My Swedish massage is a slow and gentle combination of a few different hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and some traditional Russian strokes. It is the epitome of a relaxation massage.
Deep Tissue and Trigger Point
My Deep Tissue massage is very similar to my Swedish massage. I still use slow strokes but with a firm pressure combined with Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger Point Therapy focuses on trigger point or "knots" in the muscle that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, as well as pain referral to other areas of the body.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone massage uses stones heated in approximately 120-degree water. They are then dried and oil is applied to the client's body as well as the stones to massage the client. Hot Stone massage is a light to moderate pressure massage. It is not only relaxing but the heat from the stones penetrate deep into the muscle giving you similar benefits to that which you get with Deep Tissue.
Prenatal massage has a very similar technique to my regular Swedish and Deep Tissue massage except that once you are showing the massage is done with a pregnancy pillow. This allows you to lay face down without putting any pressure on your belly. I also have a hydraulic table so when you are face up you are elevated in way that there is not too much weight compressing nerves and blood flow. There are some areas of the body that are contraindicated to work during pregnancy and are avoided during the treatment. Prenatal massage is typically recommended in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. If you receive massage or bodywork on a regular basis I am comfortable practicing massage in the first trimester with approval from your doctor.
There are several types of cups and applications. In my office I am using the plastic pump cups, silicon cups, and glass facial cups. The suction of the cups creates negative pressure, the lifting of the tissue helps break up adhesions in the muscles and fascia. It also brings in blood flow to congested and stagnant areas. Cupping aids in draining excessive fluids and toxins from the muscles. There are far too many uses for me to last here but the benefits go on.