The therapists at Convergent Therapies use a combination of the following techniques listed below.
Not all the techniques are listed, so if you have any questions regarding what techniques are utilized, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Many of these techniques do not require that the patient is unclothed. These will be delineated with an asterisk (*). If you are not comfortable getting undressed, please wear loose fitting clothes to allow for movement and stretching.
Smooth and relaxing strokes used to gently spread oil or lotion and relax and get the muscles warmed. This type of massage affects the circulatory and nervous system. It is used to get the patient used to the massage therapist’s touch.
Deep Tissue (DT)
Deep tissue massage simply means that the massage therapist works at a deeper layer of musculature usually closer to the bone structure depending on the muscles being worked on. The therapist may use their elbows or hands to provide a more firm pressure.
Many people believe that deep tissue means that it’s going to hurt. This is not necessarily true. All massage should be at a tolerable level. Make sure to keep clear communication with your therapist. The massage therapist should check in with you periodically to make sure the pressure isn’t too uncomfortable.
Deep tissue massage does, however, release cellular waste which may cause muscle soreness. To prevent this, drink plenty of water to flush out your system.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) *
Neuromuscular therapy works with the nervous system to allow the muscles to release. By placing specific pressure on trigger points (minor spasms within the muscle fibers) and breathing, the nervous system then releases the muscle by relaxing the signals going to that muscle fiber.
Myofascial Release (MFR) *
Using the palliative, visual and intuitive skill of the therapist to sense tension, restriction and adhesion in the body and by applying slow, sustained pressure to the connective tissue or fascia, the therapist facilitates a change in the fascial tissue, layer upon layer.