What is Integrated Muscular Therapy?
Integrated Muscular Therapy utilizes different massage techniques to address specific muscular tension and imbalances in the body. Muscular Therapy is not relaxation massage and involves active participation from the client. Often sessions are completed with the client clothed in shorts and a sports bra or tank top to allow for movement on and off the table throughout the session. Muscular tension and imbalances are determined through a combination of detailed client history, postural assessment tools and Active and Passive Range of Motion assessment. Origins Massage integrates Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Myofascial Release (MFR), Soft Tissue Release (STR), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and other Muscle Energy Techniques (MET). Feel free to click on the links below for more detailed information about each therapy.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
NMT is a massage technique applied precisely to specific muscle tissue to address chronic muscular or joint pain. NMT is associated with Trigger Point Therapy which refers to points on the body that will often refer pain to a specific areas. Trigger points are commonly thought of as "knots" or "adhesions", when in fact they are quite different. Trigger points can be found anywhere in the body and are sometimes associated with adhesions or tight areas of tissue, but not always. Releasing Trigger Points and treating individual muscles more specifically can dramatically reduce pain patterns in the body.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR refers to working directly with the Fascial system in the body. Fascia is a connective tissue that is found throughout the body, wrapped around individual muscle fibers, whole muscles, and even making up large parts of the tissue in our body such as the palm of your hand or your low back. Fascia is different from muscle tissue and therefore is treated differently in a massage. The goal of MFR is to release restrictions in the body coming from stuck fascial layers or systems. MFR is best done without lotion and involves slow deep movements to release restricted areas and increase range of motion. MFR can be effective for pathologies such as plantar fasciitis, compartment syndrome or fibromyalgia.
Soft Tissue Release (STR)
STR is a technique involving pinning the muscle tissue in a contracted position and then stretching. This can be done actively or passively, with the therapist moving the muscle or the client facilitating movement.
PNF and MET techniques address the muscle tissue as it relates to joint movement. The goal with these technique is to increase a specific joints range of motion by utilizing the body's natural physiological process. The movements are simple and can quickly and easily address muscle tension and pain with minimal effort.