What are the different types of massage?
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area, usually caused by lack of circulation to the area, within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.
The primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. However, Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Therapists use techniques including circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussionlike tapping, bending and stretching.
Deep Tissue Massage
Firm to deep pressure which focuses on the deepest layer of muscles to target knots, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal aches and pains that can happen during pregnancy, such as hip discomfort, stiff neck and shoulders, backaches, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). Therapists can also do a gentle abdominal massage to alleviate tightness associated with a growing tummy. Additionally, massage can reduce stress on weightbearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, aid relaxation and nervous tension which aids in better sleep and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Prenatal massage is not recommended during the first trimester.