This type of massage goes beyond the surface of the skin and underlying soft tissue to deep areas of the muscle and right to the "belly" of the muscle. As the name suggests, "deep" is the key word here. This type of massage also involves the manipulation of the fascia. Fascia is like a web, that runs through the entire body. This connective tissue, when traumatized, inflamed or restricted can create a great deal of pain and restrict motion of the body. Release of toxins, opening and balancing the fascia and release of ligaments and tendons are all taken into consideration when using this technique. Deep slow strokes using the hands, palms, fingers and elbow can cause some tenderness and soreness the day following a massage using deep tissue massage.
Reflexology can be used on feet, hands or ears. Specific areas on the feet, hands and ears correspond to certain parts of the body (internal glands and organs are included). The theory is that pressure applied in certain areas send signals to the corresponding location, gland or organ through the nervous system helping to provide balance to the desired area. Stimulating these areas can be used to reduce pain, ease addiction, relieve stress and tension and improve nerve and blood circulation to name a few.
Sports massage is used as a preventive medicine for many athletes before, during and after sporting events. A combination of techniques such as Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Trigger point and Relaxation before an athletic event can prepare the athlete for increased performance. During events to keep the muscles loosened and warmed up to reduce injuries and after a hard workout to rid the body of stress, relieve fatigue and remove toxins and byproducts the body produces in strenuous activity. Massage can make the training and body building experience much more effective.
Probably the most popular massage technique combines several techniques including kneading, rolling, effleurage, petrissage, friction, percussive and taping strokes to aid in stress and tension reduction, improve circulation and blood flow, remove toxic wastes, tone muscles and more. All basics strokes flow toward the heart while circulation increases without increasing pulse rate. Many modalities blend well with Swedish Massage.
Muscle knots, myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain all have one thing in common - it can cause excruciating pain. Trigger Point or Trigger Point Myotherapy is designed to treat and reduce myofascial pain. Trigger point compression is used to reduce swelling, tension, stiffness and pain while increasing range of motion, flexibility, circulation and endurance. At times it is difficult to pin point the exact trigger point location because of the referred pain it can produce. Activating the trigger point can be achieved by the therapist using pressure from the hands, knuckles, elbows or knees.