Massage techniques

Depending on what your body requires Ci Cure treatments will incorporate some or all of the following massage techniques in a session.

Below is a brief description of these different techniques.

Deep Tissue Massage (DTM)

Is any form of massage that accesses the deeper tissues of the body to release tension and aid injury rehabilitation. Often mistaken believed for very painful

and penetrating, DTM uses varied techniques to ensure the deep tissues are manipulated without inflicting high levels of pain and discomfort.

Such indirect techniques are: compressions, cross fiber frictions, muscle stripping. and Cyriax Frictions.

Most Sports & Remedial massage will have a DTM component.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

Is concerned with releasing tension from the fascia of the body. Fascia is the connective tissue that literally connects our body together! It is found superficially and deep inside structures throughout the body. Fascia is best seen as a three dimensional uninterrupted web or network of tissue that surrounds the entire body. Because of its global significance in the body it directly affects posture. A restriction in one area of the network can lead to pain or restriction in another seemingly unrelated part. Because of its close relation to posture these restrictions may have taken years to develop leading to chronic, deep, and heavy pain.  MFR aims to "re-order" the fascia via slow and deep applications in an attempt to stretch the connective tissue and release restrictions. Gentle client movement is a key component to unlocking these restrictions.

Trigger Point Release (TrPR)

Trigger points are hyper-irritable taut bands found within skeletal muscle and/or within its fascia that can be painful on compression and/or refer pain to other

are areas in the body. They characteristically present as dull, aching pain that can reduce movement and flexibility, cause weakness and stiffness in muscles

and disturb sleep.  Pain and/or referred pain from trigger points usually occur due to muscle overload, and most commonly in postural muscles.

This overload can be due to sudden trauma, long term shortening of muscles, muscle fatigue, or muscle chill from draught. Other predisposing factors include: structural imbalances, postural and environmental factors, veterbral factors, endocrine factors, nutrition, and psychological issues.

Ischemic compression (limiting blood flow and flushing blood to problem area) is used to deactivate trigger points; always working within the individuals pain limits.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an East Asian technique that works at a subcutaneous level (superficial) to shift stagnant blood by drawing it to the surface.

This is done by scraping at the skin with specific spoon-like tools. A reddish, sometimes elevated skin "rash" appears where congestion is present.

This is known as Sha and are capillaries brought to the surface of the skin. No skin is broken when this technique is used. It works similarly to cupping

but on a much more superficial level. As oppose to working deeply Gua Sha is more like working from the "outside-in". It generates much heat over

the restricted areas helping blood to flush these areas and in turn aid muscle relaxation, mobility and better flow of Qi. The marks/Sha last 2-4 days. Individuals usually feel an immediate shift in their condition making this technique very popular.

Cupping

Cupping is an old technique used by the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece and China that predates acupuncture. Air is drawn from the cup to create a vacuum which can be achieved via the insertion of a flame or via a hand pump. Ci Cure uses the hand pump method. The vacuum suctions onto the skin pulling

on the soft tissue and drawing blood to that area (to the surface). Cupping is ideal for shifting myofasical restriction and flushing blood to compromised areas.

The suction level can range from light to heavy, and can be left on one site for a prolonged period or moved along muscle tissue.

Cupping promotes blood circulation and metabolism within the skin tissue, drains stagnant blood, flushes toxins, and stimulates the nervous system.

Temporary bruising can occur as capillaries are drawn to the surface. These marks will last 2-3 days.

Tui Na Techniques

Ci Cure uses a variety of Chinese Massage (Tui Na) techniques as part of the session.

These include rhythmic pushing and rubbing, grasping, pinching, myofascial rolling, knocking, shaking, tapping, tweaking, and vibrations. 

Positional Release​ Technique (PRT)

PRT​ is an indirect method to gently release tension from the body. Tender points are located on the body and act as a monitor to pain.

The affected tissue is then put into a position of ease or "slack" where little to no pain is felt. This position is held for 90 seconds. This causes the spasm to relax allowing inflammation and pain to dissipate. Once released the tissue is slowly returned to a neutral position where a significant reduction in pain and tension is evident.

Gentle Muscle Stretching & Breathing

Ci Cure uses a combination of stretching techniques that guide the body into movement and help maintain heat and healthy blood flow in muscles. 

Using Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) alongside yoga-tic stretches Ci Cure promotes stretching as important maintenance for the body.

The use of breath during a massage is an integral part of the Ci Cure session. Breath and how we breathe is closely related to pain and how we perceive it.
By guiding the individual through the use of breath with movement Ci Cure ensures pain is released and deep relaxation results.