Many types of massage are available to relax muscle tension, stretch the muscles to their normal length and improve muscle flexibility. Massage is also used to flush the chemical and metabolic wastes that accumulate in the muscles.
Types of therapeutic massage and related bodywork include:
Swedish massage: This light to medium pressure massage helps relieve stress, reduce pain, boost mood, and promote relaxation.
Thai massage: This massage type is an ancient healing system that combines acupressure, ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. Rathe than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched, and rocked.
Lymphatic massage: This massage used very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of the lymphatic system and reduce toxins in the body.
Rolfing and Hellerwork (deep massage): This massage involves high amounts of pressure and very deep tissue work to bring segments of the body into proper alignment.
Reflexology: This technique applies pressure to reflex zones on your feet, hands, or outer ears to improve circulation, reduce stress, reduce pain, and restore a natural balance.
Shiatsu: This therapy uses pressure applied to points on the body to promote energy flow and correct disharmonies.
Energetic massage: This therapeutic massage uses very light pressure applied by the hands and fingertips to establish an energy transfer that improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulates the immune system.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage can improve many conditions, including muscle spasm and pain, pain from injuries, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, chronic headaches, structural alignment problems, accumulated toxicity, lowered immunity and limited range of motion.
- Calms the nervous system by relaxing muscle contraction
- Improves bodily functions and mobility
- Increases lymph circulation to flush wastes from tissues while reducing tissue inflammation
- Reduces pain by relieving tissue impingement on nerves
- Increases blood flow through the tissues
- Enhances mucous drainage from the sinuses
- Breaks up scar tissue due to injuries and inactivity
- Improves organ function
- Slows/reverses aging
Cancer Massage / Oncology Massage
Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Cancer Massages can help reduce the side effects of conventional cancer treatments, reduce cancer pain, and improve quality of life and wellbeing.
Massage For TMJ
Massage therapy can help address the cause of TMJ disorders. Common caused of TMJ are jaw injury, arthritis, or fatigue from repeated grinding or clenching of teeth. Massage for TMJ can help address these issues and provide TMJ relief.
Massage for Back Pain
Massage therapy can provide healing and pain relief for people suffering from mid, upper, and lower back pain caused by muscle tension and strain. Massage for back pain can decrease inflammation, improve circulation, and reduce stress and muscle tension.
Massage for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia massage therapy focuses on techniques that encourage circulation in the muscles and increases the flow of nutrients while eliminating waste. For Fibromyalgia suffers, massage can reduce their heart rate, relax muscles, improve range of motion in joints, and increase the production of natural substances that act as painkillers.
Massage for Headaches
By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head massages can decrease the pain brought on by migraines or tension headaches. If massages for headaches are performed on a regular basis it can reduce the frequency and severity of headaches.
Massage for Chronic Pain
Massage can be a powerful tool when it comes to managing chronic pain. Massage for Chronic Pain will increase serotonin which reduces pain naturally, increase deep sleep which the lack of contributes chronic pain, increases range of motion, lowers anxiety, and improves mood.
Massage for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Massage is one of the most recommended types of alternative therapies to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It has proven effective at minimizing anxiety, minimizing restlessness, and improving sleep quality. Massage is also important for those patients that are not well enough to exercise because the physical manipulations of the skin and muscles help promote circulation.
At the Gentle Wellness Centers massage therapy center, we treat patients of all ages. While everyone can benefit from therapeutic massage, people who are subjected to a lot of physical or emotional stress, those dealing with chronic illnesses, individuals who want to slow aging, and people who desire to achieve optimal wellness should schedule massages on a regular basis.
MEET PETER (TAE) SHIN, LMT, LMBT, CLT
Massage Therapist, Pain Management Program
Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Peter Shin has over 25 years of experience in therapeutic massage therapy. He began his journey learning Asian bodywork techniques in South Korea, studying acupressure,moxibustion, and cupping therapy. His motivation came from necessity, as his wife had debilitating lower back pain and he was determined to seek relief for her. As a result from his efforts, she is now in good health and their family of four is flourishing.
Upon completion of massage school training, Peter became Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Although Peter performs massage therapy in several modalities, his special focuses are in deep tissue massage, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, reflexology, Swedish gymnastics (Sport Massage), Thai massage, and Lymphedema therapy.
From experience, Peter believes that to receive massage therapy on a regular basis is one of the best health investments an individual can make. Over the years of being a massage therapist, he continues to research and study the human anatomy and physiology as he finds the human body a mystifying work of art and healing. His passion and drive to keep learning about human anatomy and healing is what sets him apart from any therapeutic massage therapist out there.
In addition to providing incredible healing therapy to Gentle Wellness Center patients, Peter enjoys belting out his favorite tunes as singing is his hobby of choice.