One of the oldest forms of physical medicine, massage therapy has been used by medical professionals for thousands of years to help improve function of muscles and joints. Science has shown that hundreds of conditions, from arthritis to post-surgery recovery, can be assisted by using regular, targeted massage therapy to help improve blood flow and reduce tension in the affected areas. Even perfectly healthy individuals can see an improvement in energy, athletic performance and recovery time after surgery and injury by using a regular massage therapy program.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the soft tissues of the body (muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels) to achieve a beneficial response. 3D Wellness is the premiere specialist in the field of therapeutic massage in Toledo and Northwest Ohio.
Many basic massage techniques aim to increase the circulation of bodily fluids and clear the body of toxins, thereby achieving a positive systemic effect that enhances overall wellness. Other, more specialized techniques are incorporated to address individual problem areas by working very specifically on related muscle groups and soft tissues.
Prenatal massage can be an integral tool in reducing pain and discomfort for expecting mothers, and offers a natural way to help manage pain during pregnancy. It can also help reduce stress and has been shown to help relax both mother and child, while relieving a variety of pregnancy symptoms including:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Joint Pain and Stiffness
- Neck and Back Pain
By encouraging positive blood flow and circulation, it can also help re-regulate hormones released during pregnancy. Massage helps bring the body back into its natural physical and chemical balance, and in the process can help decrease the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improving your overall mood and feelings of well-being for both you and your baby.
Prenatal massage is a very delicate treatment, and should ONLY be performed by a trained and experienced prenatal massage therapist. Not every massage therapist is trained in prenatal care, and only those with the appropriate training should touch you and your baby. All of the providers at 3D Wellness who offer prenatal massage therapy have taken advanced training in the treatment and are certified to perform prenatal massage.
Thai Massage, also sometimes call Thai Yoga massage, is a full body treatment that utilizes various forms of stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and range of motion. By combining elements of yoga stretching with muscle compression, acupressure and joint mobilization to help free muscle tension in the body and improve both circulation and mobility.
Thai Massage has been shown to benefit patients with a wide variety of issues, helping relieve conditions including:
- Tension and cluster headaches
- Subacute and chronic back pain
- Muscle pain and spasticity
- Joint stiffness and pain
- Reduced flexibility and range of motion
- Poor circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Low energy and depression symptoms
Thai Yoga Massage is also usually performed fully clothed, and is an excellent beginner massage that can help introduce new clients to more advanced massage modalities. We have several Thai Massage practitioners on staff at 3D Wellness, and would love to schedule you today and help get your body back to feeling and performing its very best.
Relaxation Massage Therapy is designed to use gentle rhythmic kneading and pressure across the entire body to help promote complete relaxation of both the mind and body. This massage therapy treatment borrows heavily from Swedish massage techniques, and helps to eliminate buildups of stress hormones in the body. The techniques used during the massage trigger changes in the brain's chemistry, resulting in reduced stress and muscle tension throughout the body. Relaxation massage typically leaves clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even long after the session is over.
Relaxation massage has been shown to have a number of critical health benefits, including:
- Improved flexibility and mobility
- Decreased pain and muscle tension
- Improved immune system response
- Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
- Reduced feelings of depression, anxiety and stress
- Improved circulation and clearing of toxins
Each provider at 3D Wellness is a trained and certified massage therapist, capable of providing a fully immersive relaxation massage experience. Our goal is not only to help your body relax, but your mind as well, creating a lasting sense of peacefulness and well-being that endures long after the treatment is over. Regular massage therapy treatments have been shown to have a cumulative positive effect on the body, and we encourage all of our clients to get into the habit of routine, regular massage treatments.
Fascial Stretch Therapy
Scientific research has found that we lose about 10% of flexibility for every decade we age — that is, unless we actively work to maintain our range of motion. Since flexibility is concerned with the joints, keeping the joints limber through stretching has been a major part of exercise programs.
Most regular stretching therapy programs focus on isolating muscles of the back, legs and arms by holding them in a prolonged stretch. But in the past decade, researchers and therapists have discovered static stretching is less effective in extending range of motion. Instead they are looking to fascial stretch therapy (FST) as a more effective assisted stretching regime, yielding stronger and longer-lasting results.
What is FST?
Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle. Strenuous exercise, along with age, will cause the fascia to tighten. Static stretching cannot address fascia, but FST targets the fascia and assists muscle elongation, allowing greater range of motion, flexibility and enhanced performance. Typically FST is performed with the help of a therapist as the patient reclines on a massage table.
One major element of FST is traction, in which therapists open up each joint through gentle pushing and pulling that removes movement restrictions and creates space for more fluid movement of the limbs. Because of decompression, this dynamic stretching often leads to a noticeable increase in mobility upon the session’s completion.
Benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy
- Improved circulation
- Soreness reduction
- Stress reduction
- Improved range of motion
- Increased flexibility
While fascial stretch therapy is still relatively unknown outside of researchers and therapists, it has gained prominence thanks to pro athletes and teams who swear by its effectiveness. Many professional programs have used FST for years with promising results — including world and national champions like the 1996 USA men’s olympic wrestling team and the 2015 USA women’s olympic soccer team. But you don’t have to be a pro to reap the benefits of fascial stretch therapy! Anyone looking for a more dynamic stretch program for deep relaxation and rejuvenation is encouraged to experience the benefits of FST.
For more information about any of our massage therapies and which might be right for you, or to book an appointment with any of our massage treatment providers, contact 3D Wellness today.