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 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).
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone therapy is a specialist massage that uses smooth, flat, heated basalt stones that are positioned along your spine, in the palms of your hands, along your legs and between the toes. Typically from river beds, basalt stones are used for massage as they have a rich iron content that retains heat. Cold marble stones are often used in the treatment to help aid with detoxing and healing the body. Your therapist will warm the stones in water until they are within the precise temperature range of between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. A hot stone massage may begin with a traditional Swedish massage technique to prepare your muscles. Your therapist will then place the warm stones on key acupressure points on your body. The stones warm and relax your muscles, allowing deeper pressure to be applied during your massage.
Using massage oil and a combination of strokes and techniques, your spa therapist will massage your neck, back, arms and legs, with and without the stones. You should always tell your spa therapist if the stones are too warm or the pressure is too intense.
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.
The lymphatic system is a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body’s system of blood circulation. Lymph fluid contains infection fighting and injury healing white blood cells which help carry away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins.
Our method incorporates manual lymphatic drainage with Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM). One of our trained massage therapists performs a specialized style of massage to stimulate your lymphatic system with extremely light, circular pumping movements. This opens the main lymphatic ducts, allowing the lymph fluid to flow into waste receptacles in the body. By stimulating the lymphatic system, the therapist along with FSM helps drain puffy inflamed tissues, supports the body’s immune system, helps the body heal more effectively from surgery, and aids in the body’s natural waste removal or detoxification process.