Swedish massage is also known as the Western or classic style of massage and is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement (or percussion) and vibration. This technique uses lubrication from oil, lotion, cream, or gel to facilitate fluid, methodical movements. The goal of a Swedish massage is to relax the tissues of the body, relieve physical and emotional stress and improve circulation. Most consider this type of massage to be the most relaxing and refreshing, all while relieving stress and reaping the body’s benefits of massage.
This technique uses light to moderate pressure.
Chair Massage (On-site massage)
Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short – 10 to 15 minutes – and focuses on the back, shoulder, neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothing and doesn’t require any lotions or oils.
The client is seated in a special chair with their face resting in a cradle, looking down toward the floor, with supports for their arms. The back and neck are completely relaxed while the therapist relieves muscle tension using Swedish massage moves like kneading, compression and tapotement, which don’t require oils or lotions.
Chair massage can be scheduled for on-site events, such as an employee appreciation day, company party or special event.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses slow, deep strokes and friction to release tension in the muscle and connective tissue or fascia. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage; otherwise the tight muscles will prevent the practitioner from reaching the deeper musculature. Deep finger, hand or elbow pressure is often used to stretch, compress and release contracted connective tissue and muscles. This technique can help with chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation and inflammation related pain.
This technique uses a deep pressure that is slow and specific. It is not recommended for the full body.
*The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with consistent deep pressure. “Deep pressure” massage is performed with stronger, and occasionally more intense pressure, throughout the entire full body session.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are hypersensitive spots in the fascia that refer pain to another region of the body. These spots are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These areas of hypersensitivity can be released using ischemic compression and myofascial release techniques. Releasing trigger points can induce new blood flow to the affected area and reduce or relieve referral pain.
Trigger point therapy is used in conjunction with other massage techniques using moderate to firm pressure.
Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique (SMRT)
SMRT is a concept that begins with passive contraction of muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, and bones simultaneously to allow spontaneous release of these structures. SMRT stimulates lymphatic flow and creates a natural unwinding of connective tissues, which allows the joints of the body to realign effortlessly, re-establishing correct posture. While doing all of this, SMRT also quickly alleviates soreness in tissue, permitting you to work deep tissues that have not been accessed before. Finally, SMRT releases both physical and etheric energy. The release of the ATP (Adenosine triphosphate-cellular energy) necessary to hold muscles tight and joints out of alignment lets the body relax and furthers the healing in the area. The release of the etheric energy held in the area creates energetic flow through the meridians and chakras of the body.