Home  Massage with Monica  Bio  Locations  Scheduling a Massage  Rates  Gift Certificates  Resources  Contact

Massage Therapy Techniques

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the type of massage most people think of when they think of therapeutic massage. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension. It addresses the whole body, promoting relaxation and a feeling of well-being.

Oil, cream, or lotion is always used as a skin lubricant. The strokes are smooth and gliding in the direction of the flow of blood returning to the heart. Smooth gliding strokes may be accompanied by kneading, friction, stretching and sometimes tapping. Swedish massage stimulates the skin and nervous system, soothing the nerves and reducing stress at the same time. It keeps muscles, ligaments, and tendons supple and pliable. Swedish massage increases the level of oxygen in the blood, increases circulation without increasing heart load, improves flexibility, and eases tension. It is "feel good" massage: relaxing and invigorating.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on releasing the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience chronic pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. Deep tissue massage focuses on a specific problem, such as: muscle overuse or spasm, chronic tension patterns, limited range of motion, recovery from injuries, repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis pain, tendonitis, and others.

Some of the Swedish massage strokes are also used in Deep Tissue massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure deeper. Oil, cream, or lotion is used as a skin lubricant for Deep Tissue massage. The work is focused and concentrated on specific areas of tension and pain. The massage therapist may use direct deep pressure applied across with or across the grain of the muscles.

It is used for tense and contracted areas and specific muscles. It is not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to feel sore after the session. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage. Many people experience some discomfort during Deep Tissue massage. It is important to tell the massage therapist if you experience pain outside your comfort range. People often notice immediate improvements following Deep Tissue massage, such as pain relief and increased range of motion.

Myofascial Release

A massage therapist uses Myofascial Release to open and relax specific areas of tense, clumped tissue. These areas of tension are frequently painful and have tissue sticking together where is should slide freely over itself (adhesions). Myofascial massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. The therapist does not use oil or lotion, but grips the tissue, stretching it, to release and open the tense and clumped areas.

This technique is especially effective for areas of chronic pain and longstanding tension. The work may remain gentle and superficial, or may be directed to the deep layers. The client may experience immediate pain relief and increased range of motion.

Still Touch Therapy

This massage technique is an ancient treatment method and traditionally referred to as the laying on of hands. The massage therapist applies gentle touch will little or no movement or force. Still Touch is relaxing and restorative. While Still Touch is a massage technique, it is also a form of energy work, interacting with and influencing the client's energy body.

For additional information on the various types of massage, please refer to: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massage