Swedish massage therapy is the most common type of massage therapy, involving soft, long, kneading stokes in conjunction with light, rhythmic strokes to stimulate both deep and superficial muscles. This is combined with controlled movement of the joints, relieving muscle tension, giving you an experience that is both relaxing and energizing (source: webmd.com).
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to painful and still trouble areas in the body. Your therapist will use slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, and other tissues that reside deep under the skin. Although less rhythmic than the Swedish massage, the Deep Tissue Massage is better at relieving chronic patterns of tension and more serious muscle injuries.
This massage is specific, focusing on the on the neck, shoulder, and back, where tension is most commonly stored and is perfect for those with time limitations or those who prefer not to have a full-body massage.
While massage is considered to be an area of alternative medicine, it is becoming much more prevalent as a standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions, including sports injuries, pain, and muscle tension. Aside from obvious physical ailments, massage can also be helpful for anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches, insomnia, and moderate-to-high levels of stress. Some people enjoy massage for the caring, comfort, and sense of empowerment it instills. Still, massage is not intended to be a replacement for regular medical care.
Please be sure to consult with your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
While massage has many benefits, it may not be appropriate if you have bleeding disorders, are taking blood-thinning medications, have burns or open wounds, are a patient with deep vein thrombosis, fractures, severe osteoporosis, or thrombocytopenia.