Most popular types of therapeutic massages
Updated: Apr 1
Relaxation Massage – The goal of a relaxation massage is to decrease stress, improve circulation, promote overall wellness, reduce pain and to release toxins trapped in the body. We use Swedish techniques such as long soothing strokes to help increase relaxation. During a relaxation massage there is less emphasis on eliminating trigger points or knots in the muscle tissue.
Trigger Point Therapy – Trigger Points are also known as “knots” in the muscle tissue. Trigger points can form due to poor posture, overuse of muscle(s) or improper use of muscle(s). Trigger points can be a nuisance as they can cause localized pain and/or radiating pain. (I.e., a trigger point in the shoulder may lead to headaches). We use trigger point compression techniques to help release and rid the body of these irritants.
Deep Tissue Massage – Deep tissue massage is used to relieve severe muscle tension. This technique focuses on the deeper layers of muscle. During this treatment, we will strip through fascia and superficial muscles to reach the underlying tissue. This massage is usually recommended for clients who experience chronic pain and aching in their muscles.
Swedish Massage – Swedish massage is a type of massage that includes various techniques such as effleurage (long gliding strokes), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), frictions (cross fiber) and vibrations/shaking. We incorporate these techniques into our treatments to help improve overall function.
Myofascial Release – Myofascia is the tough, dense tissue that surrounds our muscles and bones. In a healthy body, these tissues should be soft, pliable and stretchy without any restrictions. When fascia becomes damaged, it can become tight and cause limitations, such as a decrease in range of motion and bodily pains. Myofascial release is usually done without using any oils and/or lotions.
Pregnancy Massage – We offer pregnancy massage throughout all trimesters, which also includes pre and post natal massage. Our clients will be side lying, supported with pillows to optimize comfort level. Pregnancy massage will help to improve overall health, decrease stress and increase circulation. We also aid in issues that our pregnancy clients present with. The most common complaints are but not limited to swollen/spasms in the calves, low back/gluteal pain, and difficulty sleeping and muscle aches/joint pain.
Scar Tissue Work – Scar tissue forms naturally in response to injury. The formation of scar tissue can restrict movement and decrease tissue health. This can result from surgeries or even injury to a muscle. Cross fiber frictions is a technique used to break down adhesions in order to help increase range of motion and maintain tissue health. For best results, scar tissue work should be done within six weeks of injury when it is still soft and pliable.
Thermal Palms massage - are a great alternative to hot stone massage. They are soft hand-held heat modalities filled with rolled oats which provide long lasting heat as they cushion and protect bone during massage.