Swedish Massage is a relaxing, "feel-good" massage that is very good for circulation, assists venous and lymphatic flow, and helps to release overall tension in the body. The strokes are rhythmical and flowing, and techniques such as kneading and friction are used in specific areas as needed. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Craniosacral therapy helps to bring the central nervous system into harmony through subtle movement of the spine and cranial bones. Using light touch, the therapist works gently with the skull, diaphragms, spine and fascia to ease restrictions of nerve passages. Craniosacral therapy is one of the most deeply relaxing modalities being practiced today.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point therapy is effective in reducing pain and muscle tension throughout the body and is helpful in balancing energy. Trigger points are areas of higher neurological activity than the surrounding tissues and feel like knots in the muscle. When a trigger point is pressed and held for 10-12 seconds, a message is sent to the muscle to lengthen, thus relieving pain and tension.