THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE BY MARGO ANN SPAK HEMEDINGER, PT/LMT
Myofascial Release / Connective Tissue Massage
A safe and effective hands-on technique that involves using the hands to heat and stretch the underlying fascia by applying gentle sustained (prolonged) pressure into the myofascial connective layers of tissue where restrictions cause pain and decreased movement.
VETERAN / MILITARY MASSAGE
Veteran massage is an emerging field of focus that many massage therapists are choosing to enter. It is essential that the massage therapist receive proper training specific to the military population before promoting oneself as a massage practitioner for veterans. An understanding of military and warrior culture is vital for specific awareness of both the physical and emotional responses in order to best modify massage techniques to promote a positive experience for the veteran. Massage therapy has been shown to benefit both active-duty military personnel and veterans, especially in the area of relaxation and stress relief.
MASSAGE FOR SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS
Massage therapy can contribute significantly to the recovery of those who have been sexually abused. As awareness of sexual abuse has grown, an increasing number of sexual abuse survivors have been seeking out massage therapy as a way help them reconnect with and reclaim their bodies. And many psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors are now referring their clients for massage therapy. The massage therapist who has received training in this area understands abuse and the healing process, and will be prepared and able to respond in a knowledgeable way to aid the survivor in this healing journey and with the acceptance of safe touch.
Geriatric massage is a form of massage developed for use with the elderly population addressing their specific needs using a variety of techniques appropriate for the aging body. Modifications of traditional massage techniques allows for accommodation of medical issues, dementia, physical frailty / fragility, sensitivity to touch and other possible limitations. Geriatric massage is helpful in improving overall health and well-being.
MASSAGE FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS & AUTISM
For parents of children with special needs, the use of alternative treatments is becoming common, with therapeutic massage (TM) being one of the most popular therapies. Therapeutic Massage is one of the most widely-used alternative therapies in the United States, according to National Health Interview Survey data. For individuals with special needs and autism, massage techniques may need to be modified to address positioning needs, range of motion, and spasticity of muscles along with cognitive and behavior issues. However, no matter what the diagnosis, goal is to improve the quality of life and increase the functional independence of the individual.
PRE-NATAL (PREGNANCY) MASSAGE
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Prenatal Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
Infant massage is a type of complementary and alternative treatment that uses series of strokes and techniques that are individualized for infants and children. It is beneficial for all children whether full term with normal development, premies or children with special needs. Studies have shown that infant massage stimulates the circulatory, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems and can improve health, promote relaxation and sleep, and help parents bond with their children.