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Definitions of Massage

The term "massage therapy" is comprised many different techniques. Broadly stated, therapists  manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body by pressing or rubbing through the skin. They most often use hands and fingers, but may use forearms, elbows, or feet.

Swedish-Style Massage: Based on the “medical gymnastics” protocols developed Per Henrik Ling in 19th century Sweden, this therapeutic system of massage is based on Chinese principles of bodywork and is known for long,  strokes which: soothe the muscles; encourage lymph and venous return; improve range of motion.

Russian-Style Massage: A more vigorous, energizing form of Swedish massage which incorporates sports massage techniques.

Deep Tissue Massage: A form of Swedish Massage which involves more pressure, aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia in order to work on releasing chronic muscle tension or adhesions.

Thai Massage:  A form of massage which originated in India, this protocol incorporates passive stretching and manipulation of sen or energy lines.  It is performed without lotion or oil while the client is fully clothed.

Ayurveda-Inspired Head Massage: Also known as Indian Head Massage, this technique was originally developed from women’s grooming techniques and has evolved into a holistic therapy which strives to harmonize mind, body, and spirit.

Reflexology: Areas on the hands, feet or ears can reflect organs and glands throughout the whole body; manipulation of these reflex areas aid in the creation of healing effects and release of stress.