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       Advanced Massage Therapy Clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan
 
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Each type of therapy technique offers distinct and targeted benefits. The massage therapist is proud to be well versed and highly-trained in a variety of techniques.

Swedish Massage (Relaxation massage)

swedish massageSwedish massage is the most common and best-known massage technique in the West. It is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridiens” or sen lines in Asian massage technique. Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are sliding/gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing aches and pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. A great massage for beginners or someone looking for basic complete body relaxation. Massage receivers experience significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells, that are part of the immune system. A boost in the immune system helps fight colds and other common illnesses.

Reflexology Massage

reflexology-massageReflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that relate to every organ, gland, and system of the body. Reflexology is applied to specific areas (usually feet, hands and ears) to promote a response from an area far removed from the tissue stimulated via the nervous systems and acupuncture meridian. The technique creates small muscle movements using primarily thumbs and fingers. The goal is to improve the function of organs and glands, and all systems of the body. Reflexology works with the overall function of the body by changing the soft tissue directly stimulated. Benefits include total body relaxation leading to the balancing of all internal and external body systems and improved circulation via stimulation to the nervous and energy systems. Reflexology helps relieve toe and foot pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis. It can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body.

Sport Massage

sports-massageSports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete's sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. Recipients have reported a positive change in hip-flexor range of motion as well as decreased muscle soreness. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.

Muscle Energy Technique (also known as Active Isolated Stretching AIS)

muscle-energy-massageMuscle Energy Technique is defined as a form of soft-tissue treatment in which the patient’s muscles are actively used, on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed therapist-applied counterforce. The key defining element is the use of an isometric contraction before subsequent stretching or moving of restricted tissues. It is used to treat soft tissue or joint dysfunction. Muscle energy techniques can be employed to reposition a dysfunctional joint and treat the affected musculature. Indications include, but are not limited to: muscular shortening, low back pain, pelvic imbalance, edema, limited range of motion, somatic dysfunction, respiratory dysfunction, headaches, and many others.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

myofascial-massageFascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to disease, overuse, trauma, infection, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, skin, and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and sense of balance. Myofascial release usually involves applying compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling.

Trigger Point

Trigger-Point-MassageSometimes confused with pressure point massage, this involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local pain and other painful sensations, such as headaches. Manual pressure, vibration, injection, or other treatment is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain. Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In some types of trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain.

Basic Shiatsu

basic-shiatsu-massageShiatsu is a Japanese therapy that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as acupressure and incorporates stretching. It also uses techniques such as rolling, brushing, vibrating, grasping and, in one particular technique, pressure is applied with the thumbs on the person's back, legs and feet. Shiatsu practitioners promote it as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression. This technique also produces an overall feeling of bodily relaxation and stress reduction.

Pre-natal Massage

pre-natal massageGenerally a prenatal massage client positions herself on her side, bolstered by supportive and soft cushions which are used to alleviate extra strain on lower back and pelvic areas. Depending on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy, techniques such as reflexology, Swedish massage, or needs-specific techniques may all be utilized. The benefits of prenatal massage are numerous. It has been known to relieve headaches, reduces stress, encourages blood and lymph circulation, relax muscle tension, reduce fatigue, alleviate backache, relieve leg cramps, reduce swelling/edema, relieve pain and enhance your sleep. Note: Recommended only for women with normal, low-risk pregnancies, unless given permission by physician.

Event Specials

 Announcement:

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Clinic Anniversary Special!!!
2 hours Massage for only $90!!!

*This special is only for Regular Clients. Ends November 30th.

 Clinic Hours:

Mondays - Fridays: 10:30am to 9pm

Saturdays: 10:30am to 6pm.

Sundays: Closed

Massages by appointments only.

 

New Client Special!

Welcome!  Choosing a good, local massage therapist is already hard enough.  Picking the one with also the best value should be easy.  Enjoy our discounted price for: 

  • 60 min massage for $50.00
  • 75 min massage for $60.00
  • 90 min massage for $75.00
  • 120 min massage for $90.00 

 

Sessions include:

A postural medical assessment, a range-of-motion assessment, and a customized massage.

Try us and you will find yourself coming back for more...

Free Birthday Massage

bithday1It is with great pleasure and sincere gratitude that A2 Professional Massage offers a FREE 60 minutes Massage! to all recurring clients in celebration of their birthday*.  Just call to schedule an appointment as the big day approaches and we will take care of the rest.  We truly appreciate your continued support and loyalty.

*Some rules apply

Referral Rewards

We love Referrals!  But we also love thanking our clients for spreading the word. Refer a family member, friend or co-worker and you will receive automatically $10.00 Discount! that you can use it on your next massage.  Just let us know it is from you or make sure tell your friends write down your name on their intake form.

*Please note:  Referral rewards can be combined with specials and be applied towards package or gift cards anytime!.