Aromatherapy Massage a holistic treatment of caring for the body with pleasant smelling scents and essential oils.
Deep Tissue releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contacted areas by either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons, and fascia. It is called deep tissue because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Hot Stone Therapy massage using heated stones to warm the body and provide penetrating heat to deep muscles.
Effleurage is a stroke generally used in a Swedish massage treatment. This smooth, gliding stroke is used to relax soft tissue and is applied using both hands.
Friction is the deepest of Swedish massage strokes. This stroke encompasses deep, circular movements applied to soft tissue causing the underlying layers of tissue to rub against each other. The result causes an increase in blood flow to the massaged area.
Myofascial Release is a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension.
On-site Massage (also known as chair massage or corporate massage) is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 10 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.
Petrissage (also called kneading) involves squeezing, rolling and kneading the muscles and usually follows effleurage during Swedish massage.
Pregnancy Massage A gentle form of massage specially attuned to the needs of a pregnant woman.
Reflexology Massage massage based around a system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond, or "reflex," to all areas of the body.
Relaxation Massage A Swedish massage for release from worry and tension, and for the refreshed, relaxed feeling.
Rosen Method utilizes gentle touch and verbal communication to help clients to release suppressed emotions and subsequently muscular tension in some instances.
Shiatsu and Acupressure Oriental-based systems of finger-pressure which treat special points along acupuncture "meridians" (the invisible channels of energy flow in the body).
Sports Massage massage therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.
Swedish Massage a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.
Therapeutic Massage the manipulation of the soft tissue, done with knowledge of anatomy, to the muscular structure of the human body.
Tapotement is executed with cupped hands, fingers or the edge of the hand with short, alternating taps to the client.
Trigger Point Therapy (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.