Types of Massage
Please note that this list is not all inclusive. There are many different types of massage techniques that a trained practitioner utilizes. These techniques range from ones that induce deep relaxation, to sports and stretching related techniques as well as trigger point therapy to reduce muscle spasm. Please visit each practitioner’s bio page to learn more about their specific training and techniques.
You will work closely with your practitioner to decide which technique(s) will provide you with the best therapeutic outcome.
Swedish Massage refers to a variety of techniques designed for relaxation, using massage oils to reduce friction. The focus of Swedish massage is general relaxation, stimulation of circulation, enhancing muscle tone and reducing muscle tightness.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of massage that focuses on releasing the myofascial restrictions of the deeper muscles, tendon and ligaments of the body. This work is also sometimes referred to as myofascial release, which releases restrictions in the body’s connective tissues (muscles and fascia). Benefits include improvement in the circulatory systems of blood and lymph, which improves muscle function, and elimination of blocks that are caused by muscle tightness. When connective tissue is damaged or not functioning properly due to adhesions or restrictions the function of the associated tissue is impaired or reduced, which can be significantly improved but by deep tissue work.
Hot Stone Massage is a form of massage therapy that uses specialized stones. These stones are bathed in hot water at a minimum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the nature of the stones, they hold their heat for an extended period of time. The heat from the stones, combined with the skill of the massage therapist, creates a deep tissue massage that loosens tight, knotted muscles, releases tension, and eases the symptoms of arthritis. Hot stone massage is a deeply relaxing massage, and offers many other benefits such as:
- Increased circulation which aids the body’s lymph system in removing cellular waste
- Improved range of motion
- Encouraging a deeply relaxed state of mind which in turn reduces the often debilitating effects of chronic pain
You should not have a Hot Stone Massage if you have high blood pressure, open sores, or for any of the other reasons listed on our page When Not To Get A Massage
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