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Before your massage, Gloria will ask how you would like to plan out your session. She performs all aspects of running a massage therapy practice - including one of the most important aspects, being a technician. In order to fulfill your expectations, communication is key. Your time may be allocated to being in prone and/or supine, to the upper body only or full body and to focus on certain areas. The following information will help you understand your choices to customize your service. Please note, massage therapy can vary from one practitioner to another.
At Gloria's practice, areas that be may included are: scalp, face, neck, decollete, upper back or shoulders, lower back, hips or glutes, hamstrings, calves, ankles, feet, and quads.
Please, specify if there is an area that is tense, tight, achy, or sore that needs more time and attention. Gloria will focus on your specific needs in the beginning of the session for 5-20 minutes depending on how the session is planned. Most common areas include neck, shoulders, lower back, sometimes legs, and/or more specific spots.
Unless you specifically request Swedish or Deep Tissue, Gloria generally gives a medium pressure massage. The pressure depends on the pliability of the tissues and the particular technique being performed. During Massage Therapy, the therapist will usually check with the client about the pressure and respond to feedback.
After a massage, it is common to feel relaxed, sleepy, or sometimes a little dizzy.
Drinking water is recommended and beneficial. However, the idea that massage releases toxins in to the bloodstream is incorrect. Massage has been compared to a light work out.
Massage therapy can sometimes cause soreness in the following one to two days. After the soreness passes, the client usually feels better for a period of time.
If you have received work on an area, then icing may be a good idea. Use an ice pack or a bag of ice wrapped in a thin towel. Occasionally, shift the ice pack around the area where it feels soothing, but continue to ice the area until the numbing process occurs, causing the Hunting Response, (which is defined below in the Glossary). The increase of circulation to the area will help reduce soreness, especially after a good night's sleep.
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.
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).
The muscular contraction in which oxygen is taken in and carbon dioxide and water are produced.
The muscular contraction which is strenuous, there is not enough oxygen, and lactic acid is produced.
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.
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.
Condition in which massage is not indicated. Types include local and total.
Hormone that produces an inflammatory response.
The use of sheets to cover the disrobed client, with only the area being worked on exposed.
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
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.
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.
The human body manages a multitude of highly complex interactions to maintain balance or return systems to functioning within a normal range.
When icing, a cycle of vasoconstriction and vasodilation that occurs if an initial application of ice continues for several minutes or more.
The observable reddened and warmed skin that results from increased blood flow.
The fluid in spaces between the tissue cells. After massage, when the muscles and joints are loosened, the interstitial fluid can flow more freely.
A reduction of oxygenated blood to an area of the body, indicated by pain and dysfunction.
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.
A benign tumor consisting of fat tissue
Muscle Energy Techniques
A broad class of manual therapy techniques directed at improving musculoskeletal function or joint function, and improving pain.
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.
Lying face down.
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.
A neurotransmitter popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.
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.
An irritated spot in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle that radiates tenderness and pain. Sustaining pressure on the spot enables the muscle to relax.