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The Massage Therapy program offers students, RecSports members, and non-members a place to receive therapeutic bodywork at a reasonable price. Therapists on staff are licensed within their field of expertise. Several different types of massages are available, ranging from Sports Massage to Swedish Massage.
Deep tissue bodywork is applied with the intention of accessing the deeper layers of the body. Pressure is applied with the purpose of finding the resistance of the body and sustaining the pressure until the resistance is released. Deep tissue massage helps with chronic pain and injury rehabilitation.
Orthopedic massage involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation, and movement of soft tissue to reduce pain and dysfunction. The focus is on restoring structural balance throughout the body to promote both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. This type of massage helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. Post-event massage serves to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training sooner than rest alone would allow.
Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. The strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibration, percussion, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.