Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and it can be especially helpful if you're recovering from an injury. It involves firm, yet gentle strokes. Using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas. There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage therapy: effleurage (long smooth strokes), petrissage (kneading, rolling, and lifting), friction (wringing or small circular movements), tapotement (percussion), and vibration (rocking and shaking movements). Swedish massage is designed specifically to enhance circulation and blood flow to the large muscle groups.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets deep muscles, tendons, as well as protective and connective tissue known as fascia in order to address “adhesions” (muscle knots) and aid in the healing of chronic problems. Tight or painful muscles due to injuries, repetitive strain or postural problems are relieved via firm pressure and slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle.
Deep tissue massage has also proven to be especially beneficial to individuals suffering chronic pain or lingering injuries that cause a limited range of motion. As such, it has helped relieve the pain from repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome and can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy is a specialized type of soft tissue manipulation aimed at relieving pain and supporting the healing process for injured tissues. It focuses on treating the underlying causes of pain or injury involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation,
nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
Among others, Neuromuscular therapy is used to treat the following soft tissue problems: Lower back pain, upper back pain, carpal tunnel like symptoms, sciatica like symptoms, hip pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, calf cramps, tendonitis, knee pain, iliotibial band friction syndrome, jaw pain, tempomandibular joint pain (TMJ disorders).