What does it mean to Focus Massage on an area?
Taking 45 to 60 minutes to just focus massage to one area, for example the legs, the arms, or the back
What is the difference to regular Massage?
Focusing on one area means that I spend the time to get into all of the muscles of that area, as well as the fascia.
Depending on the area and what issues are happening I will use varying techniques to work through adhesions, knots and tension, with greater detail.
For example, if the focus area is the legs then I will work on the calves, thighs, shins, knee joint, ankle joint, gluts and hips (plus the feet if time allows). Both the front and the back of the leg are worked on with a focus to loosen muscle and fascia, release any tension in the muscles, apply passive stretches and movements, release restrictions in the joints...
While I may work one of these areas during a general 60 minute massage for 15 to 20 minutes, the entire 60 minutes is devoted to that area.
Why would I want to have a Focus Massage?
If your work involves repetitive movements, standing, walking, lifting etc. then your muscles that create those movements build up in tension and adhesions. Injury to an area can cause adhesions and some muscle weakness, if we're not using them due to pain. A holiday where you walk more than you usually would...any instance where a group of muscles are firing more often than other muscles in the body.
An example is the arms of a Massage Therapist.
What are the benefits of a Focus Massage?
Attention to overworked muscle groups helps to release tension and restriction in the muscles while giving fascia the opportunity to release on deeper levels.
Muscles used in repetitive movements experience a change of pace
As muscles and fascia release you will likely have greater range of movement as well as improved flexibility.
Many clients mention that they feel lighter and freer in their movements as well as experience decreased or no pain.