Massage Techniques

Swedish Massage?

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:

  • Chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow
  • Postural problems
  • Ostearthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm

Other massage techniques include:

  • Myofascial release techniques
  • Trigger point release
  • Heat/cold therapy
  • MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage)
  • Cranial treatments
  • MET (Muscle Energy Technique)

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.