Relaxation (Swedish) Massage
A gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help you relax.
Deep Tissue Massage
Uses slower and firmer strokes than a Swedish massage, to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is beneficial in releasing chronic tension and alleviating pain.
The goal of sports massage is to enhance athletic performance. The techniques used are similar to other therapeutic massage treatments, however, the timing of the massage (e.g. pre/post training, pre/post event), will influence the combination of techniques used during a treatment to achieve the desired results.
Neuromuscular (Trigger Point) Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction, either within the local area, or in other parts of the body (due to referred pain).
Connective tissue called fascia surrounds all the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment aimed at releasing tension in the fascia, and thereby increasing free movement.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF stretching uses an isometric contraction prior to stretch, to achieve a greater increase in range that would typically be achieved from static stretching. PNF stretching is typically administered by a therapist, but may also be performed actively by the client. PNF stretching incorporates both contract-relax and reciprocal inhibition techniques.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
MET stretching also uses an isometric contraction, but is undertaken from a position of 'bind' rather than 'stretch', and is administered by a therapist. MET is a gentler form of stretch than PNF, and particularly useful for clients presenting with pain, or hypermobility.
Kinesiology tape is a thin, elastic tape applied to your skin, that can assist in providing functional stability (i.e. you're still able to move with the type on unlike the traditional rigid tape), oedema/inflammation control, and increasing joint/muscle proprioception.