Types of Massage

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Wellness/Relaxation Massage

This type of massage is great for overall relaxation, stress reduction, easing chronic tension patterns and general, overall relaxation. Long flowing strokes will help to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and decrease stress. Relaxation massage is just as it sounds...relaxing! If you've never had a massage before, this is a great introduction to the experience and benefits that massage therapy has to offer.

Deep Tissue Massage

This type of therapy targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue and is used to release chronic pain and tension patterns that are so common in our society. The treatment usually focuses on more specific areas using deeper pressure. It is both corrective and therapeutic. This type of therapy is most effective when done with regularity. One session will help, but your body will change dramatically after the third or fourth session. By the time you have had six or seven sessions, you will be much more flexible and will understand the true value of regular massage.

Note: Deep Tissue Massage can be uncomfortable at times, but should never go beyond your pain threshold. It is important that you tell your practitioner when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside of your comfort level.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling at the University of Stockholm in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressue to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation.

Swedish massage employs five different movements:

  • long, gliding strokes
  • kneading of individual muscles
  • friction
  • hacking or tapping
  • vibration

    The therapist generally uses massage oil to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is done with the person covered by a sheet, a technique called "draping". One part of the body uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to another part of the body.

    Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy.