Modalities I use are Deep Tissue, Injury Treatment, Neuro-Muscular Therapy, Swedish, Fascial work, Sports massage (pre and post event), Reflexology, and Nerve mobilization. I also do Cupping, Ice Massage and Hydro-Therapy. As of 2011 I am endorsed to practice intraoral massage for TMJ and other jaw disorders including clenching of the jaw due to stress.
I take measures to ensure comfort and safety at all times during massage sessions. I try to create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation where healing can take place.
Single dose effects
- Pain relief: Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is cited as a major benefit of massage.
- State anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce state anxiety, a transient measure of anxiety in a given situation.
- Blood pressure and heart rate: Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate as temporary effects.
- Attention: After massage, EEG patterns indicate enhanced performance and alertness on mathematical computations, with the effects perhaps being mediated by decreased stress hormones.
- * Other: Massage also stimulates the immune system by increasing peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs).
Multiple dose effects
- Pain relief: When combined with education and exercises, massage helps sub-acute, chronic, non-specific low back pain. Furthermore, massage has been shown to reduce pain experienced in the days or weeks after treatment.
- Trait anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce trait anxiety; a person's general susceptibility to anxiety.
- Depression: Massage has been shown to reduce subclinical depression.