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Massage Therapy | Swedish Massage vs Deep Tissue Massage

Massage therapy is also a form of touch therapy – the positive exchange of energy between living creatures. Most clients are familiar with Swedish Massage so I use that term here, but to be honest the relaxation massages that we offer to combine several relaxation massage techniques to create a uniquely soothing session designed to decrease stress and turn on the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of you that Our relaxation massages feature slow-paced. Deep tissue massage includes many techniques that directly affect the underlying muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.  Stronger pressure may be used in order to reach those underlying tissues but the pressure is just one deep tissue technique.

Deep tissue massage is not appropriate for everyone.  If you need to relax and are just super stressed you need relaxation massage.  If you have particular areas of discomfort, pain,  or muscle dysfunction you need deep tissue massage for those particular areas.  If you are an athlete or you are super physically active and have a lot of muscle soreness all over you may just need deep tissue everywhere.

Massage Therapy

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

I hear from way too many clients that a previous therapist has hurt them by using way too much pressure when the received a massage. Many of these clients, after getting hurt this way, avoided getting another massage for months and sometimes even years even though they desperately needed a regular massage. As a result of me working on literally hundreds and hundreds of clients, I have come to realize that better results can be obtained by combining relaxation massage I also find out if a client has received deep tissue work previously and if they have not, then I do gentle deep tissue at first to allow their bodies to adjust to it. With every client, as I am working I make sure they know to inform me if I happen to use too much pressure for them. I also utilize hot stone therapy and even use my stones in performing some deep tissue techniques because the heat of the stones is healing and highly effective.

Massage Therapy

The massage therapists uses deep pressure and firm strokes to try to break up adhesions and relieve muscle aches. While the long run benefits feel good, the short term action can be a little uncomfortable.

  • Reduction of chronic pain
  • Increases blood flow throughout the body
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Breaks up scar tissue
  • Help heal injured muscles

If you are looking to relax from your massage a Swedish massage is the way to go. It touches on the superficial layers of the muscles with kneading and circular motions. This is the kind of massage you want to get if you are on vacation.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage is a Japanese massage that is rhythmic and sequential focusing on the meridians on the body. It can be very relaxing as well. It helps move chi (energy) through the body and release and blockages.

Reflexology is kind of like a foot massage.

Massage therapy is one of the most healing modalities in homeopathy or Chinese medicine. Couples can connect spiritually, physically, and emotionally by giving each other massages. It can also be a great form of foreplay.