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  Benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced anxiety and  depression, improved sleep, and temporarily reduced blood pressure and heart rate.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release usually involves applying pressure in various directions or by skin rolling to eliminate pain and increase range of motion. Deep tissue work is done with knuckles, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch the muscle tissue by applying a few pounds of force. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers until the deep tissues are reached.

Neuromuscular (Trigger point therapy)

This involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local pain or refer pain such as headaches to other parts of the body. Manual pressure, vibration, injection, or other treatment is applied to these points to relieve pain.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.

Hot Stone Massage

Smooth, flat stones are placed into a heater which is filled with water and heated to 122-127 degrees Fahrenheit.  They are then placed onto specific points on the body (such as the back, hands, etc.) and others are held by the massage therapist and used to work the muscles.


Swedish massage (Classic)

Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes. The five basic strokes are sliding or gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction, and vibration or shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in increasing circulation.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is reported to have many beneficial effects in athletes. Sports massage can be used pre-performance, post-performance, during training or for rehabilitation. Athletes of all levels may benefit from sports massage. If you are looking for a way to improve your athletic performance, then sports massage may be for you.

Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish style, stroking, kneading, compression, friction, rhythmic striking, vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger points. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete's body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.


Information retrieved from Wikipedia.



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