Massage Types and Benefits

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a great introduction to massage for anyone who may be new to it. It can help those who are sensitive to touch and have a lot of tension.  This type of massage is good for anyone that wants to fully relax during a massage. 

Techniques the therapist would use during this session consists of long flowing strokes to increase blood in a muscle group, gentle kneading, and deep circular motions.

The benefits of this type of massage are reduced stress and anxiety, increase circulation, lower blood pressure, boosting immune system function, and reduced pain relief.  Specific conditions that can be treated by Swedish Massage are arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage uses more pressure than a Swedish massage. It’s a good option if you have chronic muscle problems, such as soreness, injury, or imbalance. It can help relieve tight muscles, chronic muscle pain, and anxiety.

During a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will use slow strokes and deep finger pressure to relieve tension from the deepest layers of your muscles and connective tissues.  Trigger Point Therapy would also be utilized during this type of massage, which involves putting stronger and deeper pressure on different points of the body as needed.  Trigger points are defined as “a focus of hyperirritability in a tissue that, when compressed, is locally tender and, if sufficiently hypersensitive, gives rise to referred pain and tenderness.”  In other words: a trigger point is believed to be a localized spasm or knot in the muscle fiber that may cause pain to be referred to other, more distant parts of the body.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a good option if you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle, such as what you may get from playing a sport. It’s also a good option if you’re prone to injuries because it can be used to help prevent sports injuries. You may also use sports massage to increase flexibility and performance.  Deep tissue may be incorporated into this type of massage with a variety of stretches.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage can be a safe way for women to get a massage during pregnancy. It can help reduce pregnancy body aches, reduce stress, and ease muscle tension. You can get a massage at any time during your pregnancy. 

Prenatal massage uses mild pressure similar to Swedish massage. The therapist will focus on areas such as your lower back, hips, and legs. During the massage, you’ll either lie on your side or on a specially designed table with a cutout for your belly. If you’ve had pain in your calves or other parts of your leg, see a doctor before you have a massage.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is best for people who have muscle pain and tension or who simply want to relax. This type of therapeutic massage is similar to a Swedish massage, only the massage therapist uses heated stones in lieu of or in addition to their hands. It eases muscle tension, improves blood flow, and relieves pain by using heated stones.  During a hot stone massage, heated stones are placed on different areas around your whole body. Your therapist may hold a stone as they massage different parts of your body using Swedish massage techniques using gentle pressure. Sometimes cold stones are also used.