Modalities

Massage is a very broad field, boasting hundreds of different massage methods and practices, also known as modalities.  Here at Body Awareness, we rely on a variety of modalities that we’ve found will help our clients move better and feel better. Learn more about what we practice:

  • Active Isolation Stretching (AIS)
  • Corrective Exercises
  • Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Hypervolt
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Postural Restoration (PRI)
  • Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT)
  • Rapid Reboot Recovery System
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Whole Body Cryotherapy

Active Isolation Stretching (AIS)

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) allows the body to repair itself and also to prepare for daily activity. The AIS technique involves the method of holding each stretch for only two seconds. This method of stretching is also known to work with the body’s natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joins and fascia. The AIS method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.

Corrective Exercises

Corrective exercise is an exercise technique which is very different from other regular exercise programs. Corrective exercises are designed to make positive changes in the way an individual moves and they concentrate on the underlying cause of the pain, as the best way to eliminate pain is by eliminating the cause. Corrective Exercise is a type of exercise that helps in bringing the body back into its normal postural position. The body is designed such that it performs at its maximum level when it assumes a proper posture

Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR)

Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR (pronounced FACTOR) is actually a concept, not a technique. Incorporating the latest research and evidence-based soft-tissue techniques into a comprehensive protocol to treat common disorders of the musculoskeletal system and complicated injuries quickly and easily with impressive results.

Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

The FMS is a tool used to identify asymmetries which result in functional movement deficiencies. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during seven fundamental movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. Once these deficiencies have been identified through the FMS, a program of corrective exercises is then developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries.

Hypervolt

The Hypervolt is a state-of-the-art handheld vibration massage therapy device that provides rapid percussions to treat and relieve sore and stiff muscles. The cordless device is the ideal self myofascial release tool that is used to improve range of motion and provide relief to painful and stiff muscles. The Hypervolt also help to increase blood circulation and improve the overall health of the body’s soft tissue. Use the Hypervolt after physical activity to prevent any future injuries and relieve the pain of your muscles so that you can be ready for your next run, workout, or adventure.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, or IASTM, has become a generalized term to describe the use of any instrument or tool to massage, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue structures. Although there are several origin stories on where Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization started it was the 1990s when the techniques’ modernization brought IASTM into the western medical model of thinking.

Postural Restoration (PRI)

The Postural Restoration Institute position is that your body has a left side and a right side and that these two sides are not the same. Each side is built to move in three planes of motion: forward and back (sagittal plane), side to side (frontal plane), and rotation (transverse plane). Interestingly and importantly, since the two sides of our body are not the same, asymmetrical movement is produced. While asymmetric structure and function is inherent to our body’s design and thus completely natural, over time these asymmetries of movement can get too great and we end up favoring our right side too much, thereby making right-sided overuse our norm. This right-sided dominance and overuse leads to predictable patterns of compensational movement that eventually produce weakness, instability, and pain syndromes in common areas like the feet, hip, lower back, mid-back, scapular/shoulder, and neck. Learning to decrease our right-sided dominance while re-integrating our left side and then balancing true tri-planar movement between the two sides is the goal of PRI so that movement and breathing can occur without compensation.

Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT)

The Primal Reflex Release Technique™ (PRRT, pronounced “pert”) is a manual-therapy approach for evaluating and relieving musculoskeletal pain. PRRT is often able to accomplish in just seconds what joint mobilization and manipulation, trigger point therapy, and soft tissue and myofascial release can do over time.

Rapid Reboot Recovery System

Rapid Reboot compression technology speeds up your body’s natural healing processes by enhancing blood flow to your muscles to facilitate cellular repair and protein synthesis, boosting lymphatic drainage to relieve inflammation and reduce swelling, and mobilizing waste products such as lactic acid and excess fluids. What you’ll notice is less stiffness and soreness, as well as increased mobility and flexibility.

Sports Massage

Sports massage helps all people prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Emphasizing prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons that may be causing chronic pain or restricted range of motion. But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage.

Therapeutic Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”)

Whole Body Cryotherapy

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a sophisticated method of cold therapy involving three minutes of skin exposure to temperatures between -200°F to -250°F.
While this modality was first utilized in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatic diseases, studies conducted over the last two decades have established cryotherapy as a powerful adjunct treatment for reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation associated with a number of chronic conditions. Further more, cryotherapy significantly improves recovery time for athletes, treats skin conditions.