Swedish Massage

If you've never had massage before, this is a good one to try first. Swedish massage can be very gentle and relaxing. This style utilizes long, flowing, smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage is designed to gently stretch and relax the body's muscles, improve circulation, increase the level of oxygen in the blood, increase flexibility, and speed healing. It also stimulates the release of chemicals such as endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, bringing you an increased feeling of well being.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but is used to target and break up knots (adhesions) in muscle tissue, release chronic muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and help eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle, tendons, and fascia (connective tissue). Techniques include targeted muscle work, compressions, stretching and multi-directional friction to help break up adhesions and relieve tightness, stiffness, and discomfort. This form of therapeutic massage is great for providing chronic pain relief by addressing pain in specific areas. It is commonly used on athletes.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a non-rigorous massage technique used to loosen restricted fascia. Fascia is a thin connective tissue, found throughout your body, which helps hold muscles and organs in place and hold their shape. Since fascia gives a lot of support to your body, when it is bound up, it can cause dysfunction. If one section of your fascia is bound up, it pulls on the rest of the fascia, causing pain and dysfunction in organs and muscles. Myofascial release loosens bound areas of fascia by gently stretching them. The therapist does this by applying pressure and traction to the skin using long, very slow strokes to release the restricted fascia. When the releases are performed on you, you might feel a stretching sensation on your skin. No oil or lotion is used during this type of massage because the therapist needs to be able to get traction on your skin. Myofascial release improves range of motion, flexibility, and circulation while decreasing pain, tension and toxins.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage uses heated basalt lava massage stones with traditional Swedish massage techniques to relieve muscular tension and provide a deep, relaxing massage. Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles. Loosening the muscles with heat first makes it easier for the therapist to work deep muscle tissue. The therapist then uses the stones to massage you. The stones are smooth, and with a bit of oil, glide nicely across the skin. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage. This form of massage helps sedate the nervous system, detoxify the body, increase lymph flow, and allows you to relax more deeply.

Chair Massage

Chair massage is a quick and convenient massage that can be given at an on-site location, such as business offices, stores, festivals, and special events. This type of relaxation massage helps relax tense muscles and relieve back, shoulder, and neck pain. When you receive an on-site massage in a massage chair you stay fully clothed. The therapist uses no oils or lotions. A typical chair massage lasts about 15 minutes and leaves you feeling renewed and re-energized enabling you to carry out your day more efficiently.

Geriatric Massage

Geriatric massage, also known as ‘elderly’, ‘senior’, or ‘boomer’ massage, is a gentle massage designed to specifically treat the needs of people over the age of 65. Geriatric massages last no longer than 30 minutes and use slow gentle strokes. Therapists trained in this form of massage know how to tailor a massage for the special needs of elderly clients. There are many benefits of massage for the elderly:
• Stimulates circulation
• Stimulates the nervous system
• Relaxes the mind
• Defines the body
• Softens hardened muscle and connective tissues

Please read the following article if you are interested in learning more about “Massage for Seniors”.

Massage for Seniors

Too many elderly people look a little incredulous when the question of massage arises. They say that massage is for young people, especially for athletes. While massage may not add years to anyone’s life, it definitely adds life to years-not simply because it is pleasurable, but because of the physical effects it has on the body. So let’s take a closer look at massage and see what it has to offer.

Massage is effective in relieving muscle pain, joint stiffness, poor blood circulation, mental stress, sleeplessness and similar problems that are so prevalent among older people. Although the improvements experienced after just a few treatments often seem magical to the recipient, they are all scientifically explainable, particularly their effect on blood circulation. Blood not only carries oxygen to each individual cell in the body but also nourishment and hormones that the endocrine glands release as a way of regulating body processes. Another primary function of blood is to carry away the debris constantly produced throughout the body.

Simply stated, massage helps anyone who has circulatory problems to achieve blood flow adequate for maintaining proper cell nourishment and cleansing. Add to this the pleasant feeling that touch evokes, and you have the explanation for the calming effect of massage on those who suffer from depression, sleeplessness and other common discomforts associated with daily living. The element of touch is particularly important for elderly people living alone and suffering from touch deprivation.

And massage accomplishes another little miracle: by kneading sore muscle and by gently moving arthritic joints, massage can literally “rub out” pain by loosening muscles that have become tight through a myriad of factors associated with living a long life.

Although many massage techniques can be executed by people who have little or no training, and even on oneself, a practitioner who is skilled in the specialty of geriatric massage can often be very helpful in working on some of the more severe conditions older people might experience. As trained professionals, they can work under the supervision of the client’s physician, if necessary. Some of the conditions for which massage has shown to be successful are stroke rehabilitation, edema, Parkinson’s disease, severe impairment of blood circulation in the legs, and similar conditions.

The effect of massage on health problems continues to be underestimated, perhaps for the very reason it feels good. After all, every other health intervention seems to be connected with unpleasantness-cutting into flesh, drilling holes in the teeth, giving pills that make you drowsy or upset your stomach-and here is an intervention that claims to be successful and pleasure-full at the same time!

Excerpt taken from Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute: “Massage for Seniors” www.daybreak-massage.com