A typical massage session will include a combination of different techniques to address your needs though you may request your session to be primarily of one particular modality.
Swedish Massage is the style that comes to mind when most people think about massage. It was developed in
The goal is relaxing the entire body and this is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Additional techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Lotion is often used to reduce friction and stimulate the skin.
Swedish massage is exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but is used to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Deep tissue massage uses strokes across the grain of the muscles, not with the grain as in Swedish massage. The more intense movements and techniques such as deep finger pressure may be slightly uncomfortable and cause soreness that lasts a couple of days before resulting in the desired relaxation and pain relief.
Great for anyone with soft tissue problems that produce any discomfort or pain.
A therapeutic massage that includes stretching and range of motion exercises. Therapeutic benefits of this focused massage include relief of sore muscles and tendons in the forearm and hands from blackberry, PC, mouse (over) use, for example.