Swedish Massage is the foundation of all other Western styles. The session includes effleurage (long flowing strokes), petrissage (kneading), friction (rubbing and compressions), gentle vibration, and tapotement (gentle tapping) to stimulate the body.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as a stiff neck, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. The movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
Sports Massage is geared towards the active client. Different techniques are used for injury prevention, pre, mid, and post-event or rehabilitative massage. Work is done with the athletes sport in mind and the muscles involved in specific activities are focused on.
Pregnancy Massage addresses the changes in a woman’s structure, musculature, and physiology through and after pregnancy. Prenatal massage is done in different positions depending on what stage the pregnancy is in, and a detailed health history form is completed to get a thorough understanding of the client. Postnatal massage is done right after birth and up to two years afterwards. A primary focus is strengthening the core musculature which allows for greater support and treating any pain complaints.
Tui Na/Acupressure are types of Oriental bodywork therapy utilized in China for 2,000 years and are based on traditional Chinese Medicine and the theory that health is a result of a balance between yin and yang. To achieve this balance, qi flows through the meridians or pathways of the body. Tui Na massage and manipulation techniques help to establish a harmonious flow of qi within the body. The techniques are very specific and can be activating or extremely relaxing.