Mai - Wellness Massage
For Body and Mind
|Deep Tissue, Remedial and SportsMassage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle
tissue. It releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through
slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas. Also
helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue.
Our deep tissue massage in Munich and in Starnberg usually
focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during
or right after the massage, but if it's done right the client should feel
better than ever within a day or two.
Although pain can result of specific injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injuries, etc.),
RSI (repetitive strain injuries) and other work-related problems, the vast majority
originates in postural (structural) alignment problems that sometimes go back to
childhood and adolescence.
Many remedial massage therapists have attained additional training, which
usually includes more in-depth study and qualifications in anatomy and
physiology. This extra knowledge and understanding will enable the massage
therapist to carry out an assessment and provide appropriate treatment for a
wide variety of conditions. It is always advisable to consult a doctor before
receiving a massage for specific conditions which may not be related to soft
Remedial massage is based on the fact that soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) respond to touch. Most
pain is myofascial (soft tissue) in origin. Trigger points (sensitive points in muscles, which radiate or refer pain to various
parts of the body) can mimic many conditions. Muscles not only move our joints, they stabilise them, and they provide
armour for the internal organs, minor problems with these functions cause more pain than most people realise. Most
headaches originate in the muscles of the neck and head like angina comes from the hypercontraction of the chest
muscles, much abdominal and pelvic pain can be caused by trigger points in the abdominal and pelvic muscles and low
back pain and sciatic pain are far more likely to originate in muscles than in vertebral disc problems.
Treatment employs massage techniques designed to treat both deep and superficial tissues, not dissimilar to those used
in sports massage.
Sports massage therapy helps alleviate the stress and tension which builds
up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and
lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them
down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries
that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an
athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger (occupational, emotional and
postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and
often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point
response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu.
2. Event Massage:
Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess
muscle and mental tension prior to competition. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing
the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise.
Preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce
discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
For Remedial, Sports and Deep Tissue massage, allow half an hour for the treatment of the area affected. If you also
require a full body massage on top of that, you will have to take one hour and a half massage in total, otherwise it will
not be possible to do both.
There are three areas where sports massage is used to benefit
1. Maintenance Massage:
A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s
understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport
and which are likely candidates for trouble.
Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in
the management of both acute and chronic injuries.
Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured
and "compensation" muscles.
Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of
strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range
of motion during rehabilitation.
In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.