Types of Massage
• Relaxation/Stress Reduction Massage
This is the most common form of massage. Relaxation massage is for stress and relaxation, as well as for preventive and wellness health care. Swedish massage is the most common form of relaxation and stress reduction massage. Swedish massage is the first system of therapeutic massage. One of the goals of Swedish massage is to increase circulation by following the flow of blood from the body to the heart. Swedish massage can also shorten the recovery time from muscular strains and reduce stress.
• Deep Tissue Massage
The basis of Deep Tissue massage is to release chronic patterns of tension and pain.This technique uses slow strokes and deep finger, palm, elbow, and forearm pressure on the contacted area, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons, or fascia.Techniques such as friction, direct pressure, and compression can also be used. This type of massage is called "deep tissue" because it focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
• Sports Massage
Sports massage helps athletes to increase their endurance and performance, as well as help them recover quicker from competition or injuries. Sports massage is also helpful in reducing the risk of injuries. This technique helps the novice or professional athletes before, during and after training events. Sports massage helps promote flexibility, remove muscle fatigue, improves endurance, and prepares the athlete to compete at their absolute best.
• Hot Stone Massage
This type of therapy combines massage techniques with hot stones to increase relaxation and allow the therapists to work deeper into the tissue.
• Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils that have different therapeutic benefits. The essential oil is added the the massage lotion or cream to enhance the therapeutic benefits of the massage.
• Medical/Clinical Massage
This type of massage is for individuals seeking chiropractic health care with massage. Massage therapists perform specific soft tissue techniques prescribed by the chiropractic doctor's evaluation of a specific health condition. This is very beneficial for patients desiring to get well as fast as possible or who are not responding to their health care program. Chiropractic care is combined with massage therapy to help achieve maximal results for the patient. This type of care is commonly used for patients who also want a preventive and wellness health care program
• Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy consists of treating myofascial trigger points, usually focusing on specific areas of chronic pain.
• Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postnatal Therapy
This type of massage therapy works with expectant mothers to help alleviate discomforts associated with pregnancy and after pregnancy.
• Geriatric Massage
Massage therapy has been proven to help in restoring body movement, reduce pain, and decrease depression in the elderly.