Massage Therapy in Concord

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Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a more clinical form of therapy that applies static pressure on myofascial points.  This technique helps to reduce the pain felt while recovering from injury, post-surgical, or to alleviate muscular cramping.  This technique manipulates the soft tissue to restore balance to the central nervous system, thereby reducing pain symptoms.

Relaxation Massage or Swedish Massage focuses on calming, broad pressure to allow the body to decrease tension, both physically and emotionally.  The aim is to create a relaxed environment while at the same time gently massaging the larger muscle groups, promoting blood and lymph flow, and encouraging the healing process.

Deep Tissue Massage relieves severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue.  It works on both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures.  The goal is to break down adhesion from scar tissue in order to relieve pain and restore normal movement.  Deep tissue massage is used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and employs a set of techniques and strokes to loosen the muscles and provide relief.  It is often recommended for those who experience consistent pain, participate in heavy physical activity, or those recovering from physical injury.  

Hot Stone Massage uses heated basalt stones to apply moist heat over the body, either by moving the stones over the skin or allowing the stones to rest on specific points to soften connective tissue and soothe muscles.  The application of heat conditions the body to receive deeper work by increasing blood flow to the area and calming the nervous system.  Therapeutic and relaxing, Hot Stone Massage is beneficial to your health and gentle to your senses.

Thai Massage is a combination of massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand, and influenced by India, China, and Southeast Asia.
Thai massage is often performed on a mat on the floor, and you are asked to dress in comfortable clothes allowing for free movement. No oils are used in Thai massage.  During the session you may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions to help stretch the muscles and mobilize the joints. The therapist will apply rhythmic pressure using thumbs, hands, forearms or feet.  This helps to increase range of motion and safely guides your body into open postures to release guarded muscular tension.

Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage is massage therapy performed during pregnancy, often after the first trimester.  It helps to reduce anxiety, reduce swelling, and promote relaxation.  This can lead to a lessening of joint pain, reduction in frequency and severity of headaches, and a better night's sleep.  Pregnancy massage relieves pressure on inflamed nerves by relaxing the surrounding muscles.  Many women experience significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.  Often the most comfortable and safest position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying.

Lymphatic Drainage is a type of gentle massage intended to facilitate the natural movement of lymph through the body.  The lymph fluid journeys through our body collecting metabolic waste for elimination.  Often lymph pathways can become stagnant, contributing to swelling, or in the case of sickness, the lymph nodes can become swollen as the body fights infection.  Lymph drainage uses light pressure and rhythmic circular motions to stimulate lymph flow.

Reflexology is the practice of massaging or applying pressure to parts of the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.  The practice is based upon the idea that areas of the foot correspond to areas of the body, and that by manipulating these one can encourage beneficial effects, or to improve general health. Reflexology improves circulation, relieves tension, and promotes the body's natural healing process.