Therapeutic massage is made of of gentle to deep tissue pressure and applied accordingly. The aim is to release muscle spasms caused through exercise or stress, which in turn can help prevent injury, break down scar tissue, help eliminate the build up of lactic acid and aid in the recovery of an injury or after exercise. Sports Massage or deep tissue is the name for a common modality used which helps prepare the athlete before and after the event. This same therapy can be used on anyone that requires muscle tension release, increase range of motion, reduce trigger points, and the common injury of sciatic nerve entrapment.
Therapeutic massage is also great for those that experience migraines, repetitive motion injuries, muscle spasm, improves posture, etc...
Receiving regular massage and bodywork helps relieve pregnancy's unique aches and pains caused by extra weight, changing structural alignment, and hormones--not to mention the demands of work, home and family, Taking the time to relax and release held tension ensures more energy and a greater sense of well-being throughout your pregnancy.
Massage therapy improves circulation--which means better nutrition for you and the baby, as well as decreased swelling and varicose veins. Regular massage improves posture, muscle tone and flexibility, training your body for labor. As you learn to recognize and release tight muscles, you will feel better prepared for the demands of active birthing. Studies have shown that regular massage in pregnancy contributes to shorter, less painful labor and can reduce labor complications, medication, and interventions.