Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. It's typically a lighter massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. 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.
Also known as manual therapy, manipulative therapy. This is a physical treatment primarily used on the neuromusculoskeletal system to treat pain and disability. It most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation.
Trigger Point Therapy
This involves deactivating trigger points (sometimes confused with pressure point) that may cause local pain, or refer pain in parts of the body. Manual pressure, vibration, or other treatment is applied to these points to relieve myofacial pain.
Massage technique used to gently work and stimulate the lymphatic system, to assist in reduction of localized swelling.
Reflexology is the practice of manipulating reflex areas in the feet and hands. These reflex areas correspond to specific body parts and organs.
Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage uses heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly Basalt stones (or lava rocks) which over time have become extremely polished and smooth. The stones may also be placed on the recipient's body to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.
Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother's needs. It has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain.
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