What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy consists of manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) by flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at the person’s chosen pressure.
The main goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage goes beyond relaxation. It is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
The techniques of Swedish massage include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching.
The massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on personal choice.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle, connective tissues and fascia in the body. The massage therapist uses deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.
Deep tissue massage increases the flow of blood through the body. It helps reduce the inflammation that causes pain and alleviate muscle tension that is often a side effect of chronic pain by loosening the tight tissue clusters.
This type of massage helps ease stress and tension which can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. Over time, deep tissue massage therapy can help break up and eventually erase scar tissue on the body. It does this by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected area. Scar tissue is often associated with ongoing pain and stiffness, so deep tissue massage can improve these symptoms. Massage therapy is often recommended for people who are recovering from surgery.
It can also be an effective treatment for injured muscles. Since it facilitates the movement of toxins from the muscles and helps stretch tight or twisted muscle mass, Deep Tissue massage can help promote healing. Also, because massage helps relax muscles, it can reduce the pain caused by injuries. This is why deep tissue massage is frequently used to rehabilitate sports injuries.
For those people who suffer from chronic stress, and all of its various, possible side-effects like tension headaches, rigid shoulders and tight muscles; deep tissue massage can be a relief.
People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy (Swedish or Deep Tissue) with added scented plant oil(s) called essential oils to address specific needs.
Essential oils can penetrate the body through the skin, and have multiple benefits beyond a nice scent. They affect mood, alleviate pain, help the body detoxify and provide a variety of other effects, depending on the essential oil(s) being used.
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
Reflexology / Foot Massage
Reflexology / Foot Massage involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. It is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.
According to the needs of the person, full or partial time dedicated to back, legs, hips, head or a specific area that requires more attention.