Types of Massage
The benefits of regularly scheduled massage:
Increased range of motion, resulting in better performance and quicker recovery
Boosts immune system
Manage anxiety and depression
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. However, it is a very effective treatment for anyone who is active, or engaged in repetitive activity. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used.
Swedish Massage Therapy
Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you've never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
Orthopedic massage is focused on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. The therapist may integrate a range of techniques to treat these conditions, ideally adapting his or her style for each client, as every person's body is slightly different.
Hot Stone Massage
Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Ashiatsu (barefoot massage)
In the Japenese language “Ashi” translates to foot and “Atsu” into pressure. Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight. The effects are longer lasting than traditional massage. If you like deep tissue, you will love Ashiatsu.
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman's individual needs.