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Types of Massage

There are a variety of different styles, types and techniques of massage utilized by massage therapists. We've provided a description of some of the more popular and well known types of massage being used today.

Craniosacral Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Thai Massage
Myofascial Release
Prenatal Massage
Shiatsu
Sports & Medical Massage
Stone Massage
Swedish Massage
Trigger Point Therapy
** Lypossage body contouring
** Reiki
**Aromatherapy Massage
**Geriatric Massage

**Couples massage



Craniosacral Therapy


Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled CranioSacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and occupational therapists. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which they say allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral system. The practitioner gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.[2] CranioSacral therapy can be done on the biomat infrared heat and amethyst and tourmaline crystal which helps pain and dysfunction.


Deep Tissue Massage


Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.[2] Deep tissue massage is done on the biomat amethyst and tourmaline infrared heat which assists in healing. Cupping is also used for chronic pain and holding patterns.


Thai Massage

Thai massage is done on a mat on the floor with the client fully dressed and addresses the meridians and pathways by accupressure, passive deep stretching and hand and foot pressure on the bodies pathways. It will make you feel amazing as the flow comes back into your body and your relaxation increases as your flexibility and pain decreae. Derived from the ancient art, it is a popular way to feel better and maintain good function of the body and the organs. Thai massage can also be integrated into a session on the table with regular massage and other modalities.



Myofascial Release


Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.[2] Cupping may also be used for chronic pain and holding patterns.


Prenatal Massage


Prenatal massage is similar to massage during non-pregnancy in terms of the goals (relaxation, pain relief, increased circulation & mobility, etc.). However, due to the changes undergone during pregnancy, modifications are made. To accommodate swollen tender breasts and a growing belly, special pillows, positioning and techniques are utilized to ensure comfort for both the expecting mother and baby.


Shiatsu


Shiatsu (指圧) ("shi" meaning finger and "atsu" meaning pressure.) is an eastern (oriental) born therapy that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as acupressure and incorporates stretching. It also uses techniques such as rolling, brushing, vibrating, grasping and in one particular technique developed by Suzuki Yamamoto, pressure is applied with the feet on the persons back, legs and feet (special set up is required for the "foot" shiatsu).[2]


Sports & Medical Massage

Sports massage is actually a form of Swedish massage that is delivered to athletes. Most commonly, sports massage focuses on increasing blood and lymphatic fluid flow, reducing and eliminating pain as well as tender trigger points, and increasing range of motion of the affected area. Sports massages can be broken into 4 distinct types - the pre-event sports massage, the post-event sports massage, the restorative sports massage and the rehabilitative sports massage. Sports massage may be done on the biomat/

Stone Massage


A stone massage uses cold or water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly river stones which over time, have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recipient's back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.[2]


Swedish Massage


Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. Swedish massage may be done on the biomat to increase results. Cupping also may be used to treat chronic areas


Lypossage Body Contouring and Natural Face Lift Massage


Lypossage is the worlds most sought after non-surgical method to rid the appearance of cellulite, water retention and reduce inches off the body and toning the muscles. The Lypossage Natural Face Lift Massage gives A youthful glow and a tightening while decreasing facial wrinkles. It is done in 35 to 40 minute sessions and is extremely effective. It is usually done in 18 treatment sessions, but can be done as a package of 6 or 9. The lyposlim Body Wrap will give immediate reduction in inches. Three zones are available.. hips stomach and thighs, arms back and midwaist and face and neck. Lypossage may be done on the biomat infrared amethyst and tourmaline mat on the massage table

Reiki Reiki may be done on the biomat for increased relaxation and infrared healing

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[2] Content Obtained from Wikipedia.com.