Types of Massage offered and descriptions
Swedish massage, the most popular form of massage in the western hemisphere, incorporate five different and distinct massage strokes: effleurage (light touch), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (compression), and vibration. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. Swedish massage is generally considered to be the most relaxing of the various massage modalities.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage, in general, is a series of applied massage techniques, used on those individuals who prefer a heavy, or deep pressure, massage, as opposed to a lighter pressured massage associated with a Swedish massage. Specifically, a deep tissue massage focuses on the bodies deeper muscle structures and fascia (fiberous connective tissue, running throughout the entire body, giving support and shape to the body) for the purpose of releasing tightness (adhesions) between the deeper layers of connective tissue, in order to relieve pain and restore normal movement. While it can be used on most areas of the body, deep tissue massage techniques are most often used to break up stiffness and tightness in the upper back, shoulders and neck areas.
Sports massage, applicable to athletes of all levels, from the weekend warrior to Olympians and professional athletes (but also beneficial to non-athletes) is a series of massage techniques, which focuses on the body’s soft tissue to reduce muscle and joint tightness and improved flexibility in order to aid the athlete to perform at their highest competitive level. A sports massage is often performed pre & post event so as to provide the greatest benefits to the athlete. A sports massage is also used to treat (athletic) injuries in order to promote faster healing and the reduction of scar tissue, which helps the individual maintain flexibility.
Couples massage is a wonderful way to relax together. During a couples massage two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, best friends or even moms and daughters.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many varied and stressful changes; physical, emotional and hormonal. A prenatal massage, which uses gentle touch and light to mild pressure, can help Mother’s-to-be cope with these aspects of pregnancy. A proper prenatal massage is beneficial, not only for the Mother, but also for her unborn child. A prenatal massage aids in relaxation, increased circulation, reduced stress, both physical and emotional, reduced swelling of the joints in the arms and legs, the calming of the bodies nervous system, which allows for better sleep, and aids in the reduction of anxiety and depression, related to hormonal changes during pregnancy. Often times, but not always, prenatal massages are avoided during the first trimester. However, permission from one’s doctor is always required before receiving a prenatal massage.
Chair massages, which are done with the use of specially designed massage chairs, are growing in public popularity, due to several factors: 1) Time length is usually no more than 30 minutes. 2) Chair massages are performed with the client fully clothed, which adds a level of comfort, and less stress, for many people. 3) Because chair massages are performed with the client fully clothed, chair massages can be done just about anywhere, i.e., home, workplace, malls, stores, airports, etc., which makes chair massages very convenient and less time consuming for hurried individuals constantly on the go. 4) Chair massages are done without the use of oils, lotions, or other lubricants, so there’s no greasy, oily feeling afterwards, and therefore, no need to shower and clean up, once the massage is over, allowing the individual to continue on with their day, unabated. 5) Chair massages offer a short, but much appreciated, respite from the everyday grind, providing much needed muscle tension release and relaxation.