Restored by Touch
RESTORED BY TOUCH MASSAGE & WELLNESS
Restored by Touch provides customized restorative massage therapy and lifestyle consultation designed to help enrich and sustain optimal wellness. This personal approach uses multiple modalities dictated by client needs. The two power house pain relief tools are Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Healthy muscles can take a lot of pressure without experiencing pain. When we allow the muscle to dictate the optimal amount of healing pressure, maximum release occurs. TPT creates a sense of muscle tenderness melting away within three seconds as the therapist maintains a constant pressure for eight to ten seconds. That hold procedure is intermixed with soothing strokes ushering in fresh blood and lymph supply to the area.
Active Isolated Stretching also allows the body to dictate the pressure. The client gives feedback allowing the stretch tension to say between five to seven on a scale of one to ten. The first sense of stretch pressure is level one; the client judges from there, This describes and average pain buster session, but all sessions vary for client needs at that time. For example, a client describing her headache as a level 10 will need very light cranial sacral techniques gently guiding the body to self adjust to a point where it will welcome TPT.
Our sessions are never rushed or mechanical. Appointments start in a relaxing tropical setting with a pre-massage health screening. This sets the foundation for a treatment plan combining various techniques targeting individual preferences, health issues, stress levels, career/job/lifestyle demands and existing pain/tension. Each therapy session differs from client to client and may differ between sessions for the same person. Unwavering is the commitment to implement safe techniques used to maximize clients’ highest well-being.
Regardless of modalities used, Restored by Touch always protects modesty by draping. This means most of the massage recipients body is covered by a sheet during the massage, and the sheet is adjusted with treatment of each body section. Many Techniques are effective with fully clothed clients, thus can be modified according to personal preferences. Work-place massage is an example where massage recipients are typically clothed during massage. Clients who prefer to maximize Active Isolated Stretching in their sessions wear stretchy long pants and stretchy shirt or tank top.
Some Benefits of Massage Therapy
·Maintain or restore muscle and other soft tissue health. Example, release myofascial trigger points (Trigger points – areas of high neurological activity, which refer pain to other parts of the body. Research has shown trigger points may be responsible for as much as 74% of everyday pain.) http://www.mmpa.us/faq.htm
·Increase range of motion and flexibility
·Improve immune response implied by decreased infections
·Manage stress, depression, anxiety
·Improve mental function
·Prevention – avoid or rid small problems before they become large problems. Chronic muscle spasms left unattended can cause irreversible damage as blood supply gets cut off from muscles and bones for example
One of the most common findings from research, including a study at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow, is that touch lowers heart rate and blood pressure. But how? Work at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, may provide an answer. It has shown that touch and massage can cut levels of stress hormones, which have been implicated in increasing the risk of a number of diseases. Touch many also increase levels of melatonin and of the feel-good hormone, serotonin.
“Massage is well known for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. And, a growing body of research also shows that massage therapy is effective for relieving and managing chronic and acute pain, a significant national health problem. According to the National Institute for Health, more than one-third of all Americans will suffer from chronic pain at some point in their lives, and approximately 14 percent of all employees take time off from work due to pain. Increasingly, massage therapists are being incorporated into pain management programs of hospitals and health care organizations. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has suggested massage therapy as one means to manage pain without use of pharmaceuticals.
Benefits of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
AIS provides all the benefits of massage with the capacity to reach deeper tissue and further increase range of motion and flexibility while opening up or restoring neural pathways. It also empowers clients to have more control of their healing as some stretches can be done without the assistance of a therapist.
More than thirty years of perfecting this optimal stretching method captures the body’s natural stretch reflex where one muscle group contracts activating a stretch reflex in another muscle group. This stretch is limited to an optimal range of 1.5 – 2 seconds allowing the stretch reflex to work efficiently and safely.
This technique has been used by therapists, doctors, and nurses worldwide. Its fame and rave comes from success generated by sports competitions in the Olympics, professional, and amateur ranks. Both athletes and therapists have used AIS to alleviate and prevent pain and injury. At a clinical level, it's promoted healing in people who are battling fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, stroke recovery, arthritis and much more.
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