Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of massage therapy practiced in the US and also one of the first forms developed. It's basic techniques throughout a session may include effleurage (gliding or sliding), petrissage (kneading or lifting), friction (rubbing), compression (sustained pressing), and tapotement (rhythmic or arrhythmic striking). The gentle or firm strokes are focused towards the heart to help circulate blood and remove metabolic waste. The long strokes used also help aid in lymphatic drainage by forcing the liquids out of congested areas. Pressure applied depends on the client but usually is light to moderate which makes Swedish massage excellent for relaxation.
The act of deep tissue is to release muscle tension by working into the deeper layers of muscles and fascia. Over time, people can accumulate tender points and may eventually turn into trigger points which refer pain to a distant area. Adhesions (aka knots) form from injury, overuse, and dehydration. Deep tissue helps soften and relieve trigger points and adhesions. In addition, this modality helps reform scar tissue, improves range of motion, improves posture, increases circulation, decreases inflammation, and gives relief from fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. Techniques that could possibly be used during a session are with the hands, forearms, and elbows performing slow and deep strokes, compression, and friction.
A method dating back to ancient Egypt and China, it is believed that areas on the feet correspond to the organs and systems of the body. There are ten zones in the body through which energy travels, from the head to the feet; all organs, glands, and bony structures are found in each particular zone. By applying pressure to these areas may help balance out all systems of the body. Did you know: 30 minutes of reflexology is equivalent to a 60 minute full body Swedish massage? The average person living to 80 years of age will walk about 110,000 miles throughout their lifetime... our feet carry us everywhere, treat yourself to the most gratifying foot rub!
Chair massage is a fully clothed back, neck, and shoulder massage. A session may include hand and scalp massage as well. Usually lasting about 30 minutes, one can receive either Swedish or deep tissue. It is an excellent angle for a therapist to relieve adhesions and trigger points that are often located in the upper back and neck. The chair also makes it great for the therapist to perform arm stretches on the client. Being located in a chiropractic office- this is a great way to soften the muscles before getting adjusted.