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
Deep Tissue massage uses slower strokes with firm pressure combined with Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger Point Therapy focuses on trigger points 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 are 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. 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 the Swedish and Deep Tissue massage except that once the mother is showing the massage is done with a pregnancy pillow. This allows the expecting mother to lay face down without putting any pressure on her belly. A hydraulic table is used so when the mother is face up she is elevated in way that there is not too much weight from the baby 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 and you have spoken with your health care professional first we are comfortable practicing massage in the first trimester.
There are several types of cups and applications. Push Massage Therapy uses 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 benefits to list here but the benefits go on.