Swedish Massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. This therapy is great for those who enjoy a lighter touch and are sensitive to pressure because it targets the superficial muscles. It’s great for joint pain, Fibromyalgia, circulatory problems, and headaches.
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relive deep muscle tension and connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses more on the muscle tissues located below the surface. Deep tissue massage is recommended for individuals with chronic pain, physically active in strenuous activity, athletes, migraine sufferer, and patients who have had physical injuries. It is common to have some tenderness following this type of massage. It is important that the client and practitioner communicate about what pressure is appropriate for each individual.
Therapeutic Massage is a combination of Swedish and Deep tissue, it is the most individualized because it focuses solely on the areas of concern for each person.
Pregnancy Massage is designed to treat the common discomforts for the mom-to-be. It focuses on reducing swelling, aching hips and joints, and relaxing tense muscles. The positioning of the client is dependent upon which trimester they are in.
How To Prepare For Your Massage:
Clients should reserve about an hour and a half for a brief medical history intake, massage session, and overall outtake. You should come dressed in loose clothing, something that is comfortable. You should also remove jewelry before your session. When receiving a massage, the best work is done by direct contact to the skin and muscles. Your body is draped throughout the session except for the area that is being massaged. If coming near mealtime, please eat light.
After your massage it is important to drink plenty of water over the next 24 hours to hydrate yourself. The water will help cleanse your body of toxins and reduce post-massage soreness.
You May Want To Bring: Comb, CD, Massage Oil, and H2O
What To Expect From Your Session:
After we determine what type of modality best serves your needs, a massage session is performed on your focus areas. You may pick a massage oil of your choice from my selection or bring one of your preference. The session ranges from a ½ hour to a 1 hour massage. During the massage it is the ideal opportunity to rest, relax, and breathe. The goal for the session is to assist your body’s natural healing process in alleviating stress, tension, and pain. When you are relaxed better results can be expected.
Benefits Of Massage:
- Alleviates pain and improves range of motion
- Ease medication dependence
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body’s natural defense system
- Passive exercise to stretch weak, tight, and atrophied muscles
- Help athletes of any level prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
- Improve the condition and hydration of the skin
- Increase joint flexibility
- Decrease depression and anxiety
- Reduce scar tissue
- Increase oxygen and nutrients into tissues and improve circulation
- Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling
- Reduce muscle spasms and cramps
- Relax tired and overused muscles
- Release endorphins to increase relaxation
- Relieve headache and migraine pain
Conditions Massage Therapy May Help:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Asthma and Respiratory issues
- Circulatory Problems
- Sports Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders