natural transformation

a holistic approach to health and fitness.

Massage Therapy 

We at natural transformation offer a variety of massage therapies. Below with have listed them with a brief description of each. Our therapist have many skills at there disposal in there session.  Making there sessions extremely unique and powerful healing sessions. 

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a very specific massage treatment. It is more of a slower and deeper pressure into the muscles.  This technique works on releasing chronic muscle tension, also for breaking down scar tissue (which may have been caused by a injury) and breaking down the fascia(fascia is a layer of connective tissue that covers muscles, bones, and joints.) 

Deep Tissue massage uses a combination of movements: 

  • Swedish Massage techniques are using at the beginning to warm up the muscles. This is very important aspect otherwise if not done the client can be in pain the next day.
  • Friction, where deep pressure is applied to a particular spot with the thumb, fingertips, or knuckles
  • Then deeper pressure will be applied by the therapist using knuckles and elbow's to "strip out" muscle tissue as far down to the bone as possible.
  • Positional Release Techniques , Muscle energy techniques and Trigger Point therapy can also be applied

Myo fasical Release Massage

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. 
Myofascial pain can have two sources. Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are 'bound down' by tight fascia. In addition, pain can also be generated from damaged myofascial tissue itself, sometimes at a 'trigger point' where a contraction of muscle fibers has occurred. In either case, the restriction or contraction inhibits blood flow to the affected structures, thus accentuating the contraction process further unless the area is treated.

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

There is also a network of fascia called the anatomy trains which link fascia from the top of you to the bottom. (fascia is a layer of connective tissue that covers muscles, bones, joints and organs basically everything in your body.)   Our practitioners are trained in the anatomy train system making there treatment more specific to your needs of your body.

Sports Massage 

Sports massage is the specific application of massage techniques, 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.

Sport massage is given: 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: Swedish techniques (effleurage; friction; pettrisage;) vibration; shaking; compression; broadening strokes; direct pressure; cross-fiber friction; range of motion; and stretching. 

This treatment can be used  for: 

  • As warm-up
  • To increase blood flow
  • Stimulate neurological pathways
  • Aid recovery from exertion
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve strength
  • Improve posture.

Dry Needling Therapy 

What is dry needling and how does it work?

Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.

Dry needling uses a very fine, solid filament needle to cause a small, precise injury or “lesion” in the tissue when it enters the body. The tiny needle induces injury signals the brain uses to initiate a sequence of events to replace or repair the damaged tissue with new, healthy tissue.

Myofascial Cupping 

Myofascial Cupping  is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a glass, plastic or bamboo cup is applied to the skin then the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscle tissue/fascia inside the cup. 

We at natural transformation use a the suction and plastic up method.   In order to allow the cups to move over the skin easily, oil is used then cups are places on the skin in areas of tender/tight muscles, trigger points, acupressure points and then either moved along muscles to ‘release’ or ‘strip’ fascia. Sometimes depending on the clients needs the cups are left in one position for a period of time. This is called ‘gliding cupping’. Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain or muscle/fascia tightness where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled. The cupping process draws blood from your vessels and into your tissue. Your body thinks it’s been injured, so the theory is that it ‘jumpstarts’ a positive inflammatory response, mobilizing antibodies to the area to try to heal it.

With this gliding cupping technique most of the time bruising doesn't occur, but it can happen. 

Trigger Point Therapy 

Like Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage focuses on specific areas of the body, rather than massaging the whole body. In this technique, the therapist pinpoints exactly the "problem" muscle and coaxes it with deep pressure to relax.

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. ... The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

Swedish Massage 

Swedish massage therapy is the most common known massage. The goal of a Swedish massage is to relax the whole body using gentle flowing techniques. The techniques used on the muscles in this massage are gliding strokes warming up the muscles and then applying slightly more pressure. Swedish massage can be just for relaxation but also can remove away stress and tension in the muscles

Swedish massage uses a combination of these basic movements:

  • Long, sweeping strokes, used throughout the massage. Mainly at the start and end of the massage. 
  • Muscle kneading and rolling, where the muscles are worked on just like kneading dough
  • Friction, where deep pressure is applied to a particular spot with the thumb, fingertips, or knuckles