Shanti Studio Wellness

Maureen Bruno Roy, LMT, BCTMB, RYT200

Massage + Muscular Therapy

Therapeutic and Deep Tissue Massage: Drawing from several techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, sports,  relaxation, and soft tissue injury techniques, the goal is to create a balanced treatment that is a custom fit to the individual’s needs for a deeply therapeutic massage.

A Deep Tissue Massage uses slow, firm pressure directed at the deep layers of the muscle tissue.  Deep Tissue massage helps to lengthen shortened muscle fibers, breaking up thickened areas and helping the tissue regain proper elasticity.  Deep Tissue is also effective for breaking down scar tissue and muscle adhesions, even on injuries that have occurred many years ago.  Proper blood and oxygen flow is brought back to the tight muscles.

It is normal for some soreness to occur after a Deep Tissue massage.  It is important to drink plenty of water after a massage session, but in particular after deep tissue work.  Some light stretching will help as well.  When done properly, soreness from a Deep Tissue session should not last longer than two days

Orthopedic + Sports and Injury Massage: If you are working through an injury or recovering from intense effort or orthopedic surgery, Orthopedic + Sports Massage can help speed up recovery time.  When left untreated, an injury or rehabilitation can cause a buildup of scar tissue, affecting injured tissue as well as causing tightening in nearby healthy tissue.  Sports Massage uses techniques to break down that scar tissue to prevent further pain and additional injury. A typical Sports Massage session will consist of deep tissue techniques as well as an incorporation of stretching and active or passive movement of the joints.

Prenatal Massage: Prenatal massage can help to reduce some of the physical and emotional stress that can accompany pregnancy. Benefits include: relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs as well as reducing some swelling and enhancing the pliability of the skin and underlying tissue.

Thai Yoga Massage: In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage, also called Nuad Boran, the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (‘Sen’) lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility.

Myofascial Massage: Focuses on the fascia, or connective tissue of the body.  When connective tissue is tight, underlying structures of the body are pulled, compressed or constricted thereby adversely affecting posture and causing pain and tension.  Myofascial Release uses techniques that work with the grain of the fiber to lengthen the connective tissue and help release superficial fascia from the underlying tissue.  Techniques are also applied against the grain of the muscle fibers so that scar tissue and adhesions are broken and fibers are realigned. Myofascial Release focuses on the muscle belly as well as working specifically on the musculotendinous junction.

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