Swedish massage is the most common and oldest type of massage. It was developed by Swedish fencing master and gymnastics instructor, Per Henrik Ling. He was among the first to create a scientific system of manipulations of the muscles and connective tissues for the purpose of relaxation, pain management and rehabilitation. Swedish massage technique 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. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep tissue massage is often used in conjunction with Swedish massage. It focuses on the deeper muscles and connective tissues of the body. The therapist incorporates a variety of movements, hand techniques and pressure to manipulate and move the muscles and connective tissue with the goal of "re-educating" those tissues from habitual holding patterns.
As the name suggests, Sports Massage involves using various massage techniques to enhance athletic performance, manage injuries and speed recovery time. Therapists use a variety of therapies including Swedish strokes, compression, pressure-point therapy, cross-fiber friction, joint rotation, stretching, hydrotherapy, and ice massage.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension-which aids in better sleep-and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each 1 ½ -hour hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through heated smooth basalt stones applied with various massage techniques. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body.
*add Aromatherapy to any session for a $5.00 upcharge