There are a variety of different styles, types and techniques of massage utilized by massage therapists. We’ve provided a description of some of the more popular and well known types of massage being used today.
Deep Tissue massage focuses on the fascia below the surface of the skin and muscles. It is recommended for individuals with consistent discomfort, severe pain, or those engaging in exercises or daily activities causing wear and tear to muscles in the body. It is important to note that additional pain can follow a deep tissue session up to 4 days. I always encourage communication during sessions specifically for this modality as it can be uncomfortable in certain areas and I encourage customers to be vocal about any concerns or discomfort.
Swedish massage uses strokes that are long, flowing and focuses on the surface of the skin and fascia. It is meant to relax, increase blood flow, and reduce pain. Oil and creams are used to glide over skin so it’s suggested that the customer dress accordingly for this massage.
Shiatsu (指圧) (“shi” meaning finger and “atsu” meaning pressure.) Shiatsu massage is an eastern modality in which I use pressure with my fingers and palms to access the various meridians throughout the body. Client can be fully dressed for this session. I advise the customer to where comfortable clothing that you can be stretched and manipulated in.
The goal of a typical shiatsu session is to unblock chi and allow the blood to flow properly. Also great for focusing on particular organs that can be accessed via meridians.
Prenatal Massage is great for women looking for increased relaxation, pressure relief from the fast changing physical body, and improvement of circulation.
It is important to get permission from your physician, nurse practitioner, etc before receiving a massage. There are areas that I will not be able to access due to pressure points that can lead to issues with the pregnancy.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can exhibit pain in your jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement.
Do you have TMJ disorders?
Pain or tenderness of your jaw
Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
Aching pain in or around your ear(s)
Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
Aching facial pain
Locking of joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils which are used during each session in various ways, including, topically (in creams or oil blends directly on skin), through diffuser (oils are dispersed into the air) or a drop of oil is added to your headrest while you are laying face down on the massage table. Essential oils can help achieve relaxation, improved breathing and also decrease anxiety.
Lymphatic Drainage Face Massage Here is the customer’s before (left) and after (right) pictures. This massage moves lymph and swelling out of the face resulting in increased blood flow and glowing skin. Massage ends with a jade stone roller on face to calm and soothe.
*Please note that results will vary depending on diet, stress levels and general well being