Pro Massage & Chiropractic is proud to offer expert massage services for a number of different massage techniques. Learn more about each type of massage therapy in Nashville that we offer and how we can help alleviate certain areas of discomfort. Whether you just need a day of rejuvenation from everyday stresses or have a specific problem or pain that can be alleviated with massage, our Nashville massage therapy experts will have you feeling better.
Not only do we offer massage therapy at our massage location in Nashville, we will come to your home, office or hotel, within 25 miles from our office.
Our Specialty — Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are sore, painful spots that occur in a muscle fibers. They are called trigger points because they “trigger” a painful response that often refers pain to different parts of your body. Trigger Point Massage uses concentrations of direct pressure on each trigger point to prevent cycles of muscle pain and spasms. This type of massage can be extremely painful while being done. However, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy usually provides some pain relief after just one session.
FreeStyle is a massage session catered to your individual needs. This can incorporate one or more massage techniques to achieve the desired result. The Nashville massage therapist will talk to you in depth before the session to design and customize your massage. This is highly recommended for clients who want relaxation, deep tissue, or a combination of both. This can include any and all of the techniques listed below except for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy. There is an additional fee of if you want to add Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy to your session.
Swedish Massage is the most common and best known type of massage. It involves long, fluid strokes of muscles and tissues with pressure that varies from light to medium to firm. This type of massage is considered to be one of the most relaxing styles. Your massage therapists will adjust the pressure according to your sensitivity and preference.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. The hour is focused on a particular muscle group.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the deeper layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Sports massage is the specific application of massage techniques, hydrotherapy protocols, range of motion/flexibility protocol and strength-training principles utilized to achieve a specific goal when treating an athlete. Notice my use of the phrase, “specific application … to achieve a specific goal.” So, how do you decide what application and goal is appropriate for a particular treatment?
There are different types of “Sports Massage” pre-event or post-event; during recovery; during a maintenance period; or when an athlete suffers an injury that requires rehabilitation. Technique refers to what application you utilize, and can include a number of different techniques: effleurage; friction; pettrisage; vibration; shaking; compression; broadening strokes; direct pressure; cross-fiber friction; range of motion; and stretching. Intent refers to your reason(s) for treatment: as warm-up; to increase blood flow; stimulate neurological pathways; aid recovery from exertion; increase flexibility; improve strength; or improve posture.
Prenatal Massage is a nurturing massage that focuses on the special needs of mothers-to-be during pregnancy. Positioning, pillows and cushions are used to enhance support, decrease pressure and increase relaxation for both body and mind. Mother and baby share in the benefits as stress and tension melt away, leaving you feeling balanced and energized. Relief of stress on feet, low back and neck, as well as reducing swelling, are all benefits of a Prenatal Massage. At Pro Massage & Chiropractic, prenatal massage is performed after the first trimester.
A therapist trained in lymph drainage massage stimulates the lymph system with extremely light, circular pumping movements. By stimulating the lymphatic system, the therapist helps drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body’s immune system, helps the body heal from surgery, and aids in the body’s natural waste removal or detoxification.
The lymph system is a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body’s system of blood circulation. The lymph system both delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins.
A gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain.
A focused pressure technique, on the feet and/or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body which correspond to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs.
Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines called sen, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply.
Traditional Thai massage rarely uses oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.
Table Top Thai Massage
Table Top Thai is a slight variation of an ancient massage technique. It’s A flowing sequence of systematic compression’s to muscles, coupled with assisted stretching, yoga-like postures while lying on a massage table. The therapist utilizes his hands, elbows, feet, and knees to move you into various stretching poses
and massages specific points within the body thereby increasing flexibility and releasing stress and tension.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client’s body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels.
Gua Sha or ( IASTM– Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
Gua Sha is a soft tissue massage technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua Sha is an instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to allow the client to regain function by breaking down adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a process in which the therapist uses a set of hand held instruments to break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions in soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves). This type of massage will increase blood flow.
Kick back and escape with a friend or loved one with our Couple’s Massage. Two people can enjoy their massage experience together, side by side in our couple’s room. A perfect way to enjoy some quality time together. This type of massage is ideally suited for special occasions, such as Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Valentine’s Day.