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Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities).
People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness
Swedish: The most well-known type of massage. If you have never had a massage before, or are looking for something relaxing, this is the perfect place to start. Swedish Massages are full body massages using anywhere from feather-light to extreme deep pressure. This is typically done at a slow, gentle pace, with some variances based on the individual Therapist's style. The skin is lubricated with natural oils while various massage strokes are incorporated that warm up the muscles and release tension.
Deep Tissue: If you require deeper focused work and don't require a full body massage, you may want to request a Deep Tissue. A variation of Swedish Massage, some clients will comment on momentary discomfort, but then complete relief of their muscle stiffness and pain.
Sports: Although widely popular among athletes, this is not just for the intensively active. Those with injuries, chronic pain, restricted range of motion or who are beginning a new work-out regime, may want to consider this modality. The Therapist generally concentrates on specific problem areas, stimulating circulation of blood and lymph fluids. In some cases trigger point therapy is used to break down the "knots" and stretching is incorporated to help with range of motion.
Prenatal/Pregnancy/Postnatal: For women after the first trimester of pregnancy or who are still in the first few months after delivery, this is a relaxation and hydrating massage. Pillows and bolsters are used to comfortably position a woman on her side while natural oils are used to hydrate the skin as the muscles are kneaded through slow, relaxing strokes. High-risk women, should provide a doctor's written consent prior to a massage.
Therapeutic/Combo: Since we all know that each individual has specific needs, a combination or "Therapeutic Treatment" is often times recommended for clients. By combining various techniques we can better ensure that the total body experience felt by the client is not only relaxing, but addresses specific areas of concern.
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