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Lydia's Massage Therapy - San Antonio, Texas

Massage Styles

Swedish Massage: This is the relaxing, stress-reducing type of massage most people think about when they want a massage. Swedish massage includes gliding, kneading, and striking strokes as well as friction strokes, stretching, joint movements, gentle shaking, and rocking. Generally, the massage is full-body and is very relaxing and has therapeutic benefits. Swedish Massage technique can also focus on one area of the body such as the back if that is the client's desire. Swedish Massage sessions are typically 1 hour to 90 minutes, but can be shorter or longer as desired.

Neuromuscular Therapy: Also called NMT or Trigger Point Therapy. NMT is a system of soft tissue manipulation techniques that seek to balance the nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. This is one of the methods I use to help clients experiencing pain and it's very gentle and effective. Stated in simplest terms, I release trigger points in muscles, and help correct muscular imbalances that can cause pain and discomfort. Additionally, NMT uses soft tissue manipulations on tendons and other connective tissue to assist in muscle balance. NMT also addresses nerve pain caused by pressure from soft tissues including muscles, fascia, and tendons. NMT is effective in helping with conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD), Back pain, Neck pain, Scoliosis, Sciatica, Fibromyalgia (FMS), and Migraines.

Myofascial Release: This technique, while not strictly massage, is another gentle and highly effective technique used by the therapist to help facilitate release of restrictions in your fascia (a widespread connective tissue) that can cause tightness and pain. If you feel that you could relieve your discomfort or pain if you could "just stretch that area" then Myofascial Release could be just what you're looking for. The gentleness of Myofascial Release makes it the treatment of choice for many who suffer from Fibromyalgia, Functional Scoliosis, Lupus, and Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

Pain Relief Massage: This style of Massage is generally used in combination of Massage Techniques such as, Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Ortho-Bionomy. It helps improve range of motion from head to toe. Most often Pain Relief Massage is focused on the muscles and tissues most often used in daily activity or lack of activity such as sitting in front of a computer all day, standing on your feet for a long period of time or making the same movement everyday. The techniques used included in this style of Massage are very gentle and do not require much pressure helping you move better and feeling very relaxed.

Corporate Chair Massage: Chair massage, or Seated massage, is performed while the client remains fully clothed and seated in a specially designed massage chair. The massage chair allow the Massage Therapist to massage the client's head, neck, back, and arms in a typical 10-15 minute session. The high portability of the massage chair and the fact that client's are fully clothed means that massage sessions can be completed nearly anywhere.

Ortho-Bionomy: Ortho-Bionomy is a non-invasive, gentle form of bodywork based on the work of Osteopathic physician Arthur Lincoln Pauls. It is very effective in pain management and relief, correcting structural imbalances, and helping relieve chronic stress. Ortho-Bionomy works by engaging the body's own corrective reflexes within the neuromuscular system using gentle movements to positions of ease, and light compression of joints. Ortho-Bionomy may be used alone or incorporated into a more traditional massage. I've found it to be quite effective, safe, and relaxing. For more information about Ortho-Bionomy