Swedish Massage - For pure relaxation and stress management.
Swedish Massage is the basic relaxation technique named after the Swedish
physiologist and gymnastics instructor who devised the strokes. It incorporates long, smooth, flowing
strokes to promote general relaxation. Due
to the style of this massage, the strokes target the superficial musculature
This style of massage could be seen as the corner stone upon which the industry
of Remedial Massage was built, because this is the basic style of massage from
which most (if not all) other techniques were based. Essentially the difference between
Swedish and any other technique in massage is the depth of pressure and the
intent of the massage (relaxation, increasing flexibility, correcting postural
Deep Tissue - For postural balancing & realignment.
Deep Tissue Massage uses slow
strokes that can be considered very similar to Swedish strokes. As the name implies, the strokes are
applied with greater pressure to deeper layers of musculature than Swedish
massage. This technique
could be viewed as the connecting link between Swedish and Sports
For people who recognize that they have developed poor
postural habits, and that their poor posture may be causing aches & pains
or headaches, Deep Tissue Massage might be the answer for them. Treating the deeper layers of
musculature, coupled with regular stretching, can re-sculpt your posture and
help you feel the best you’ve felt in a long time.
Sports Massage - For pre or post event and injury management for optimum performance and
Sports Massage is the application
of purposefully timed massage techniques on
or for specific muscles or muscle groups. This
style of massage can reduce
muscular soreness and improve recovery time; provide prevention of and/or treatment for athletic injuries; and enhance
athletic performance. Treatment is usually muscle specific and always
individually tailored to your sport
and/or personal needs.
Whether you identify as a serious athlete, someone who
enjoys social games of sport, or someone who enjoys an active approach to
health and fitness, this style of massage can help you stay on top of your
game. Everyone services
their car regularly to maintain peak performance, so why not adopt the same attitude
with your most vital asset … your body!
Trigger Point Release - to release those stubborn
Trigger points are specific spots in muscle tissue that can feel like a knot in
the muscle fibres. They are
usually very tender and sensitive to touch, and are usually accompanied by
recognised pain referral patterns. If
left untreated they can multiply or spread to surrounding muscle tissue and/or
give rise to reasonable movement restriction.
Usually the release of trigger points would be performed during either a Deep
Tissue or Sports Technique massage as they are found or identified, but it can
also be the main focus of your treatment. Depending on the severity and/or
number of trigger points identified during your massage, they may not all be
able to be released or resolved during one appointment.
Manual Lymphatic Drain Massage (MLD) -
to reduce swelling post injury/surgery or to assist effective detoxification programs/diets, and/or reduce fluid retention.
Lymphatic System is very superficial in the body (lying between the muscle tissue and the skin) the strokes are applied with a very light touch and always in the direction of lymph
flow. A client can often wonder if such delicate pressure can cause any change at all? Rest assured that where MLD is indicated, done correctly and for the appropriate duration, it will get results.
Unlike the Cardiovascular System that is pumped by the heart, the Lymphatic
System is stimulated by muscular contraction and respiration. In most individuals the activity of
general day-to-day living is sufficient for a healthy lymphatic system, but
occasionally manual lymph drain massage is appropriate. This would most commonly be after
surgeries to reduce swelling, but could also be appropriate if you are following a
detoxification diet. Due to the technique and lightness of pressure of MLD, it
is applied with powder (cornstarch) not oil and requires an in depth
consultation and consecutive treatments to achieve the best results.