The term Swedish Massage has become synonymous with all applications of massage in our Western culture. But be mindful: what you ask for may not be what you receive. Why? Due to a huge influx of complementary therapies from all over the globe being learned and integrated into massage sessions. Each therapist brings a unique perspective and approach, so let’s clarify exactly what’s what.
Swedish: techniques of stroking, rubbing, kneading or tapping are combined to specifically target the first two layers of tissue, but not too deep as to compress the underlying bone structure.
The focus here is on relaxation and the benefits are most excellent for increasing blood circulation, supporting lymphatic flow and hormonal balance.
Therapeutic: Therapeutic is the most popular bodywork session
- personally designed sessions to assist you with specific body and muscular needs.
- treatment techniques combine a more firm massage approach from soothing to deep and integrate specialty techniques, offered by your chosen therapist, which may include, but not limited to, Ayurvedic, Thai, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Myo-facial, Neuromuscular, Reflexology, CranialSacral, Polarity, Energy Work (Reiki, Chakra balancing, etc.)
Deep Tissue: Deep Tissue massage should be chosen only by those with advanced athletic needs and body self-awareness. Deep tissue is not usually a relaxing form of therapy due to the communication needed between client and therapist throughout the session as the client may be challenged to their edge of tolerance.
After the tissue is properly warmed, the muscle and their attachments are targeted and specific knots and adhesions are addressed with local and very deep applications.