Neuromuscular Massage

This massage technique re-educates muscles and re-connects the mind/body signals via the Parasympathetic Nervous System (relax), using myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, and stretching techniques. A must for chronic pain, injury rehab, or for that deep relaxing massage you have always wanted or needed.

Swedish Massage

The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of massage techniques that are specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

The main goal of a Swedish massage is to help increase the flow of oxygen in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and can be an integral part of a regular program for stress management. Without increasing the load on the heart, it increases circulation. Another benefit of swedish massage is that it stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time.

Swedish massage techniques include: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions.

Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well being. If the phrase "I need a vacation after my vacation" sounds all too familiar to you, I suggest you try integrating a Massage Therapy session into your stay on Folly Beach. A massage at the beginning of a vacation helps alleviate travel lag, and one at the end sends you home with nice long relaxed muscles.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue is therapeutic massage using slower movement and increased pressure focused at the deeper layers of muscle in the body. Good for loosening chronic holding patterns and helping restore the free flow of oxygen throughout tense/contracted muscle tissue and the entire body. Deep pressure will also contribute to the release of endorphins.

Not to be confused with a massage where you feel like you are being pushed through the table. Our therapists go only as deep as your body will loosen and accept the pressure. Deep does not equal pain, you should feel lighter and free moving after the session.

Did you kayak too much over the weekend? Over exert yourself on the golf course? Tweak your back getting out of bed? A Therapeutic Deep Tissue massage session is great for pain relief, quick recovery from over exertion and rehab of an injury which is no longer in the acute stage.  Scar tissue is often dispersed with deep tissue friction as well as "working" out a "knot" or muscle spasm which has lingered too long in a person's body.

Deep Tissue work is best when staying within the 7-8 range on a 1-10 scale of intensity. Drink plenty of water before and after your session to help your body flush out unnecessary particles. Most of all, remember to breathe, as this is often the missing ingredient in a relaxed body.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is used to warm up muscles before an event or any intense workout you may have planned. The idea behind pre-event massage is to warm up muscles prior to enduring a heavy work out in order to 1)increase blood flow and circulation 2)prevent injury 3)prime the muscles to work at their peak performance. Once the muscles and body system are warmed up, stretching can occur without threat of injury prior to the sporting event.  Even though "hot spots" or trigger points may be present and crying out to be worked on at this time it is best to wait until post-event when deep tissue massage therapy is called for.

A sports massage post event is the best thing you can do for your body in order to prevent injury and days or weeks of soreness. Even if you are sore a post-event massage will be completely enjoyable for you - remember severe pain and discomfort is not the goal when receiving a bodywork session. Our therapist’s focus is to ensure that muscles are being treated with the utmost care, so pain is released and they are once again returned to full extension.

 

Massage Treatments

Massages are customized specifically for you at the time of your session. Whatever your preference, we can work together to create a massage that’s suited to your needs.

 

Mālama Massage Therapy

104 West Hudson Ave. Folly Beach, SC 29439

843-737-1792