There are many types of massage therapy, from classics like Swedish and deep tissue to more exotic styles like Shiatsu and Thai. Whether you'd like to branch out a bit or have a health condition or injury, choosing a style of massage can be confusing if you're not quite sure what it involves. Here is a list of massage services we offer with descriptions of the most popular types and some that may be new to you.
Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as “adhesions”) and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, the therapist addresses chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries.
This type of massage is particularly beneficial for people with chronic pain or lingering injuries that cause limited mobility. It is effective in treating repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome and can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Swedish massage is virtually synonymous with massage therapy. Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, compared to the energy-centric style more common in Asian forms of massage. Using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas.
Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and can be especially helpful if you are recovering from an injury.
Thai massage is a unique blend of assisted yoga, passive stretching, and pressing massage movements, Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is a little bit like yoga without doing the work, as the therapist moves and stretches you in a sequence of postures.
Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body. The massage therapist uses rhythmic compression along the body’s energy lines to reduce stress and improve flexibility and range of motion. It can be done fully clothed.
This type of massage can reduce muscle spasticity and back pain, and has been shown to be useful in treating balance problems and migraine symptoms.
As the name implies, hot stone massage uses warm stones. The therapist places heated, smooth stones on specific points on the body to warm and relax the muscle. Then holding the warm stones while massaging. The stones are usually basalt (a volcanic rock that retains heat well).
The warmth of the stones is relaxing and loosens tight muscles so that the therapist can reach areas of muscle tension quickly.
Shiatsu massage is a form of Japanese bodywork, shiatsu involves localized pressure using the therapist’s fingers (or sometimes hands and elbows), applied in a rhythmic sequence along the body.
With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, the goal of shiatsu is to stimulate acupressure points on the body to improve the flow of energy and help regain balance.
Shiatsu uses no oil or lotion, you wear loose clothing and used to reduce stress and protect against stress-related health issues. Believed to be effective for treating conditions like arthritis, insomnia, back and neck pain, sciatica, and even sinus problems.
Shiatsu may help increase energy, promote recovery from injuries, and stimulate the digestive system.
Do you like having your feet worked on? The therapist uses finger pressure and techniques such as kneading and rubbing to promote relaxation and healing in the body. Reflexology is based on “reflex areas” on the hands and feet, whose energy is believed to be connected to organs and other body parts. By applying pressure to the reflex points, the reflexologist can balance your nervous system and stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural pleasure response, which reduces stress and discomfort.
This can be a deeply relaxing therapy, especially if you stand all day or have tired, achy feet. You remove your shoes and socks but otherwise remain clothed. The Best Foot Massage in town.
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