Types of Massage Therapy

swedish massageA therapeutic massage will involve a combination or all of the following, depending on the client’s needs:

Trigger Point Therapy technique involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are used together.

Swedish massage is designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Massage strokes and techniques, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Gentle and flowing, this modality has many benefits some of which may include improved circulation, generalized relaxation, and dissolution of scar tissue adhesion, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.

Deep tissue massage uses deeper pressure in conjunction with many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage. A slow pace along with guided breathing, assisted movement and target area specific massage will be applied to help release chronic muscle tension or knots, also referred to as “adhesion”. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage. Deep tissues massage should not hurt, however it is likely to be more uncomfortable than other types of massage. It can help with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, as well as reduction of inflammation related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.

Sports Therapy Massage  is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. Sports massage has three basic forms: pre-event massage, post-event massage, and maintenance massage.

Conditions that generally respond well to massage as a complementary therapy include:

  • muscle pain and stiffness
  • muscle strain
  • edema (swelling)
  • muscle soreness
  • muscle sprains
  • muscle tension
  • sore spots
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • tendinitis

Structural Foot Balancing (SFB) releases tension and misalignment in the feet, tendons and ligaments. SFB is specific to footwork although bodywork is used to loosen muscles in the back and legs which directly affect alignment. Specific foot work is done joint to joint. The techniques used promote structural balance not only in the foot bones but also in the entire skeletal structure.

Prenatal Massage for expectant mothers uses therapeutic massage to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. It also reduces anxiety, decreases symptoms of depression, relieves muscle aches and joint pains, and improves labor outcomes and newborn health.