Which Massage Therapy Style Resonates with You?

This is a continuation of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s recent blog on the three most popular types of massage .  Review each to discover which style of Massage Therapy resonates most with you.

Sports Massage – Focuses include: Event Preparation & Recovery, Injury Prevention & Treatment

Sports Massage Therapists help athletes perform their best and recover from injury more quickly   Sports massage is designed to keep the Athlete strong, flexible,  and competition ready!  Techniques  include therapeutic stretching, deep-tissue manipulations and heat, ice, or hydro-therapies. Sports Therapist combine advanced Trigger-point Therapy to release muscle knots, Cross-fiber techniques to reduce scar tissue, and Neuro-muscular manipulations to release ‘entrapped’ nerves.

Sports Therapists are usually in excellent physical condition themselves as the work they perform can be physically challenging.  Sports Therapists may work as part of a medical team, dedicated to a specific sports team, or in Physical Therapy or Rehab Center. Some operate as Solo-Practitioners working part-time with a variety of Professional, Amateur or Recreational Athletes.

Clinical Massage – Focus on Health and Healing

Clinical work treats the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and facia) of the body.  It includes myofascial release and trigger point therapies. It may also integrate Swedish massage, stretches, and hydro-therapies.  The goal is to relax connective tissues and muscles, increase strength and restore optimal function.

Clinical massage is used as a treatment for trauma, injuries and for chronic health conditions.  These include Arthritis, Cancer, Headaches,  Fibromyalgia and more.  Clinical massage usually requires several sessions to stabilize or resolve an issue.  It may involve interactive and advanced techniques to enhance range of motion and ease discomfort.

Approximately 60% of Clinical massage therapists are self-employed and work on clients referred  by a doctor. Others may seek employment at hospitals,  wellness centers, or Sports clinics where Massage is prescribed as part of a Holistic Health Regimen.

Offering more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses, Healing Hands is a favorite among SoCal Massage Therapist Employers.  No other massage school offers more opportunities for success as a Professional Massage Therapist. Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992”.