Diane Aurrichio, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist/Certified Medical Massage Therapist
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Massage doesn’t just feel good. Research shows it reduces the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. The Mayo Clinic notes that massage therapy can be used to help manage pain.
Therapeutic massage enhances medical treatment and helps people feel less anxious and stressed, relaxed yet more alert.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. Some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Improved quality of life, particularly for people who have chronic health conditions.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep-tissue massage can help in managing chronic pain. It’s a specific type of massage therapy that concentrates on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body; and recommended by many doctors as a treatment option. By using deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes, deep tissue massage is used to treat a variety of physical ailments.
Benefits of Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massage was developed by American Dr. Janet Travell in the 1940s. The technique uses pressure applied to the muscles to relieve pain and correct dysfunction in other areas of the body. Trigger point massage is also known myofascial trigger point therapy, because it works on the myofascial sheath that surrounds your muscles, rather than on the muscles themselves.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
MLD is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
What is Medical Massage Therapy?
It comprises any of the above modalities, as determined by the Medical Massage Therapist.
I believe that every aspect of a person, body, mind and spirit, can benefit from receiving massage therapy. My mission as a Licensed Massage Therapist is to treat every individual according to their specific needs. Each session is customized to meet those needs by integrating various modalities of massage such as; Swedish massage, medical, deep tissue, and sports massage therapy into each session. I am committed to my personal growth and continuing education as a massage therapist and to working together with my clients to promote their education and participation in this powerful self-healing process.
Diane Aurrichio, LMT