Swedish Massage is a form of relaxation that consists of five styles of strokes called effeurage (sliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross-fiber), and vibration. The touch can be light to medium. Swedish Massage significantly helps reduce aches, joint stiffness, depression and anxiety. This technique also promotes blood circulation which reduce muscle spams, cramping and tired muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage is a stronger and as the name already indicates much more deeper than a traditional Swedish Massage. This technique is recommended for relieving pain, tension, alleviated muscle spasms and soreness by breaking down rigid tissues to restore normal ability of body movement and range of motion. Slower strokes and deep direct pressure is used across the grain of your muscles and sometimes the use of elbows, forearms and knuckles can create the desired pressure that is needed.
Deep Tissue & Hot Stone
Deep Tissue & Hotstone
Gua Sha (pronounced "gwa shaw"), is a natural healing technique originated in eastern Asia, which involves scrapping and rubbing of the skin. Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is reddish, millet-like skin rash also known as petechiae. A rash appears on the skin during the process turning reddish to purplish which indicates the overall health of the individual. It is use when a patient has pain whether its only muscles tightness or chronic pain. Often times is also alleviate pain from a cold/flu.
Whether you are choosing a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage each person is different. I will consulate with you at the beginning of your session. Most my sessions however are combined modalities of Swedish, Deep, Tui Na, Myofascial Release and ART (active release techniques) if necessary.