Swedish Massage - Manipulation that uses a system of long gliding strokes kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layer of muscle, generaly in the direction of blood flow toward the heart because there is an emphasis on improving blood flow to the soft tissues and sometimes combined with active and passive movement of the joints.
Deep Tissue - DeepTissue massage is a very specific massage technique utilizing heavy pressure. The aim of deep tissue is to break up chronic patterns of tension in muscles. As the tension is diminished the muscles and surrounding fascia lengthen then reorganize along optimum patterns.
Deep Tissue Massage increases range of motion and flexibility. Helps release toxins that have been stored in the muscle for an extended period of time. This release can lead to soreness during the first 24 hours following the session; however, this should give way to a release of previous pain and tension.
What should I expect on the first appointment?
I will talk with you about what problems you may be having. This will help me to fit the massage to your needs. On follow-up visits you will be asked about any new problems or on-going issues.
Will the massage hurt?
Massage on normal tissue is almost always a pleasant sensation. Massage in the area of an injury or chronic pain my at frst casue some discomfort, which usually lessens noticeable in the first few minutes. The therapist will aways try to work within your comfort zone. Tell your therapist if you feel any discomfort so she can make adjustments.
What will I feel after the massage?
After a massage session, most clients feel relaxed. However, some people feel energetic. The next day or so you may also experience flu-like symptoms but should not be concerned. Often the client that has never had massage before or who has waited a long time in between massages will feel those symptoms. This is due to the built up of toxins in the body that are now being released. It is recommended that you always drink plenty of water after your massage to help flush out those toxins.
How often do I need to get a massage?
The frequency of massage therapy treatments varies with every client. For general stress reduction it is recommended that the client have regular sessions ranging from once a week to once a month. For the client with high stress levels in their work or personal lives, once a week is usually the norm. As with any thereapy, whether it be massage therapy, chiropractic or physical therapy regular sessions are necessary to acquire the most benefits and to make those benefits last longer.
Specific contraindications are:
1. Total Contraindications - When you have any of these conditions, please DO NOT book a massage; Fever, inflammatory conditions, recent operations or acute injuries, neuritis, skin diseases, under the influence alcohol or drugs (including pain medication) and first trimester of pregnancy.