Swedish Massage

( also known as Theraperutic Massage)This is a  general term for a range of therapeutic approaches  with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures.  Swedish Massage - One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.  Most state licensing and/or regulating bodies require massage therapists to be proficient in Swedish massage as a basis for licensing. 

Deep Tissue, Medical Massage, Bodywork

This is a general term for a range of therapies that seek to improve the function of the body's deep connective tissues and/or muscles, not just the surface nerves or the lymphatic system.  Examples are:  Connective tissue massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Pfrimmer Method are considered to be Deep Tissue Massage.  Deep finger, hand or elbow pressure are often used to stretch, compress and release contracted connective tissue and muscles.  Tools to produce deep pressure on a specific point are also commonly used.  Relaxation, Craniosacral, Esalen, and Swedish massage are generally not considered to be deep tissue techniques.  Among the conditions deep tissue bodywork treats are whiplash, sciatica, low back and neck pain, sports injury and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis.  This is a non-sexual relaxation or therapeutic massage.

Table Thai Massage

involves stretching and deep compressions, applying firm and rhythmic pressure. The client should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Thai Massage includes yoga like stretches which are intended to stimulate the blood vessels, and move oxygen through the body by a pumping action connected to the client's breathing. Thai Massage benefits include improving circulation, improve energy flow, increase flexibility/ range of motion, and decrease stress. It is beneficial to both young and old, Thai Massage Techniques assist the body to return to optimum performance and health. It can be particularly helpful in relieving headaches, migraines, arthritis, whiplash pain, paralysis, numbness, and back pain