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Types of Massage Therapy & Terms

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage uses a system of long strokes, kneading, and friction, percussive and vibration techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. It is used primarily for full-body sessions and promotes general relaxation, improves blood circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle tension. Swedish is the most common type of massage.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.

Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue releases 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 grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.

Reflexology

Reflexology, also referred to as zone therapy, is organized around a system of points on the hands and feet that are thought to correspond, or "reflex," to all areas of the body. Though the massage is specific to an area, it is intended to affect the whole body.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.

Hot Stone Massage

The use of hot stones during massage allows me to give a deep, penetrating massage as the stones will heat the skin, open the pores, and prepare the muscles by relaxing them more. The use of massage stones is also a great way to increase circulation in and around the area being massaged. Increased blood flow will help clear out toxins and assist in healing an injured or strained area. Hot stone massage is not only a relaxing massage method, but it also has many healing properties.

On-site Massage

On-site Massage, also known as chair massage or corporate massage, is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.

How will a Massage feel?

Massage on healthy tissue feels good, and the normal response is to breathe deeply and relax. If you have an area of injury or chronic pain, you may experience slight discomfort initially, but this should lessen in a few minutes. Let your therapist know if you are feeling any discomfort, as your therapist knows ways to minimize pain and she/he can make adjustments to make you more comfortable. Some people are surprised to discover that massage does not tickle.
Your massage therapist uses a gentle, but firm pressure, gradually preparing you for a deeper touch. After a massage session, most people feel very relaxed, and many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over time. Give yourself a few moments for your body to reorient before slowly getting up. Sometimes you may not feel a dramatic difference in your pain, however watch for changes over the following days, including increased mobility, pain relief, or reduced stress.

You are invited to come escape the stress of life in our soothing, tranquil oasis, where your body and senses will experience complete relaxation and rejuvenation. The massage therapy room is warm and you relax with the soothing sounds of soft music and the gentle trickling of water fountain.


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