SWEDISH MASSAGE - This is the most common and well known type of massage. It promotes deep relaxation in the body by using a variety of long gliding strokes along muscles. Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, tapping, bending and gentle stretching.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE - Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.
CONNECTIVE TISSUE THERAPY - Fascia, also called connective tissue, is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs. In the normal healthy state, the fascia has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When there is a physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the connective tissue loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and becomes a source of tension that the rest of the body has to compensate for. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries has a cumulative effect. The connective tissues slowly lose their ability to compensate to the amount of tension on them. The body becomes under excessive pressure producing pain or restriction of motion. They tensions affect our flexibility and stability and become a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain.
PREGNANCY MASSAGE - This is “The Massage” for the mother to be. A therapeutic massage that supports your physiologic and emotional well being. Massage has many scientifically proven health benefits such as stimulating the blood and lymph systems, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins; stabilizing hormonal levels; and adding tone and flexibility to muscles -- all of which enhance the health of both you and your baby. As pregnancy progresses, your body adjusts to a changing alignment caused by the baby's increasing weight. This puts strain on your back and legs and increases stress on weight-bearing joints. Massage increases flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms. The effects of relaxation and tension release add to improvement in the physical state of muscles and joints, and assist in balancing emotions.
Recent studies from the Touch Research Institute (TRI) in Miami, Fla., indicates that pregnancy massage provides more than just symptom relief for the mother. A group of 26 pregnant women were given either massage or relaxation therapy during a five-week study. In addition to experiencing a reduction in symptoms of anxiety, stress, sleep problems and back pain, the massage group had fewer complications in their delivery. Their newborns also had fewer postnatal complications. Another TRI study reported massage during labor resulted in shorter labor times for the mothers, shorter hospital stays and less postpartum depression.