Swedish massage is perhaps the best - know massage treatment in the world. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
The Swedish massage is incredibly relaxing. It is intended to relax and calm the muscles by eliminating tension and stiffness. Using a kneading and stretching technique, it has a gentle to medium level of pressure and this level is always determined by the person receiving the massage.
In addition to pure relaxation, Swedish massage also improves circulation, has the ability to relieve from muscular pain, and is also known to have powerful, positive effects on those who battle depression and anxiety.
Californian Relaxing massage
Californian massage was developed in the 70's during the New Age period at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. This unique style of massage continued to gain serious attention throughout the 80's thanks to people such as Ms. Margareth Elke whom was instrumental in making Californian massage an organized system.
Californian massage is based upon Swedish massage and the two styles share several movements. However, the thought process, application and philosophy is unique. The long, fluid movements in this form of massage completely sculpts and envelopes the body. The comforting and reassuring touch of a Californian massage allows the recipient to let go of all their pent up tension and promotes a feeling of physical, mental and spiritual integration.
The body is a canvas! In Californian massage the recipient is often nude but can also keep their undergarments on should they prefer. Unlike a Swedish massage where the body is divided into segments and the massage therapist doesn't usually return to a segment of the body that has already been massaged, in Californian massage the long movements can glide from one extremity of the body to the other. The draping is also different so as to facilitate the gliding from one side of the body to the other
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you ecperience is outside your comfort range.
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as: Chronic pain, Limited mobility, Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury), Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Postural problems, Ostearthritis pain, Fibromyalgia, Muscle tension or spasm.
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas. It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.