When most people think of massage, they think of “Swedish massage”. Swedish massage is a classic western massage technique combining kneading and long smooth strokes to improve circulation and relax and loosen muscles.
The therapeutic benefits include increased blood flow, increased muscle tone, improved oxygenation to the muscles, and, of course, relaxation. Some people like a deeper level of tissue manipulation, referred to as Deep Tissue on the market, but I have found most of the time what they are really looking for is a deeper circulatory massage. In any case, the pressure will range depending upon the needs and tolerations of the client.
For someone who has never had a massage before, Swedish massage provides a great introduction.
Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage — The most common form of massage, Swedish mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains. The slower, deeper techniques of Deep Tissue massage are especially helpful for chronically tense and stressed muscles, especially in the back, neck and shoulders.
Pregnancy — Catering to the special needs of expectant mothers and their unborn child, pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints.
Cranial Sacral — Supporting the ‘breath of life’ through palpation of the fluids and natural unwinding of the brain and spinal column.
Oncology Massage — Empowers patients on their healing journey by helping them feel whole again, less traumatized by surgery or other invasive procedures and more in touch with their recuperative resources. A comforting, nurturing touch.
Aromatherapy — Utilizing the power of scent, therapeutic oils are incorporated into the massage to maintain and promote harmony and balance the body.
Sports Massage — For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages: pre-event, post-event, during training, and to expedite rehabilitation after injury. Techniques include active and/or passive stretching depending upon the needs of the client.
Touch for Health Kinesiology — Balances the body through muscle testing/monitoring to stimulate the body’s own healing ability.
These are just a few of the more than 150 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy techniques. I integrate a variety of these techniques into my full body or onsite massages based on the individual needs of the client. No two massages are the same, since your body is always changing.