My massage treatments are typically a combination of manual massage, the massage gun, dry needling, and cupping.
The elements involved are your choice.
My treatments aim to assist in reducing pain, stress, tension, and increasing mobility, flexibility, and overall performance.
I work with the mind and body connection. There is no separation between the physical, mental, and emotional bodies- they work entirely in unison.
Massage helps with sleep, mood, focus, energy levels, as well as it's physical benefits.
If you're not sure whether massage will help you, please ask.
I also can use the Myotrig massage gun.
Here is a brief description about how it works-
“The Myo-Trig accelerates and enhances the repair of muscle fibre by providing rapid bursts of pressure in concentrated, short-duration pulses deep into the tissues of the body. This enhances the flow of blood to different critical areas, allowing for pain relief and subsequently improving function and range of motion.
The Myo-Trig relaxes thickened connective tissue, helps to break down adhesion's and internal scar tissue, provides improved circulation in the veins and lymphatic system, enhances flexibility through gentle stretching, and increases range of movement.
How The Myo-Trig or Percussion Therapy differs from traditional massage is by desensitising the surrounding area of a sore muscle by shocking the muscle fiber gradually until the target area is penetrated. This way, with the help of a percussion therapy device, we are able to target specific muscle soreness without noticing a lot of the pain that comes with it. (Look up Gate Control Theory!)”
Myotrig founder, Jon Saks
How does Dry Needling work?!
On a biomechanical, chemical, endrocrinological, and vascular level!
“…mechanical disruption of the integrity of dysfunctional endplates, alterations in the length and tension of muscle fibers and stimulation of mechanoreceptors, increased muscle blood flow and oxygenation, and endogenous opioid release affecting peripheral and central sensitization, among others.”
It breaks the skin barrier-
This stimulates the production of histamines, which then brings in bradicynin (a vasodilator, to expand the blood vessels and improve circulation to the area), which means that blood with leucocytes floods the area (leucocytes are white blood cells that work in the body to remove bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. In dry needling they work to “clean up” the damaged tissues in the area of pain).
All of that then creates a small local inflammatory response, and stimulates circulation, which might feel a bit like when you’ve had a pump at a gym session.
Just like when you’ve had a hard workout, your circulation improves to the area you were working on, to grow the muscles bigger and stronger. This also explains why you can feel a little bit sore after dry needling.
It stimulates circulation-
This means that there’s a lot of fresh and nutrient blood rushing around the area where the needling was performed. It might get a little bit red, maybe itchy, or you mightn’t feel anything at all. Just because you don’t feel something, doesn’t mean your body isn’t responding.
Circulation is going to be improved, and this can help especially in chronic injuries that your body might have given up on trying to heal.
Local twitch response causes a fast contraction followed by relaxation-
Some studies argue that having a local twitch response at the site where the needle was inserted, especially into a sore trigger point, works to cause a fast contraction followed immediately by significant relaxation, thus releasing tension and relaxing that area.
Other hormonal reactions- If you’re like me, you’ll get a little rush of endorphins when the needles are inserted. Endorphins alter and slow your response to pain, and they increase blood supply. As mentioned earlier, an increased blood supply is useful for healing an area and oxygenating the tissues.
This improved circulation can help with scar tissue reformation (in any soft tissue, this includes, muscles, and also skin- for example facial scarring from acne or sutures).
One more cool little technique-
…is when the needle has been inserted, you can spin it gently. This wraps the fascia and soft tissue around the needle, which is essentially stretching it a little without you having to make any effort at all! This means when I unspin the needle, you’ve had a nice little stretch.
How does Cupping work?
Again with the circulation-
The negative pressure (suction effect) of cupping is like a mechanical vasodilator, sucking and opening the vessels where the cups are applied.
The little bruises that sometimes occur are because of the strength of the suction.
And the microtrauma- The little damaged vessels and pulled soft tissue is just like stretching and working out too. Where the tissues experience the microtrauma, all that blood rushes in to heal the area and rebuild it more strongly and healthily. The direction that I move the cups around helps to align the tissues.
For example if you’ve had an area that’s rushed to heal, and therefore hasn’t had time to align the fibres in the most effective way, it might look and feel knotty, bumpy, and not smooth. When I used the cups to pull the muscles into straight, more effective and efficient alignment, they can function better!
Massage during pregnancy is specially tailored to each client and can be purely for relaxation, or for more serious pain issues.
Like all my treatments, a combination of massage, needling, cupping, and the massage gun is all your choice.