Are you confused about which type of massage you should get? Is one massage modality better for you than another? Do you feel like you should be the one to decide what type of massage is right for you, but you’re confused about the differences between the various modalities? You are not alone. Let us help break it down for you…
Hot Stone Massage uses smooth heated stones to induce deep relaxation. The stones glide over the body or are placed at different points on the body; as the heat penetrates deep into the muscles, it soothes and melts away layers of tension and stress. The heat has a calming effect on the nervous system and it helps to increase circulation of both blood and lymph systems. Heated Stone therapy has the potential to bring harmony, deep tissue release and alignment in the body, mind and spirit. The spiritual nature of being treated with the help of earth elements offers another fabulous aspect of this wonderful treatment.
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fiber’s of the muscles, tendons while releasing tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
Swedish Massage refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Therapeutic Massage is a sort of blanket term—all massage is therapeutic; however, this term generally refers more specifically to a form of massage that borrows techniques from other modalities to accomplish it’s therapeutic goal. Very often, the therapist will borrow from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, and even incorporate the use of energy work.
We look forward to seeing you for your massage!