Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy.
Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and creates relaxation, also known as the spa massage.
Deep tissue massage
Techniques which utilize deep tissue/deep muscle massage are administered to affect the deep layers of musculature and fascia. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by stress, trauma injury, arthritis and tendinitis. It’s the deep “feel good” massage if done right. A “true” deep tissue massage is very slow and not usually done for the full body in one session, but sometimes I speed it up to treat the full body at deep pressure, it just depends on your needs.
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT)
This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body’s central nervous system (CNS) with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological theories which describe how the CNS initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve this pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. NMT can help individuals who experience a biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hypercontraction in the tissues, eliminate trigger points which cause referred pain, restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics and flexibility to the tissue, rebuild the strength of injured tissue, and assist venous and lymphatic flow.
Note: Not usually done as a whole body treatment but as a specific area or location (i.e., neck, shoulders, etc.)
Sports massage is a massage technique which utilizes specific strokes to help athletes obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning by increasing power, endurance, also mobility-both before and after an event or exercise.
Sports massage can accelerate the healing process, increase range of motion, and reduce adhesions, swelling, bruising and pain. It’s also used to relieve muscular spasms and fatigue-related injuries.
It’s more than just a reward at the end of a workout. It is a vital tool for keeping athletes primed for top performance.
Integrative massage therapy is a treatment that involves the integration of therapy techniques from a number of different modalities including massage, somatic therapy and bodywork techniques.
The integrative massage technique is based on the idea that not just one massage is right for every person or can solve every problem. That is why through using a variety of techniques every individual problem of the body can be targeted and addressed with its own approach, producing optimal results.
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART) has become one of most sought after soft-tissue treatments in the world today. ART is often your best bet in resolving a chronic soft tissue injury. It is one of the most effective forms of treatment for wide variety of soft tissue and repetitive-motion injuries. ART can aid in the rapid recovery from a broad range of soft-tissue injuries.
Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions "break-up". This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment. It is common to feel a duplication of your pain symptoms during the treatment (a good indication that the problem has been identified).
Often recommended and performed by Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and professional athletic trainers.
These massage techniques that I've listed are my most requested and common in my own personal practice. Over the years I've picked up a few more styles and techniques but I choose not to list them because I really enjoy working with these styles and get the most mutual satisfaction when I perform them. I still enjoy doing bodywork of all types and methods..