What is the difference between Lymphatic, deep tissue and sports massage?
Lymphatic massage or manual lymph drainage, concentrates on the key areas of lymph glands that might be swollen. The key areas are behind your ankles, the back of your knees, your inner thigh muscles and groin, under your ribs and armpits and down the sides of your neck. Manual lymph drainage is designed to gently push fluid through the glands ultimately to drain back into your bloodstream under the left collar bone. Swelling around the left shoulder is an indication of overactive glands. Deep tissue massage is firmer and more thorough in kneading your muscles. The therapist might find knots or trigger points and apply pressure for a time. Sports massage is firmer still; including stretching, harder pressure on knotted muscles or trigger points. By pressing into a muscle and stretching the sports therapist will give muscles a micro stretch.
“Myo” means muscles, fascia refers to the white elastic stocking that contains the muscles and joints. When your brain sends a signal to one muscle a whole group linked by fascia starts to respond in sequence. Muscle strain or injury can upset the sequence and lead to tension or spasm in a few muscles. It is as if the brain decides to splint a joint to prevent further injury. Myofascial release engages barriers where the fascia tightens or finds areas of ease where the fascia feels more relaxed. A skilled therapist can hold and release the barriers enabling all the muscles in a chain to respond again. They can also work on the abdomen with digestive problems. As you breathe the therapist slowly increases the pressure, perhaps rotating or stretching deeper organs. Congestion around the gall bladder, small intestine, colon, womb and its supporting ligaments, and hernias or mesh repairs can all by inproved by myofascial release.
I choose on or more of these therapies when necessary depending on your needs.