The scientific, systematic manipulation of soft tissues of the body to improve general health and wellness. A therapist performing Swedish Massage will utilize five basic strokes: effleurage (long, gliding strokes to improve circulation), petrissage (picking up and squeezing the muscles), friction (direct pressure), tapotement (quick, light striking movements) and vibration (rhythmic shaking). All of these are described in more detail on the following pages.
It is important to note that Swedish Massage can be performed with light, moderate or heavy pressure to meet your needs.
A light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. It releases tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy eliminates pain and stress. More detailed information : What is CranioSacral?
Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, which is performed to address specific complaints and pain, employing a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber’s of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Passive and active stretching may be used to assist the muscles in releasing adhesions. The purpose is to “unstick” the fibers of a muscle while releasing deeply-held patterns of tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. It should not be confused with “Swedish Massage done with heavy pressure”. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; it might lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
Therapeutic sports massage employs techniques to focus on treating soft tissue pain and injuries and can be effective before, during and after sports events as well as aiding athletes during training.
Anyone who participates in recreational activities and regularly stretches their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, tennis, weight lifting, yoga, strength training and aerobics can benefit from a massage. Even those who regularly garden or whose work requires much of their bodies like construction workers, dentists, and even musicians with repetitive stress to their bodies will benefit from Sports Massage. Techniques used may be deep tissue, compression, cross-fiber friction, addressing trigger points, lymph drainage, and hot/cold therapy.
Benefits of Sports Massage include increasing flexibility, reducing muscle stiffness, shortening recovery time, improving range of motion, reducing the chance of injury.
Addresses trigger points which refer pain to another area of the body. The therapist uses slow strokes at a moderate depth to loosen trigger points and lower the tone setting in the muscle to help the client stay out of pain.