In this modality, direct pressure is applied in slow strokes across the grain of the muscle. The RMT may use their fingers, thumbs, or elbows. The purpose of this type of massage is to release chronic pain, inflammation, and address injuries by working deeply into the connective tissue and muscles, reaching the fascia blow the muscle tissue.
The aim of this technique is to release pain and address skeletal immobility by stretching contracted muscles, relaxing them, and thus improving circulation in the problem area. After a thorough assessment, the therapist stretches the selected fascia, guided by the feedback they feel from the client’s body. This technique is quite different from Deep Tissue Massage and can feel very light. Clients who are used to deep tissue will notice this technique is quite different.
The focus of this therapy is two fold. MET works to to relax and lengthen muscles as well as to release locked joints. The therapist does this by using the client’s gentle muscle contractions and by manipulating body positioning.
Pregnancy is a very special time for everyone in the family. For the mother, it means adjusting to a lot of physiological and emotional changes. Registered massage therapy can help alleviate the aches and pains—such as sciatica and lower back pain—that often accompany these changes. Research has also found that getting regular RMT treatments during pregnancy can shorten the length of labour and help speed up the recovery process.