This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or relaxation massage. The therapist use long smooth strokes, kneading and circular movement of superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had a massage before, this is a good one to try first.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and works out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy
Pressure is applied to trigger points in the body, or what clients often call knots, which are small, mini, localized muscle spasms. Sometimes the points are tender and highly sensitive which might require a lighter touch. Other times, they best respond to deep sustained pressure and/or friction and kneading. Trigger points classically refer pain to areas that might be further away than one can imagine. Think of classic heart attack symptoms. Hence, it can take time to find the exact area the pain is originating form. Exploration is indicated. It is not unusual for low back pain to come from an active trigger point in the gluteal area, or for a headache to come from a point in the upper shoulder, known as trapezius muscle, or the SCM muscle in the neck, but when the source is found ad the therapy applied, the release and pain reduction can be significant.
It is a massage that deals with the muscle and connective tissue interconnected to every other area of the body. During the myofascial release session, the therapist find stuck zones called restrictions and use gentle sliding pressure in the direction of the restriction to stretch the tissue and “liberate” the fascia in order to return it to a state of normalcy. The stretching of tissues and the heat provided by the therapist’s hands aid to produce a softer consistency of fascia, which support musculoskeletal system and alleviate chronic pain, headaches, and stress-related ailments
Medical Massage is defined a medically necessary massage, which is prescribed by a physician. Medical massage is generally practiced in relation to a specific goal focused on improving health of patients. Medical massage is not general massage treatment; it is manual therapy applied to the specific area and the primary pathology of the patient chief complaint.
Prenatal Massage is a full body massage during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters that promotes a comfortable low stress pregnancy. Gentle and relaxing, this is must for moms-to-be. Great for baby too!
A couples massage is a perfect treat for Valentines Day, an Anniversary or birthday. No need to wait for a special occasion to relax, unwind and pamper yourself and partner. Both clients receive their massage in the same room at the same time – each client has their own therapist for focus on their specific needs, and massage can be catered to address individual needs such as chronic pain in a certain region.
Corporate Chair Massage
Spirit and Body make it easy to offer Corporate chair massage to your staff. We will work on chronic tension spots with individual sessions lasting for 10-25 minutes. A simple chair massage to your office/ workplace will rejuvenate stiff muscles and calm restless minds and employees regard this type of care as recognition of their value and their hard work. Spirit and Body Massage can help lead your company towards a more dynamic, productive future.