Molly Brook Massage provides services that are both therapeutic and relaxing. Treatments include sport massage therapy, therapeutic massage, prenatal massage, infant massage, myofascial cupping, and/or relaxation massage.
At the basic level, massage therapy deals with musculo-skeletal pain and injuries, tension, muscular discomfort from misalignment, strains and sprains, muscle imbalance and tightness, neck and back pain, reduction in inflammation, increase in blood flow and restore movement in large and small joints.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, the massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you do not have to be a professional athlete to have one, it is also used by people who are active or train and work-out frequently and push themselves to the limit. The focus is not on relaxation, but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing physical performance, athletically. A combination of techniques are used. Facilitated stretching is a common technique and helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Being certified in pregnancy massage, the massage therapist knows the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs.
Myofascial cupping uses cups and vacuum suction that draws the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin thus providing a tensile force to the soft tissue system, which can be left in one site for a prolonged period or moved along the tissue. This form of massage therapy increases blood supply or fluid movement to the area to assist in recovery of decreased range of motion, reduces inflammation, breaks up fluid congestion, breaks down scar tissue and adhesions, and is a safe therapy for specific types of injuries.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Also known as manual lymph drainage, this is a technique developed for the treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery and lymphedema can affect as many as four limbs and/or other parts of the body. Lymphedema can result from surgery related to mastectomy, melanoma, colon, prostate or bladder cancer or damage from radiation treatment, infection or trauma.
As part of a therapy plan, a registered massage therapist will give the client remedial exercises. These include specific stretching and strengthening techniques that the client can do, both during therapy and on a daily basis to maintain therapy. Remedial exercise is part of the overall self-care program required for many massage treatments.
Hydrotherapy uses water in its solid, liquid or gaseous form, for its therapeutic effects. The term hydrotherapy has been expanded to include thermal applications which are not pure water, such as moist electric heating pads, gel filled heat packs, compresses, ice massage, and freezable gel packs. Besides Swedish and non-Swedish massage techniques, the therapist uses hydrotherapy and remedial exercise modalities during treatments.
Infant Massage Class
Adults are not the only ones who benefit from a soothing massage. Babies also find the gentle laying on of hands very relaxing, and even therapeutic. This is because, out of the 5 senses, touch is the most developed at birth, and there is research to suggest that infant massage has enormous benefits for helping babies grow and thrive!
So how can infant massage benefit your little one? It can help ease your baby’s tummy troubles and ease teething pain, maintain flexibility and promote health in your child’s functions, calm your infant when fussy and sooth them to sleep.
Infant massage can begin when your child is a newborn and continue to aid them as they grow.
One-on-One Individual Session
This one-hour session teaches you how to do a full body massage routine for your infant, as well as address any concerns you may have concerning childhood ailments.
Both parents are encouraged to attend so that you may both deepen your bond with your baby.