Who Should You Try Massage Therapy?
Massage and bodywork are great tools for relaxation, pain relief, easing muscle tension, improved circulation, decreased muscle stiffness, decreased joint inflammation, better quality of sleep, quicker recovery between workouts, improved flexibility, less pain and soreness and strengthened immune response.
Many of us can benefit from a massage — it’s a great way to improve wellness, help with pain and more. If you have a medical condition, you should check with your doctor and have a conversation with your massage
therapist. For those who are pregnant, a pre or post natal massage can help alleviate pain, swelling and alignment issues. Massage is also wonderful for babies!!
At Land of Light we combine different massage and bodywork techniques to address your unique concerns. The different types of massage aren’t exclusive from one another, it’s even beneficial to combine acupuncture with massage.
Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) Gillespie Approach
The Gillespie Approach, otherwise known as Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) is a unique therapy. This therapy combines the concepts of craniosacral therapy and myofascial therapy with the understanding that these two systems work together. The results are astounding!
Here are just some of the major issues that CFT can help resolve.
- Birth trauma
- Difficulties with nursing
Children and Adults:
- Recovering from head injuries
- Musculoskeletal pain.
CFT facilitates the release of accumulated strain in the fascial system to improve physical mobility and cognitive function. Unhindered movement of the brain, spinal cord, and fascial web are necessary for the wellbeing of all newborns, children, and adults.
Deep Tissue Massage
Your muscles can get tight from repeated use — even from something less active like sitting, driving, or hunching over your laptop. Deep tissue massage gets into your muscles and tendons to release that tightness. It’s good for people with injuries, general muscle tightness and chronic muscle pain.
Lymphatic fluid has several important functions, including maintaining fluid levels and removing waste products from the body. Lymphatic massage uses a gentle touch to help lymphatic fluid flow more freely through the body. Lymphatic massage is great for people with inflammation — including people with illnesses like arthritis, as well as people who have had mastectomies, which often involve removing the lymph nodes, that can cause lymphedema.
Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy originating from Japan. It uses a combination of kneading, pressing, tapping and stretching techniques. These gentle techniques aim to reduce tension and re-energize the body.
Shiatsu works with the body's energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee).
Pre and Postnatal Massage
Prenatal massages are great for helping moms-to-be relax and can help address the aches and pains of growing a baby. Prenatal massages are wonderful for taking pressure off the hips and can help with swelling in the feet and legs, when mom is relaxed and feeling well, the baby benefits too. Massage is very helpful in recovering from birth, helping mom come back into alignment and help balance her nervous system and hormones.
Infant massage has been linked to a number of benefits for both babies and their parents. Some of the main benefits include, bonding, nervous system regulation and brain function stimulation. Infant massage is done in a class setting to teach parents/caregivers to massage their baby.