Depending on your specific needs and goals for the massage, a combination of these modalities will be used to ensure you receive maximum benefit from the treatment.
Deep tissue massage is designed to work through the different layers of muscle in order to relieve chronic tension. A combination of slow deep strokes and deep static compression is used to target areas in which clients have developed muscular adhesions that are contributing to a decrease in range of motion, inflammation and pain. Though some people may experience a bit of soreness 24 to 48 hours after receiving this type of massage, clients will likely experience a significant degree of relief afterwards.
Sports massage is great for enhancing athletic performance. Through the application of deep flushing, various muscle energy techniques and both passive and active stretching, clients should begin to experience healthier muscle tone and increased flexibility. Whether you are training for an athletic event, need help recovering from a sports related injury or you are looking to maintain optimal tissue health to support your regular work out regimen, this modality of massage will be highly beneficial.
These techniques are effective in addressing specific issues, both chronic and acute. These modalities will aid in healing soft tissue injuries and reducing chronic pain by helping to return blood flow to oxygen deprived tissues in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Over time, clients should begin to experience an increased range of motion due to a reduction in muscular and connective tissue adhesions.
Swedish massage uses broad, flowing effleurage strokes to relax large muscle groups. It is often used to warm the tissues before applying deeper pressure. This modality is perfect for clients who may be experiencing stress in their lives and need help to relax. Physiologically the body can’t tell the difference between an imagined threat and a physical threat. Emotional stress can manifest itself physically by triggering the body to undergo temporary changes in response to this perceived threat. This state is commonly referred to as “fight or flight”. When someone is constantly stressed out, the body can become stuck in this state. Over time this can lead to detrimental health issues. Massage can help to bring the body back into balance by calming the nervous system and allowing it to return to a relaxed, healthy state.
Prenatal pregnancy massage uses regular massage techniques while catering to any specific needs a client may have due to the pregnancy. Though this is often one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, rapid changes in the body can cause both physical and emotional stress. Receiving regular massage during this time can help to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body to function in a state of relaxation. This is beneficial for both mom and baby. Depending on how far along the client is, adjustments can be made in order to ensure she stays extremely comfortable throughout the entire treatment. For women who can no longer lay face down, the massage will be performed in a side lying position with pillows strategically placed to provide support.