Whether your just a little stressed or having specific discomfort, it’s important to know what type of massage will best suit your needs. We’ve taken some time to give you a brief overview of a few of the most popular forms of massage healing. This is really just scratching the surface, but as always we are here to give you more information and to dicuss your specific needs.
The primary focus of a Swedish Massage is relaxation using soft to moderate pressure and smooth flowing strokes to sedate and rejuvenate the body. A Swedish Massage is typically full-body with no clothing (or underwear only if preferred). Proper draping with a sheet is always used, and no private regions of your body will ever be uncovered. Creams, lotions or oils will be used unless you specify an allergy to the therapist. All therapists have their own technique, but for the most part you’ll begin on your stomach with your face in the cradle. Your neck, back and shoulders will be done first; moving onto the gluteal region, the thighs (inner and outer), lower legs and feet. You’ll then turn over (the therapist will help ensure that you stay properly covered) so your therapist can work the front of the legs, the thighs (inner and outer), the abdomen, both arms and hands; the neck, shoulders, and perhaps face/head and scalp. Swedish Massages are usually done for 60, 90 or 120 minutes.
Deep tissue focuses on specific muscles and other connective tissue. This type of massage can be very effective for chronic tension or injuries. Adhesions often occur within muscle tissues due to stress, repetitive actions, or injury. The point of deep tissue is to specifically treat these hypertonic areas and release the adhesions and general tension. A session is usually limited to 3 areas of the body at most depending on your need. In some cases, a Deep Tissue Massage can be slightly uncomfortable due to the sensitivity of the area, however, a knowledgeable therapist will utilize many techniques to relieve the tension/adhesion with minimal discomfort. If your discomfort is not bearable to you, please let your therapist know right away. Areas may be tender for up to 48 hours after treatment, but rare to never should you experience bruising or hurt worse than before your session. Therapist may use ice or heat to assist, but typically minimal oil or lotion is used. Disrobing will be based on the areas in need and should only take about 15-20 minutes per area of focus.
Trigger Point Therapy is typically, but not limited to use, during deep tissue sessions. Trigger Point Release follows a set of specifically known referral pains or sensations that come from completely different areas of the body. It is highly effective for headache sufferers, chronic pain sufferers and people who don’t seem to get relief from pains via other modalities that focus strictly on the affected area. As with Deep Tissue, it can sometimes be uncomfortable but provides tremendous results. Disrobing is based on the treatment area and minimal lotions and oils are used. Trigger points should be worked only a few minutes each, and good communication during the session is critical to proper treatment.
Sports Massage can be performed before, during and after athletic activities. The techniques are blends of various modalities; depending on the athlete’s needs at the time of treatment. A pre-event massage is very upbeat and helps to warm and loosen tissue in a broad aspect. This treatment usually is 15-20 minutes long, and provided at the location of the event; immediately prior to participating in the sport. Events that allow the athlete to take breaks are good for another 15-20 minute session that helps maintain flexibility, mobility and circulation. Post-Event Massage takes place directly after the event, and is critical for helping the muscles cool down properly, relieve cramping and provide circulatory and lymphatic balance. Maintenance massage takes places within days after the event, and specifically targets sprains, strains, soreness and mobility issues. Sports massage almost always takes place clothed.
“Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow.” – Wikipedia
Myofascial Release has proved helpful in chronic pain sufferers whom experience problems on a much deeper level have simply muscular. This modality treats several postural imbalances, pain, and pathologies. Technique is very subtle, with each movement lasting a few minutes. It is highly effective, and clients sometimes receive energywork as a secondary benefit due to the technique style. Treatments are 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes, and most often performed with client in non-restrictive clothing. Treatments are very specific and we encourage you to research a therapist well before undertaking this, or any other form of healing.
There are many other modalities that target a variety of healing for a variety of people.
- corporate chair massage
- pre-or-post natal massage
- hot stone
- ice therapy
- herbal infusion
- guided meditation massage
- craniosacral massage
- esalen massage
- geriatric massage
- pediatric massage
- infant massage
- lymphatic drainage
For more information on any of these modalities or to discuss your specific needs, please contact us at 630-246-0127.