Anisa is a nationally certified massage therapist and is certified in a number of modalities. At Spring Road, we offer Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, Reiki, Orthopedic massage, hot stone massage, paraffin treatments (not limited to just hands/feet), and myofascial release. Descriptions of the treatments can be found below. If you have any questions, Anisa can be reached at 717-243-5444.
CHINESE FIRE CUPPING: Glass cups are depressurized by putting a small flame inside the cup, heating the air and creating a vacuum just prior to placement on the skin. This brings stagnant blood and lymph out of tissue to be replaced by fresh blood/lymph, which renourishes injured tissue. It also treats musclular adhesions/fascia and acts like a deep tissue treatment.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
HOT STONE MASSAGE: Swedish massage techniques utilizing lava rocks that have been heated to approximately 110 degrees Farenheit in a water bath. Using lava stones allows the heat to be evenly distributed throughout the rock and adds a comforting pressure to the muscles.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.
ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE: Combining some elements of sports and medical massage, orthopedic massage integrates ten modalities to treat soft-tissue pain and injury. Emphasis is placed on understanding both the injury and its rehabilitation criteria. Three basic elements adhered to, despite the technical diversity in treatment, are assessment, matching the treatment to the injury, and adaptability of treatment.
REIKI: Reiki healing is a hands-on energy healing art. It was originated in Japan in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui, who had a life-changing experience of light and energy that he recognized as reiki--sacred life force--and that awakened his innate healing abilities. He developed a system of practices that enabled others to become effective healers. In a reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (ki or chi), places her hands on or just above the client’s body in order to activate healing energy within receptive points on the body. The practitioner’s hands move progressively with a passive touch through twelve positions on the body, remaining in each position for three to five minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, within the client and practitioner, healing occurs through the return of physical, mental, and spiritual balance.
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING DIFFERENT MODALITIES, PLEASE VISIT WWW.MASSAGETHERAPY.COM/GLOSSARY