Wilmington Acupuncture and Counseling Center offering Acupuncture, Counseling and Massage to the Wilmington,NC area.
Lumina Station: 1904 Eastwood Road - Suite 309, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-509-0444
Wilmington Acupuncture & Counseling Center
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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the systematic therapeutic manipulation of the body's soft tissues, promoting good health by boosting the body's own processes.  Research has shown that some of the potential benefits of this therapeutic procedure can be increased blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, relaxation, range of motion, fat metabolism, and psychological well-being.  Benefits can also include decreased fatigue, body fat percentage, stress/anxiety, and toxicity.

The Center provides licensed massage therapists who customize body work to meet individual needs.  Massage techniques include deep tissue,  Swedish, neuromuscular therapy, balance touch therapy, and heated stone therapy.

Swedish Massage
The purpose of Swedish massage is to improve circulation and release toxins from the muscles. Developed by Swedish physiologist Henrik Ling, this type of massage refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Techniques used in this massage include long gliding strokes; kneading of individual muscles; friction (circular pressure using fingers, thumbs or the palms of hands); hacking or tapping; and vibration.

The benefits of Swedish massage are varied. Massage serves as an emotional and physical stress reducer. Circulation is increased without increasing heart load. Muscular strain recovery time is shortened by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. Swedish massage stimulates the skin and nervous system as well as stretching the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and pliable.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the areas of concentration either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons, and fascia. Adhesions (bands of rigid, painful tissue) develop when chronic muscle tension occurs and blocks circulation, causing pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage breaks down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

Unlike Swedish massage (used for relaxation) deep tissue massage usually focuses on specific problems. Some of these problems include (but are not limited to):  muscle spasms or tension, osteoarthritis pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain, injury recovery, postural problems, and fibromyalgia.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. A thorough understanding of the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the skeletal and muscular systems is necessary to perform this technique. Therapists manipulate the body’s soft tissues (tendons, connective tissue, and muscles) using their thumbs, fingertips, elbows, and forearms. Rapid nerve impulses transmitted as a result of trauma or stress are slowed down; and the central nervous system is brought back into balance.

Neuromuscular therapy is used to maintain normal body balance by stabilizing low levels of neurological activity. Some causes of pain disrupting this balance are:  nerve compression or entrapment, postural distortion, imbalance of the musculoskeletal system, ischemia (hypersensitivity to touch caused by the lack of blood supply to soft tissues), and trigger points (highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body).

Dry Cupping

Dry Cupping is performed by applying a small plastic cup to the skin's surface, and using a hand pump to create suction. Typically, cups are applied to areas of pain. With varying degrees of suction, cupping can stimulate the flow of blood and lymph to promote healing.

Hot Stone Massage

Combining a custom massage with the application of heated smooth stones to areas of tension in the body can be a great way to manage stress, increase relaxation, relieve pain and improve circulation and energy flow.