Incorporates Massage* to Increase
Learning Potential. Massage that stimulates the parasympathetic relaxation response is desired when working with students with ADHD, stress, or anxiety.
Cranial-sacral therapy: A gentle, non-invasive therapy which will free up any restrictions in the cranium or sacrum that could contribute to ADHD. Additionally, the movements used in this modality initiate the parasympathetic "rest and digest" response, as opposed to the "fight or flight" response.
Myofascial release: Bypasses the muscles by focusing on the fascia as one, large, connected system. Exceedingly gentle, the unwinding technique in Myofascial release activates the parasympathetic system. Similar to cranial-sacral, this will free any restrictions inhibiting energy flow, leading to tension release.
Massage stimulates the release of certain chemicals in the body, such as serotonin or endorphins.
* These types of massage are often used for a 15 minute duration during a regular MindMenders session, with parent permission for clients under 18 years of age.
A Medical Massage Therapy Center
In Massage, the therapist manipulates the muscles and other soft tissues of the body, often varying pressure and movement. The intent is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and decrease pain. As a Medical Massage Center, all modalities of massage are offered at BodyBenders, including:
Swedish massage: Long strokes, kneading, and friction on the muscles and moves the joints to aid flexibility.
Deep Tissue/Therapeutic massage: Patterns of strokes and deep finger pressure on parts of the body where muscles are tight or knotted, focusing on layers of muscle deep under the skin. Relaxes and softens injured, tired, and overused muscles.
Trigger Point massage (also called pressure point massage): Uses a variety of strokes but applies deeper, more focused pressure on myofascial trigger points--"knots" that can form in the muscles, are painful when pressed, and cause symptoms elsewhere in the body as well.
Shiatsu massage or Acupressure: Varying, rhythmic pressure from the fingers on parts of the body to promote vital energy.
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