SPORTS & REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPY
At Physionique in central singapore, we offer a variety of massage therapies that you can choose from, namely:
- Swedish Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage (Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release Therapy)
- Remedial Massage
This form of massage was invented by a Swedish physiotherapist named Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839). Through his work, Swedish Massage has become the basis of all forms of modern massage techniques today. Swedish Massage comprises techniques like effleurage, friction, petrissage and tapotement. This form of treatment aids in blood circulation, lymph drainage and the transport of nutrients to the muscles and tissues of the body. The resulting effects are invigorating relaxation!
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
As the name suggests, Deep Tissue Massage is a general term to include techniques that employ deep and firm strokes to target muscles and connective tissue called fascia. Deep Tissue Massage utilizes many similar techniques used in Swedish Massage, but the pressure is deeper and more intense. This kind of massage is focused and targeted at chronic knots, tightness and tension in the muscles. Some examples of Deep Tissue Massage would include:
a) Sports Massage
This is effective before, during and after athletic events, either to prepare for peak performance, or to restore the athlete to full recovery after the event. Sports Massage works deep to eliminate lactic acid buildup, break up adhesions and minimize chronic scar tissue. It also lengthens muscles which help restore range of motion, flexibility and greater elasticity of muscle fibers – all contributing to the prevention of future injuries.
b) Trigger Point Therapy
This is another form of Deep Tissue Massage that targets tender and painful nodules or knots in muscles that refer pain to another part of the surrounding musculature. Deep, direct pressure is applied to these painful trigger points until they “release” and soften. Trigger Point Therapy is helpful for anyone with chronic pain who is restricted in range of motion by the presence of trigger points that shorten and stiffen muscles.
c) Myofascial Release Therapy
The word “myofascial” is made up of 2 words – “myo”, meaning muscle tissue and “fascia”, meaning connective tissue. The human body is made up of an endless structure of connective tissue under the skin that is dense and woven, much like a spider’s web. It is this system that keeps and holds the body together. Myofascial Release Therapy seeks to release deep-seated tension and pain in the fascia, which when released, allows greater freedom of movement.
This is the ancient art and science of using the essential oils of plants, herbs, fruits, bark and spices to treat various conditions in the human body. Used in this manner, essential oils function as powerful, natural medicines. For instance, when the essential oils of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Ginger are blended together, their synergistic effect is used in the treatment of over-exercised, painful and strained muscles.
“Remedial” comes from the word “remedy”. The quest of the skilled practitioner of this modality is to seek for a remedy, utilizing any or a combination of all the above modalities to treat a dysfunction or imbalance in any of the soft tissues of the body.