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.
Cupping involves localized suction of the skin which increases blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps) on the skin. Skin may be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly which can be very therapeutic much like a deep tissue massage. In China, cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. There are several instances where cupping should not be performed: patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back.
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.