Swedish Massage strokes
This Is the foundation for all types of massages and is used in every session. It uses firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation.
Aid in an athlete's recovery, rehabilitation and performance by providing sports massage therapy in coordination with other members of the team
A specific type of massage that focuses on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body. If the client requests it, it will often be used iin combination with the following techniques; Myofascial release, Trigger Point therapy, and passive stretching, to mainly treat persistent pain due to any type of musculoskeletal issues.
"Myo" refers to muscle, and "fascia" is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone, a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs and skeletal structures in our body. Muscle and fascia are united forming the myofascial system.
Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction or tightness to fascia at a place, with time can spread to other places in the body like a pull on a sweater. The goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue health by applying a slow application of friction to the affected area, therefore releasing adhesive tissues, resulting in increased range of motion and blood flow.
Trigger Point Therapy
This involves direct pressure on one precise area of a muscle to break the pain-spasm-pain cycle which often results in referred pain to other muscles. This pressure may be held until referred pain and tenderness decrease, then repeated. The result is an increase in blood flow as well as a decrease in toxins, thus breaking the cycle.
It will help increase flexibility, a range of motion to joints and helps prevent injury to tendons, ligaments and muscles.
A Prenatal massage differs from a regular massage by focusing on the postural and anatomical changes a women goes through during pregnancy.
Relaxing and therapeutic, prenatal massage offers benefits that extend from mother to child. A natural therapy treatment specifically designed to alleviate pregnancy-related symptoms and restore the harmonic balance of the expectant mother.
Pregnancy creates a wide range of physical and emotional changes, ranging from hormonal fluctuations to muscular tension and swelling. Studies have shown that massage therapy helps improve mood regulation and cardiovascular health when introduced into a women's prenatal care.
By reinforcing a woman's inner vitality and strength, massage therapy can accelerate the body's healing abilities, laying a healthy foundation for the bonding between mother and newborn.
Here at Alquimia, we will make it our duty to make all the modifications necessary, so that at all times during your session, you feel comfortable, safe and relaxed.
What does it help with?
Acupuncture, a medicine that is well over 3.000 years old, is one of the most
practiced components that make up Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Accepted by the medical community, many seek it to help with their health concerns in a more natural way, while others use it to compliment their western medicine treatments.
Acupuncture has a very long and successful track record of treating pain but that has changed dramatically over the years. The quality and quantity of research has grown tremendously, proving that acupuncture has a much broader application beyond pain relief.
It is now widely used to treat many other ailments such as other musculoskeletal issues, to psychological disorders like anxiety and depression, insomnia, headaches, digestive issues, cancer care (cancer treatment-related symptoms and side affects), women's health and infertility.
How does acupuncture work?
In Traditional Chinese medicine, it is linked to the believe that the vital energy, "Qi", that flows via pathways (known as meridians) that are distributed like a network throughout the body, has been disrupted.
A person's health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of this vital energy. Stress, poor diet, lack of excessive or overexertion are among the many factors that can have a negative effect on the free flow of Qi, thus causing the body's natural balance and one's health to become disrupted. Acupuncture engages this energy by the gentle insertion of very fine (hair-thin) needles at specific points on the body (acupuncture points) with the intention of restoring the proper flow, so that any dysfunction can be rectified, allowing natural healing to take place.
As for the western medicine's philosophy, acupuncture needles work as a physical stimulus. In western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. With modern technology scientists can now actually begin to "see" the body's response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI, researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system and release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. It may also stimulate other chemicals to be released, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
Acupuncture is not only beneficial on addressing ongoing symptoms it is also a great asset when used as preventative medicine.
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