Below are popular massage techniques explained to help you better understand their applications and assist you in determining which technique you would like to experience.
DEEP TISSUE: Deep tissue focuses on the release of muscle tension and chronic knots (aka adhesions). Deep tissue massage can break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue. The inflammation and toxins contribute to pain and stress. Deep Tissue Massage breaks up and releases the built-up toxins by loosening the muscles. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through one’s body. Being properly hydrated before you go to your massage appointment and drinking plenty of water after one of these massages is highly recommended.
ECLECTIC MASSAGE (CUSTOM): A combination of massages that can involve two or more therapies specifically targeted for the client’s specific needs. Highly popular among experienced clients. Each person responds differently to massage and there isn’t just one style which is best for all. This is where the professional experience of the therapist is best used. The therapist’s ability to understand the needs of the client and deliver the desired results.
SPORTS MASSAGE: Sports Massage is a special form of massage used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility, and to prevent injuries. Athletes have discovered that specially designed massage improves their endurance, and prepares them to compete at their absolute best.
REFLEXOLOGY: Reflexology is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to the feet and sometimes to the hands to stimulate the flow of healing energy throughout the body. Reflexology cleanses your body and gets your natural energy flowing the way it should. The benefits of reflexology can normalize the glands and reduce physical as well as emotional tension.
NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE: This is actually a form of deep tissue massage that is applied to the individual muscles. However, the main purpose of the massage techniques involved here is to increase the blood and lymphatic flow, while reducing the pain and release pressure trapped on the nerves. It is used to locate and release spasms and contractions in the tissues; eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain; restore flexibility to the tissues and rebuild the strength of injured tissues.
PREGNANCY MASSAGE: A specially designed soothing massage for the expectant mother. The focus is on relaxing and comforting the lower back and legs to improve circulation. It eases the aches and pains associated with the additional weight, reduces stress, reduces swelling by increasing blood and lymph circulation, and it can also ease labor pain. The therapist works with women at all stages of pregnancy, from the first few months of pregnancy all the way through the postpartum months.
RAINDROP THERAPY: Raindrop technique is a highly therapeutic massage using nine different therapeutic grade essential oils (Valor, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Marjoram, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Aroma Siez). These oils are dispensed like little drops of rain and very lightly massaged along the vertebrae and back muscles and on the back of the feet. After the oils are applied by a feathering technique, several different massage techniques are incorporated to release muscle tension and relaxed the spine. Raindrop Therapy is safe and noninvasive, highly antimicrobial, highly antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
SWEDISH MASSAGE: The Swedish massage technique involves the use of kneading, tapping, or calming strokes applied to the entire body to loosen sore joints and relieve muscle tension and pain. What makes the Swedish massage unique is that it involves five major beneficial strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration. Although each of these strokes differ according to their movements and target points, all of them are developed to promote an ultimate feeling of being pampered.
There is one particular purpose that the Swedish massage is strongly holding – to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood and release toxins that were trapped in the muscles. With this purpose alone, the Swedish massage highly works to shorten the recovery time from muscular strain.