Western style massage is done on a massage table with the client unclothed to their comfort level covered by a sheet and blanket.
Massage oil is used with smooth, gliding strokes. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create other health benefits. It is a classic massage that will ease your stress and allow you to slip into a calm state of relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
This style is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is a more focused type of massage, as we will work to release chronic muscle tension or knots.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
This style combines techniques from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point with the addition of passive stretching and range of motion of the joints. It may also include active assisted stretching to release chronic shortening of muscles.