Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage involving the use of hands, forearms or elbows during the massage. Long massage strokes follow the direction of blood flow toward the heart to stimulate blood circulation in addition to relieving muscle tension, increasing circulation, range of motion and enhanced relaxation. As an added benefit, Swedish Massage improves muscle injury recovery time by speeding up the removal of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. The increased blood circulation carries the toxins away from the tissues to organs such as the kidneys and lungs where they are expelled from the body.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas. Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure across the grain of the muscles while breaking up and eliminating scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage.
Sports massage is used for all types of athletes who train frequently. It focuses on the muscles relevant to the particular athletic activity. It can be used as a means to enhance pre-event and post-event, improve flexibility, help prevent injuries as well as prepare athletes to compete at their best.Massage can help the body recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise, and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning.
Neuromuscular, Trigger Point Massage
This type of massage is muscle specific therapy and is used to treat people with severe muscle pain often due to injuries or after an accident (aka "medical massage"). The therapist will use deep pressure to eliminate trigger points (painful nodules) in your muscles. Please remember that you may experience soreness the next day after your treatment. A series of weekly sessions may be needed.
The combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of a regular massage but is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. The aches and pains are so different, and so are the remedies.
Not only can Prenatal massage alleviate muscle strains and stress on your back, neck, abdomen, and shoulders, it can also significantly reduce anxiety and serve as a supplement to complete prenatal care. Book your appointment for Prenatal massage today or contact one of our expert therapists if you have questions or concerns.