Types of Massage
Swedish Massage is considered medium to light pressure. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long and slow strokes,kneading, deep circular movements, sometimes using light vibration and tapping to help relax and soothe tender sore muscles.
Myofascial Release is considered medium to deep pressure. It involves the therapist lifting up the upper layers of tissue known as “Fascia” in a direction that causes the therapist to feel for increases or decreases resistance.
Trigger Point Massage is considered deep to medium pressure. This massage focuses on specific area of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries, overuse and postural distress. These specific knots or “trigger points” can refer or send pain, numbness, tingling and or burning to other areas of the body. Direct finger pressure is applied to help break up the trigger point in the muscle and thus calm the adjoining nerves which refer pain.
Neuromuscular Therapy is considered medium to deep pressure. Neuromuscular Therapy is a form of manual physical therapy and trigger point therapy. The therapist may stretch a joint or specific muscle asking the patient to relax or resist the stretch. With this therapy the patients’ structural imbalances are taken into account. Pain and mobility issues in the body can come from postural dysfunction.
Hot Stone Massage is considered medium to light pressure. Smooth stones of different sizes are heated in water and are placed on the clients’ body at critical energetic points. The therapist will also massage with the stones. This session is great for anyone with circulation issues, general tension areas, or just wanting to distress.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel –practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Sports Massage is a style of bodywork that addresses the particular needs of athletes. Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events, as well as off-season, pre-season and post-season massage. The purpose of the sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Thai Massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work. Thai massage was developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.