Please note that all massages end at 10 minutes til the hour. This allows for discussion about the areas to focus on and time to change before and after.
The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. Swedish massage is typically a lighter pressure intented to relax and relieve tension and stress.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective . It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow. When combined with massage therapy such as deep tissue massage, triggerpoint and Swedish massage, Cupping can provide more potential for pain relief.
Aromatherapy is used for a variety of different reasons, including relaxation, pain management and improved mood. These are also some of the basic benefits of massage therapy. Adding essential oils is thought to enhance such benefits. Choose from a variety of oils to enhance your massage.
Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is so important when you're pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency. Prenatal massages are generally considered safe after the first trimester, as long as you get the green light from your practitioner and you let your massage therapist know you’re pregnant.