Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and encourage relaxation.
Swedish massage employs five different movements:
•long, gliding strokes or effleurage
•kneading of individual muscles or petrissage
Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage including deep tissue and aromatherapy.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense with intent to create thixotropy within the connective tissue. As a rule, deep tissue should not cause muscle bracing or for the client to have to catch her breath, as that would be physiologically counterproductive; however, tender areas of tension or injury may arise during the massage. Communication between therapist and client is essential.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it “triggers” a painful response. But a trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain” in tissues supplied by nerves. Trigger points are located in taut bands of muscles fibers. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using 3-phase ischemic compression.
Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy Massage
Nurturing the Mother® pregnancy massage uses the comfortable, secure side-laying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping top hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation. Nurturing the Mother® uses a combination of the following methods:
•Calming Swedish massage strokes for deep muscle relaxation, tension release and increased circulation
•Gentle range-of-motion and stretching movements to relieve pressure through neck, shoulders, rib cage, lower back and hips, and to promote greater strength flexibility band balance
•Deep tissue work in the hip and gluteal area to help alleviate chronic lower back and hip pain
•Abdominal massage for round ligament pain, to support digestion, increased circulation to the placenta and baby. Increase awareness of the baby. The baby will feel and benefit from the massage.
•Lymph drainage strokes to reduce pregnancy induced edema
Chair massage counters the circulatory problems inherent with office work—and provides an appreciated break for employees. Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a gentle respite for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor. Even 20 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms and hands can increase circulation, returning energy levels and helping keep the body injury free.
Spinal Reflex Therapy (SRT)
Created by Dr. Frank Jarrell and the Spinal Reflex Institute, Spinal Reflex Therapy is a science based soft tissue modality that uses the physiology of muscles, joints, and the nervous system to affect muscular and ligamentous anatomy to reduce pain and soft tissue dysfunction in a dependable and reproducible way. The protocol employed by SRT is a steady pressure technique applied to receptors at the musculoskeletal junction stimulating both lengthening and the release of the body’s natural pain relieving neurochemicals.
Runners & Bikers Massage
Runner’s/Biker’s Massage. Using a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point techniques, the focus of the massage is on working the muscles that are designed to make you move. Gluts, adductors and abductors, hip flexors, quads, hamstrings and calf are the focus. Posterior hip, thigh and leg as well as anterior thigh and leg will be addressed. This massage is a great addition to an athletic training program, for pre or post sporting events, or for those who spend their days on their feet. (75 minutes)
The dōTERRA ArōmaTouch Technique®
The dōTERRA ArōmaTouch Technique® is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. Developed by Dr. David Hill, a leading expert in integrative medicine and therapeutic applications of essential oils, the ArōmaTouch Technique improves well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function.