Massage Techniques




Swedish/European massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation.

Swedish massage employs five different movements:

  1. Long, gliding strokes
  2. Vibration
  3. Friction
  4. Kneading of individual muscles
  5. Hacking or Tapping

The therapist generally uses massage oil to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is done with the person draped by a sheet. One part of the body is uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to another part of the body.
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AMMA Therapy is concerned with the balance and movement of life energy, called Chi, in the human body. AMMA therapy relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate and balance the life energy. The balanced and flow of Chi through the channels is imperative for maintaining good health. AMMA therapy utilizes all the techniques of the major forms of therapeutic massage.
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Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) was made popular by Paul St. John and it is a massage modality that focuses on the treatment of trigger points. Trigger points are painful points located within tight bands of muscle. By softening the trigger points, NMT reduces chronic pain, increases range of motion, and corrects postural distortions.
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Intuitive work involves a special intuitive sensitivity to energy and spirit. Using a wide array of techniques drawn from Oriental culture, Chinese medicine and inspiration, the therapist connects with and balances a person’s energy. Energy imbalance leads to a myriad of problems, impacting the physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing. Therapy restores this balance providing a strong sense of harmony, peace and a healthy well being.
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Designed to reach the deep muscle fibers. Using deep compression and friction, its purpose is to release the tightness in the muscles, allowing the toxins and deeply held patterns of tension to exit the body.
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Shiatsu is an oriental therapy of body and energy rebalance. It acts through pressure with thumbs, fingers and palms applied to areas of the body, without the use of instruments, correcting internal problems. Shiatsu promotes and supports health, and treats specific dysfunction and disease.
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Reflexology is a therapy dealing with the principle that there are microcosmic areas of the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help heal health problems naturally. Pressure is applied to specific points on the feet to balance energy and function.
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Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots located throughout the body. They produce pain locally and/or in a referred pattern. They often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Patients may have persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion. These include muscles used to maintain body posture, such as those in the neck, shoulders, and pelvic girdle. Trigger points may also manifest as migraines, tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain. Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain.

Deep, focused pressure is applied to the trigger point, and held until the release can be felt, almost like a tire going flat. Immediate relief from muscular pain and headache pain can often be achieved. This is a primary modality for migraines, as they can be alleviated during the course of one treatment. Prevention of recurrence can often be achieved through continuing therapy.
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A knowledge of the distribution of stress and strain afforded by specific sports is at the core of Athletic or Sports Massage. Typically, golf produces a great deal of lower back strain that must be treated to prevent chronic problems. Improving the clients’ game primarily focuses on improving the range of motion in the shoulders, to enforce an ease of movement vital for success. Tennis shares the need to focus on range of motion in the shoulders, plus a range of leg muscle issues must be addressed to prevent future injury.
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Cranial sacral therapy is a gentle, form of alternatives treatment that addresses the movement of fluid surrounding the skull and spine. Therapy eases the restrictions of nerve passages by releasing the tension in the membranes that enfold the central nervous system.

Therapy seeks to restore misaligned bones to their proper position and eliminates the negative effects of stress, providing relief from a range of problems including migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder and more.
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A holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. The lymphatic system moves fluid throughout the body and is responsible for removing toxins. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage therapy consists of a manual massage, performed by a lymphatic drainage therapist. A lymphatic drainage massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system. Reducing blockages of the lymphatic system promotes a healthier body.

When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, lymph nodes may become swollen. Lymphatic drainage reduces blockage, which promotes health in the lymphatic system as well as other bodily systems such as the circulatory, respiratory, muscular and endocrine systems. Lymphatic drainage therapy can also reduce allergies, menstrual cramps, colds and other viruses.
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Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The fascia is a system of tissues that organize the body, and can cause restrictions and pain when pathologically tight.
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