Although there are almost 70 different types of massage, generally a massage will involve the movement of the skin, fascia, muscles, and tendons in order to promote a relaxed sensation and promote healing effects specific areas or systems. The movement or pressure that your massage therapist will use depends on your comfort level and the issue that is being resolved. We focus on 3 different types of Massage at our health center.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a technique designed to promote relaxation.  It is the most popular form of massage in the United States and massage therapists generally develop their unique style of massage based on these massage strokes that were developed in the 1700’s by Dr. Per Henrik Ling.

There are 5 main strokes that are generally delivered in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart (with out increasing heart load).  The primary goal of Swedish Massage is to increase circulation thus bringing in vital nutrients and removing waste products that cause pain and stiffness.  Swedish Massage also stretches ligaments and tendons increasing flexibility and range of motion.

While Swedish Massage has many specific uses, we highly recommend that it is incorporated into your stress management program.  Swedish Massage is geared toward people of all age groups.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is one of the most therapeutic massage techniques available. Deep Tissue Massage focuses on slow strokes that penetrate deeper into the muscles than other forms of massage and thus interacts more completely with the muscle groups.

At a fundamental level, the strokes used in Deep Tissue Massage are the same that are used in Swedish Massage, however they are used differently for different effect. The strokes are delivered into deeper layers of muscle, specifically the individual muscle fibers of the contracted muscle and the therapist will generally go with or across the muscle fiber. Your therapist may ask you to perform, with guidance, certain breath movements to assist in the release of muscular tension and congestion.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage should be considered as part of a training program for weekend warriors as well as elite athletes. During Sports Massage, your massage therapist concentrates on specifically targeted muscle groups or areas and this helps prevent and treat injuries.

Aside from relieving pain and stiffness from overuse, Sports Massage can restore mobility to injured muscle tissue. By massaging the affected tissue adhesions are released and the muscle fibers become lubricated and move independently as they are intended to. Sports Massage can also reduce swelling and the formation of scar tissue. Circulation is also improved, which not only immediately removes waste products like lactic and uric acid, but it also brings vital nutrients and oxygen to the area which promotes healing and improves muscle tone and quality. This improves performance and aids in the prevention of injury as well as extending the length of your athleticism.