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Massage Styles Explained

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Swedish Massage - For pure relaxation and stress management.

Swedish Massage is the basic relaxation technique named after the Swedish physiologist and gymnastics instructor who devised the strokes.  It incorporates long, smooth, flowing strokes to promote general relaxation.  Due to the style of this massage, the strokes target the superficial musculature mainly. 

This style of massage could be seen as the corner stone upon which the industry of Remedial Massage was built, because this is the basic style of massage from which most (if not all) other techniques were based.  Essentially the difference between Swedish and any other technique in massage is the depth of pressure and the intent of the massage (relaxation, increasing flexibility, correcting postural habits, etc).


Deep Tissue - For postural balancing & realignment.

Deep Tissue Massage uses slow strokes that can be considered very similar to Swedish strokes.  As the name implies, the strokes are applied with greater pressure to deeper layers of musculature than Swedish massage.  This technique could be viewed as the connecting link between Swedish and Sports massage. 

For people who recognize that they have developed poor postural habits, and that their poor posture may be causing aches & pains or headaches, Deep Tissue Massage might be the answer for them.  Treating the deeper layers of musculature, coupled with regular stretching, can re-sculpt your posture and help you feel the best you’ve felt in a long time.

Sports Massage
 - For pre or post event and injury management for optimum performance and recovery.

Sports Massage is the application of purposefully timed massage techniques on or for specific muscles or muscle groups. This style of massage can reduce muscular soreness and improve recovery time; provide prevention of and/or treatment for athletic injuries; and enhance athletic performance. Treatment is usually muscle specific and always individually tailored to your sport and/or personal needs. 

Whether you identify as a serious athlete, someone who enjoys social games of sport, or someone who enjoys an active approach to health and fitness, this style of massage can help you stay on top of your game.  Everyone services their car regularly to maintain peak performance, so why not adopt the same attitude with your most vital asset … your body!
 

Trigger Point Release - to release those stubborn muscular knots.

Trigger points are specific spots in muscle tissue that can feel like a knot in the muscle fibres.  They are usually very tender and sensitive to touch, and are usually accompanied by recognised pain referral patterns.  If left untreated they can multiply or spread to surrounding muscle tissue and/or give rise to reasonable movement restriction. 

Usually the release of trigger points would be performed during either a Deep Tissue or Sports Technique massage as they are found or identified, but it can also be the main focus of your treatment.  Depending on the severity and/or number of trigger points identified during your massage, they may not all be able to be released or resolved during one appointment.



Manual Lymphatic Drain Massage (MLD) - 
to reduce swelling post injury/surgery or to assist effective detoxification programs/diets, and/or reduce fluid retention.

The Lymphatic System is very superficial in the body (lying between the muscle tissue and the skin) the strokes are applied with a very light touch and always in the direction of lymph flow. A client can often wonder if such delicate pressure can cause any change at all? Rest assured that where MLD is indicated, done correctly and for the appropriate duration, it will get results. 

Unlike the Cardiovascular System that is pumped by the heart, the Lymphatic System is stimulated by muscular contraction and respiration.  In most individuals the activity of general day-to-day living is sufficient for a healthy lymphatic system, but occasionally manual lymph drain massage is appropriate.  This would most commonly be after surgeries to reduce swelling, but could also be appropriate if you are following a detoxification diet. Due to the technique and lightness of pressure of MLD, it is applied with powder (cornstarch) not oil and requires an in depth consultation and consecutive treatments to achieve the best results.
 

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