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Massage Therapy is more than just a luxury. It's a necessity.
Many people still view Massage Therapy as just something you do to treat yourself or as that "something extra" that you only do once in a while.
Types of Massage Therapy offered by Bernadette Niblo, LMT
Swedish - The "standard" form of massage therapy that includes all the basic techniques to provide an integrative whole body massage session generally with an overall goal of mental and physical relaxation.
Deep Tissue - The definition of "Deep Tissue" will tend to vary depending on whom you ask. It is a common misconception that deeper pressure equals more benefit and "if it hurts, that means that I really need it". There is a big difference between Therapeutic Discomfort and Pain. Deep Tissue Massage can range from a deep pressure Swedish Massage to very specific Neuromuscular Massage Therapy targeted at releasing specific points within a muscle or connective tissue. A good rule to remember is, "If you can't breathe through the pressure, it's too much."
Sports Massage - Sports Massage is difficult to define as it is not a set group of specific techniques. It draws from various methods that are combined with specific adaptations to the individual athlete, the demands put on their body by their chosen sport, and where they are in their training. For example, you would not want deep work that may reset your body's ability to judge distances prior to a competition nor would you want a massage that's geared towards relaxation while warming up.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage - Many people hear this term and their first though is, "Ewww". This method of massage therapy doesn't include puncturing anything or draining fluids in that sense. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very light form of massage therapy that uses the skin to open up the lymphatic vessels and encourage movement of stagnant lymph. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is mostly talked about when addressing Lymphadema but there are many more uses for these techniques. MLD is extremely useful when recovering from surgery or an injury, helping to detox the body, easing pain, and improving relaxation just to name a few.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
Fijian Barefoot Massage
Intraoral Massage for TMJ Dysfunction, Jaw Pain, and Headaches/Migraines