Not All Massages Are Created Equal

mot all massageKnow how sometimes you walk into a room in the midst of a conversation and the part you hear makes absolutely no sense, or sounds a little creepy? Well, the other day had you heard me say “we’ll do anything you want, as long as it’s legal;” makes a lot more sense if you knew it was about the types of massage we have available here:

Swedish Massage is the most common type of massage. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, and tapping strokes, on the topmost layers of muscles. It’s used to treat sore muscles, tension, stress, and poor circulation. Swedish massage can be both relaxing and energizing.

Deep Tissue Massage is designed to get into the connective tissue of the body, rather than just the surface muscles. It’s best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff trouble spots in your body. It involves slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic. It can relieve chronic patterns of tension and help with muscle injuries.

Hot Stone Massage uses smooth, heated stones that are placed on and used to massage the body. Hot stone promotes healing by targeting the deeper layers of muscle through the use of the heated stones. It helps relieve tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation. Hot stones can be very soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.

Prenatal Massage, also known as pregnancy massage, promotes relaxation, soothes nerves, and relieves strained back and leg muscles in expectant mothers. Prenatal massage is especially beneficial in the second and third trimesters, when the extra weight in your belly puts a strain on your back. Prenatal massage is much like a Swedish massage other than the positioning. In the second and third trimester side-laying will be used. If done in the first trimester, which is not always recommended, pillows will be used while lying on your back. Our therapist has the special certification to be able to administer a prenatal massage.

Orthopaedic Massage is a type of massage which is focused on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. A range of techniques are used to treat these conditions. The massage focuses on problems within the musculoskeletal system. It can release tight muscles, help stretch shortened muscles and tendons, and decompress joints.

Sports Massage main purpose is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Sports Massage is normally associated with athletes, but is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. A Sports massage often includes various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point.

Neuromuscular therapy is applied specifically to individual muscles. It is used to increase blood flow, release trigger points (intense knots of muscle tension that refer pain to other parts of the body), and release pressure on nerves caused by soft tissues. Neuromuscular therapy involves deep pressure that is applied an area until a release is felt.

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