Aromatherapy, Lymphatic, Swedish, Sports Massage
What is the difference between Aromatherapy, Lymphatic, Swedish and Sports massage? Aromatherapy uses essentials oils blended to sedate, relax or stimulate your body while the therapists strokes your skin. It can create a sense of well-being. Lymphatic massage or drainage concentrates on the key areas of lymph glands that might be swollen. A tummy tuck, cellulitis, infection or injury might all lead to swollen glands. The key areas are behind your ankles, the back of your knees, your inner thigh muscles and groin, under your ribs and armpits and down the sides of your neck. Manual lymph drainage is designed to gently push fluid through the glands ultimately to drain back into your bloodstream under the left collar bone. Swelling around the left shoulder is an indication of overactive glands. Swedish massage is firmer and more thorough in kneading your muscles. The therapist might find knots or trigger points and apply pressure for a time. Sports massage is firmer still; including stretching, harder pressure on knotted muscles or trigger points.
“Myo” means muscles, fascial refers to the white elastic stocking that covers muscles and links them together. When your brain sends a signal to one muscle a whole group linked by fascia starts to respond in sequence. Muscle strain or injury can upset the sequence and lead to tension or spasm in a few muscles. It is as if the brain decides to splint a joint to prevent further injury. Myofascial release engages barriers where the fascia tightens or finds areas of ease where the fascia feels more relaxed. A skilled therapist can hold and release the barriers enabling all the muscles in a chain to respond again. They can also work on the abdomen with digestive problems. As you breather the therapist slowly increases the pressure, perhaps rotating or stretching deeper organs. Congestion in the gall bladder, small intestine and colon with connections in between, bladder, womb and its supporting ligaments, and hernias or mesh repairs can all by influenced by myofascial release.
I combine all of these therapies when necessary, except for aromatherapy. I was trained in it but developed a skin allergy to some oils.