Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
Kinesiology tape can be used both to apply compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling. Kinesiology tape improves athletic performance.
Unlike conventional tape which constricts blood-flow, when kinesiology tape is applied over a stretched muscle, the tape lifts the skin accelerating blood flow to increase the amount of oxygen available to the muscles, which reduces fatigue. It also promotes lymph drainage to remove toxins produced by the body during vigorous efforts or states of oxidative stress. These combined effects are powerful; they allow the athlete to go harder for longer periods of time. And unlike compression garments, kinesiology tape can be applied to very specific areas of the body that are sometimes hard to reach, such as shoulders, knees, and joints. Kinesiology tape also helps promote proper form by helping athletes coordinate their movements, which leads to efficiency. Kinesiology tape stretches just like your skin – wear it anywhere or anytime.