Uses firmer pressure & a series of slow, specific, and deliberate strokes that access the deeper muscles of the body. It is best suited for those with chronic pain, postural deviances or abnormal muscle tone. Please communicate with your therapist about how much pressure you like.
This is known as a relaxation massage. There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage. The tissues are warmed and calmed using long smooth strokes known as effelurage. The muscles are then kneaded and stretched with a lifting/kneading stroke called petrissage. Friction, tapotement, and vibration may also be used. The primary focus of swedish massage is to increase circulation and promote general relaxation.This is the type of massage that you would receive at a day spa.
Trigger Point Therapy:
Trigger Points are sore spots that have palpable knots or taut bands that send pain shooting in predictable patterns. These areas do not receive adequate oxygen and nutrients due to poor local circulation. Several techniques are used to treat trigger points including, ischemic pressure, Muscle Energy Techniques and energy work. At your request, Trigger Point Therapy can be incorporated into your Deep Tissue Massage.
Focuses on the fascia of the body, as opposed to the muscles. These techniques are used to facilitate the release of bound up areas of fascia. For you to better understand, you will need to know exactly what the fascia is.
Fascia is the network of connective tissue the covers and penetrates the bones, muscles and organs of the body. Picture the fascia as a sweater. If you take the bottom corner of your sweater and tie it in a knot, it will cause the rest of the sweater to pull towards that area, restricting your movement and making the sweater feel too tight and small. Myofascial release addresses this issue and works to release fascia.
Massaging the muscles will bring in fresh blood, and move out waste products, thereby bringing relief, but if the fascia remains bound, then the problem will continue to occur. Myofascial release is sometimes used in a Deep Tissue massage session.
During a paraffin dip the hands are immersed into a bath of melted paraffin. The heat from the paraffin increases the blood supply to the area being treated. Moisture is drawn from the underlying layers of the skin, the moisture surfaces and mixes with the applied moisturizer. This fluid is unable to evaporate because of the paraffin glove. It is then infused back into the skin resulting in the most successful way to rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish the skin. It also helps to relieve muscle aches and arthritis pain.