One of the primary goals of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. The light to medium pressure helps relieve stress, reduce pain, boost mood and promote relaxation. This massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood. This increase in circulation brings energy-producing nutrients and oxygen to your cells as well as carriers away metabolic waste products that can make you feel listless and drained.
Deep tissue massage uses deeper pressure techniques, which are beneficial in releasing muscle tension. More specifically, this massage uses slow, deep-guided strokes and firm pressure to relieve tension and reach below the superficial muscles. Deep Tissue Massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain and soreness in both large and small muscle groups. The benefits of deep tissue massage come mainly in the form of pain relief for suffers of chronic conditions however they also include the following; reduction in muscle tension, lowered blood pressure, arthritis relief, the break down of scar tissue, and an increase in joint mobility, to name a few.
Sports massage is the application of soft tissue techniques to manipulate and rehabilitate soft tissues of the body, to help restore muscular dysfunction and imbalances and to help improve posture. Some of the soft tissue techniques used are soft tissue release, MET’s and PNF to name a few. You do not need to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage. It is suitable for anyone wishing to prevent or recover from a soft tissue injury. It is especially useful for people who suffer with the aches and pains that come with working at a desk or computer. As with all our massage treatments, the therapist will adapt the massage to suit the client’s individual needs and the pressure used in sports massage should not be more than what the client can tolerate. Benefits of sports massage include: reduced muscle tension, reduced pain, injury prevention, aid in recovery of injured tissue and improvement of posture and ROM.