective tissue, specialized for fat storage which insulates the body against heat loss, provides fuel reserves for energy, and provides a cushion around certain structures (e.g. heart, kidneys, joints).


Aerobic Respiration

The muscular contraction in which oxygen is taken in and carbon dioxide and water are produced.


Anaerobic Respiration

The muscular contraction which is strenuous, there is not enough oxygen, and lactic acid is produced. 


Aromatherapy

The use of plant materials, called essential oils and other scented compounds from plants for the purpose to affect one's mood or health. 


Autonomic Nervous System
The division of the nervous system that functions involuntarily; innervates cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, and glands; the part of the nervous system that regulates involuntary functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and sweating.​


Allopathic Medicine
Known as conventional or Western medicine, allopathy is a medical approach that seeks to cure by producing a condition in the body different than, or opposite to, the condition that exists within the diseased state.​


Chakra

A chakra (meaning wheel in Sanskrit) is a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy. There are seven major chakras in the body, believed to be the centers of metaphysical and biophysical energy, and they must be as open as possible in order to function at their peak. 


Contraindications
Condition in which massage is not indicated. Types include local and total. 


Cortisol
Hormone that produces an inflammatory response.


Cup kiss

Discolorations due to toxins and/or stagnant blood from broken capillaries being brought to the surface. Not a bruise.


Draping
The use of sheets to cover the disrobed client, with only the area being worked on exposed. 


Endorphins
Endorphins are among the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. At least 20 types of endorphins have been demonstrated in humans. Endorphins can be found in the pituitary gland, in other parts of the brain, or distributed throughout the nervous system.​ In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress​


Essential Oil

Any of a class of volatile oils obtained from plants through distillation or extraction that has the scent and other characteristic properties of the plant.

Fascia
A matrix of connective tissue fibers, primarily collagen, that form sheets or bands beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs. 


Gait
A person​'s walking pattern.


Golgi Tendon Organ
Receptor located at the musculotendinous junction that is stimulated by both tension and excessive stretch. This protective mechanism helps to ensure that muscles do not  become excessively stretched out or do not contract too strongly and damage their tendons. 


Homeostasis
The human body manages a multitude of highly complex interactions to maintain balance or return systems to functioning within a normal range. 


Hunting response
When icing, a cycle of vasoconstriction and vasodilation that occurs if an initial application of ice continues for several minutes or more. 


Hyperemia
The observable reddened and warmed skin that results from increased blood flow.


Interstitial Fluid
The fluid in spaces between the tissue cells. After massage, when the muscles and joints are loosened, the interstitial fluid can flow more freely.


Ischemia
A reduction of oxygenated blood to an area of the body, indicated by pain and dysfunction. 


Knot

Layman's term for tight muscles and adhesions, and a word to describe the texture of the tissue, as well as ropey, bandy, etc. A spot or area that feels tense, tight, achy, and/or sore is often called a knot and is scientifically known as a myofascial trigger point. When muscle fibers become too weak, overworked, or positioned with incorrect posture, the muscle may become irritated, which causes it to stay contracted. When the muscle spasms, circulation is constricted, and lactic acid may build-up that further irritates the muscle. Adhesions may form around the muscle and fascia, further restricting movement. 


Lipoma
A benign tumor consisting of fat tissue


Lymph

The Lymphatic vessels branch into tissues throughout the body, similar to the circulatory systeme Lymphatic vessels carry lymph, a colorless, watery fluid that comes from fluid in the tissues. The lymphatic system is an important part of the body's immune system. Lymph transports infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes throughout the body and is involved in the removal of foreign matter and cell debris. 


Meridians

In traditional Chinese medicine, meridians are the invisible pathways in the body that circulate chi. There are 12 main meridians in the body, six yin and yang, and each relates to one of the organs. 


Muscle Energy Techniques
A broad class of manual therapy techniques directed at improving musculoskeletal function or joint function, and improving pain.

Oxytocin
​Oxytocin is released through touch, warmth, and affectionate connection. Oxytocin is the brain’s naturally occurring hormone of “tend and befriend," the molecule of motherly love and attachment, the neuropeptide of safety and trust that is the direct and immediate antidote to “fight-flight-freeze.”​ Source: oxytocin.com


Parasympathetic Nervous System
The parasympathetic system is responsible for stimulation of "rest-and-digest" or "feed and breed" activities that occur when the body is at rest, especially after eating, including sexual arousal, salivation, lacrimation (tears), urination, digestion and defecation.


Prana

A Sanskrit word meaning breath. It refers to a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy in natural processes of the universe that permeates everything. 


Prone
Lying face down.


Reciprocal Inhibition
The process of muscles on one side of a joint relaxing to accommodate contraction on the other side of that joint. Joints are controlled by two opposing sets of muscles, such as extensors and flexors.


Seratonin
A neurotransmitter popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.


Supine
Lying face up.

Sympathetic Nervous System
The sympathetic nervous system's primary process is to stimulate the body's fight-or-flight response. It is, however, constantly active at a basic level to maintain homeostasis.


Trigger Point
An irritated spot in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle that radiates tenderness. Trigger points "refer pain," or cause a painful area in the tissues. Sustaining pressure on this spot can enable tense or contracted muscle to relax.


Yin & Yang

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang are the two opposing forces in the universe. Both are equal and necessary for harmony and health. Yang represents such principles as strong, active, bright, and male. Yin is weak, passive, dark, and female.