Body Sense

Autumn | 2014

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Active Isolated Stretching: a method of muscle lengthening and fascial release. In situations like these, therapists with advanced training are great at providing safe and effective massage while maintaining an environment that allows a client to fully relax. DETERMINING THE LENGTH OF YOUR MASSAGE TREATMENT Your goals, as well as your schedule and your budget, can help you and your therapist decide how long each session should be, and the duration of your treatment plan. If you just want to keep that shoulder loose for golf with a massage during your lunch break, 30 minutes once a week through the season will likely do the trick. If you have a chronic issue with migraines and know that stress and anxiety are contributing factors, you may fi nd that a 60- or 90-minute massage every 2–4 weeks is most © All rights reserved by bekluvsbroncos Ashiatsu: a barefoot massage technique that uses deep compression strokes that glide over the body to provide deep relaxation while stretching chronic shortened muscles. The therapist holds onto bars above the head for leverage. Prenatal Massage: prenatal-specifi c techniques can reduce pregnancy discomfort and concerns, and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with, and care for, her infant. www.massagetherapy.com—your resource for all things bodywork 5

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