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Deep Tissue is great for all clientele looking to get receive relief for specific issues. It utilizes much of the same techniques as other massage modalities, but a much deeper pressure is key to making this modality most beneficial with aiding in more painfully chronic problem areas. The focus is on the deepest layers of the muscle tissue's, tendon's, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). The term "deep" can vary between client and therapist so please provide feedback to the therapist in terms of pressure.
Another favorite for athletes or those that partake in any type of physical fitness. Sports Massage is typically a combination of deep tissue accompanied with stretching for specific muscle groups and trigger point therapy. A Sports massage is ideal to treat injuries as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.
For all clientele and by far the most requested type of massage. Swedish, "classic" Massage aims to help relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups. The Swedish massage is also considered the massage recommended for beginners. A typical Swedish massage usually consists of five types of moves: 1. Effleurage – making long and gliding strokes along the body. The rubbing and pushing of the muscles helps you relax plus reduce tension and stress levels. It has many other health benefits as well such as an increase circulation of blood flow to the heart. Great for the upper back, neck, and shoulders. This is the most common move used in many massages. 2. Petrissage – Simply put this technique looks like you are kneading dough. It works on your muscle tension. The kneading and squeezing motion of this technique gets rid of and smoothes out any sort of lumps or impure substances from the muscle. 3. Tapotement – This is the gentle pounding of the body like the motion you are drumming. There are many ways to form your hands for the drumming. The way you form your hand produces a different sound from slapping to chopping to cupping. This is a very noisy move and is usually used at the end of the session (if used at all), as it helps wake you up if you have fallen asleep. 4. Vibration – This is the rhythmic and rapid shaking of the body. Great for the neck and shoulders. 5. Friction – This is worked on your muscle fibers and is done using circular or perpendicular motions. It's a technique best used to break up knots. If you don't like deep work and need something more than a relaxation massage then try Therapeutic Massage. It's just one step up.
When pressed, trigger points feel like "knots" or tight bands in the muscle, and are usually very tender. Trigger points may refer pain both in the local area and/or to other areas of the body, and common patterns have been well-documented and diagrammed. These are called "referral patterns." Approximately 74% of the time trigger points are not located where you feel symptoms, and working on the area you feel symptoms does not give you relief. These referral patterns do not necessarily follow nerve pathways. Pain levels can vary depending on the stress placed on the muscle and any of other the perpetuating factors that keep trigger points activated. Trigger points can cause symptoms not normally associated with muscular symptoms, such as sweating, ringing in the ears, dizziness, urinary frequency, buckling knees, and tearing of the eyes. Trigger points may cause other muscles fibers to contract. They will also cause weakness and loss of coordination of the involved muscles and an inability of the muscles to tolerate use. People who exercise regularly are less likely to develop trigger points than those who exercise occasionally and overdo it.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques with Swedish massage. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints (edema), predominately taking place in the last trimester of pregnancy. This massage is usually performed with the client on her side AFTER the fist trimester. Other potential benefits of prenatal massage: Reduced back pain, Reduced joint pain, Improved circulation, Reduced edema, Reduced muscle tension and headaches, Reduced stress and anxiety, Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles, and Better sleep
All massage is therapeutic in nature because it affects the largest organ in your body—your skin. All massage will increase circulation, decrease blood pressure, and promote relaxation. The intention and techniques are what make a therapeutic massage different from a relaxation massage. A therapeutic massage is intended to affect CERTAIN areas whereas a relaxation massage GENERALLY covers most areas of the body. Many therapists use specific neural muscular therapy and connective tissue release techniques during a therapeutic massage. A massage does not have to be either a therapeutic massage or a relaxation massage. A massage session can be a combination of both. In fact, most massage sessions are a combination, making Therapeutic tied with Swedish Massage in popularity. Sometimes it can be a challenging balance, but the results are worth it!