Swedish Massage, also known as Western Massage is the basis of most massage therapy performed in America today. It is the most common form of massage found in spas, health clubs, and private practices. Swedish massage techniques aid in the circulation of blood and lymph, relaxing muscles, improving joint mobility, and inducing general relaxation. Some Swedish techniques include; effleurage: sliding or gliding over the skin with a smooth continues motion, Petrissage: lifting wringing or squeezing soft tissues in a kneading motion, Friction: rubbing one surface over another repeatedly to create heat and stimulate the skin, Tapotement: a series of brisk rhythmic percussive movements that have a stimulating effect, Vibration: oscillating, quivering, or trembling motion used to stimulate digestion or bring greater circulation to a muscle to help it relax. Each massage technique produces a different effect that aids in the decrease of muscle tension and increase relaxation.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
The massage techniques used in deep tissue massage mirror that of Swedish massage. However, deep tissue massage also involves the use of deeper pressure and trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy involves the identification and deactivation of painful fibrous nodules in muscles and connective tissue called trigger points. Trigger points can be felt as taut bands of tissue that elicit pain if pressed and that refer pain to other areas of the body. The deactivation of trigger points allows muscle tension to decrease and allows more blood flow to the muscle. Deep tissue therapy, although more intense than Swedish massage, can be extremely beneficial to a person’s overall health and well-being.
PRE AND POST PREGNANCY MASSAGE
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomfort experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension -- which aids in better sleep -- and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
While a client may lie face down during a Swedish massage, a prenatal massage has the client lay with special cushioning to help them lie down properly without putting pressure on blood vessels that can disrupt blood flow to the baby.
Prenatal massage has been considered safe after the first trimester and also can be used to reduce post-partum depression after the baby is born.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a type of massage that promotes drainage and movement of lymphatic fluid throughout the body.
It should not be confused with a traditional massage as MLD is focused on stimulating lymphatic flow.
MLD is a very gentle massage that applies light and long strokes on the part of the body being treated in a repetitive rhythmic sequence.
Lymph vessels are very close to the surface of your skin, so light pressure is enough to stimulate an effect.
This helps move the lymph back into the central circulation thus, improving overall health.
MLD is recommended for people experiencing
post plastic surgery,
pre and post breast cancer surgery,
Additionally it can help with
migraine, and more.
It works by moving fluid from a swollen area into a place where the lymphatic system works normally.