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. The four strokes of Swedish massage are effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment.

Deep Tissue

A technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia.

Trigger Point Therapy

(also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) A method that applies concentrated finger pressure to trigger points (irritated area in muscle fibers that when compressed may elicit pain or a twitching response) to break cycles of spasm and pain.

Polarity Therapy

A health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. It works with the Human Energy Field, electro-magnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience.

Acupressure (Shiatsu)

A traditional Chinese technique of applying finger pressure to special points that lie along acupuncture meridians.

On-site Massage (often called chair massage)

A type of massage administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially-designed chair. It allows the massage therapist to massage the muscles of the back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands.

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