Techniques

RMT’s have a wide variety of massage therapy techniques at their disposal to ensure each treatment is specifically designed to meet their clients’ needs and goals.

At Kathryn Hodgson Massage Therapy, the most common techniques I incorporate into treatments are:


Classical soft tissue massage techniques such as stroking, gliding, kneading, squeezing, wringing, muscle stripping, and skin rolling.

Specific techniques designed to reduce fascial (connective tissue) restrictions that can result from trauma, surgery, inflammation, postural imbalances, etc.

Trigger Points are hyperirritable small nodules or bands of muscle tissue that can cause a referral pattern of pain that is located distant to the actual muscle in which the trigger point lies. There are a several techniques that can be used to release these trigger points, including direct pressure, stretching, and ice.

Specific and targeted applications of heat, cold, or alternating both. At Kathryn Hodgson Massage Therapy, I frequently use a Thermophore (a moist heat pad), paraffin wax baths, ice, and cool gel packs.

This technique generally involves some work on the client’s part to contract certain muscles against the therapist’s resistance to aid in the correction of certain muscular/skeletal dysfunctions.

When joints feel like they are stuck or unable to move through their full range of motion, joint play and joint mobilization techniques take joints to their available ranges of motion but not beyond. Joint play and mobilizations are an excellent tool to encourage joint movement and health without pushing the joint beyond its available motion.

Very light, slow, rhythmical, and repetitive movements that are designed to encourage the flow of lymph to reduce edema (swelling). Aside from edema reduction, MLD is also an excellent massage technique for clients who can only tolerate light pressure.


Sources

Chaitow, 2013; Rattray & Ludwig, 2000; Travell & Simons’, 1999; Wittlinger et al., 2011.