Swedish massage was first developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling, at the University of Stockholm in 1812. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches & tension, improve flexibility & to aid relaxation.
Your massage therapist will use massage oil or lotion to facilitate long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is done with the client covered by a sheet. One part of the body is uncovered, massaged, & then covered up before moving on to another part of the body.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of bodywork that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles & connective tissue.
How does Deep Tissue massage work?
With chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, & ligaments.
What conditions can Deep Tissue massage be used for?
Deep Tissue massage can be very relaxing & can focus on specific problems, such as:
Other massage techniques include:
It is especially helpful for chronically tense & contracted areas such as a stiff neck, low back tightness, & sore shoulders for example. Adhesions can block circulation & cause pain, limit movement, & inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain & restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.