A massage is one of the best ways to relax and reduce stress. Massages are relaxing and have physical and mental benefits.
Relaxation/Stress Reduction Massage
This is the most common form of massage. Relaxation massage includes stress management and relaxation treatments, as well as massage for preventive healthcare.
Relaxation and stress reduction are specialties that are regarded as wellness or preventive health massage.
Sports Massage includes working with athletes to increase their endurance and performance, as well as helping them recover more quickly from competition.
Sports massage is designed to reduce injuries and alleviate inflammation. This technique is for novice and professional athletes before, during and after training events. Athletes have discovered
that specially-designed massage promotes flexibility, removes fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries, and prepares them to compete at their absolute best.
Swedish massage consists of long, flowing strokes called effleurage; kneading strokes called pettrisage; rhythmic pumping of the muscle against the bone called compression; friction; vibration; and
tapping or chopping strokes called tapotement.
One of the goals of Swedish Massage is to increase circulation by following the blood flow of the heart around the body. Swedish massage can also shorten recovery time from muscular strain, reduce
stress and reduce minor illness.
Deep Tissue Massage
The basis of Deep Tissue massage is to release chronic patterns of tension and pain in the body. This technique uses slow strokes and deep finger, palm, elbow and forearm pressure on the contacted
areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. Other techniques, such as friction, direct pressure and compression, can also be used. This type of massage is called
"deep tissue" because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy consists of treating the Myofascial Trigger Points. It is usually focused on specific areas of sustained pain and dysfunction. Most chronic pain conditions produce myofascial
This technique works the muscles and fascia, using sustained pressure and stretching of tissues to release restrictions and eliminate pain.
With this treatment, therapists work with expectant mothers and help alleviate discomforts before and after pregnancy.
Massage has been proven to aid in restoring mobilization to stiff joints, increase memory and decrease depression in the elderly.
Chair Massage/Onsite and Corporate Massage
This form of massage is versatile and portable. Since this type of massage is done with the client clothed and seated, it is well accepted in many offices and high-traffic areas. Onsite and Corporate
massage involves going to locations and performing anything from a 5- to 30-minute seated massage.
Onsite and Corporate massage therapy is seen everywhere from the local mall to airports, convention centers and offices of large companies. Many corporations recognize that massage therapy can help
increase worker productivity and decrease employee sick time. Corporations such as AT&T, Boeing, General Mills, PepsiCo and United Airlines, now use onsite massage.