Massage therapy is the manipulation of superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue using various techniques. These techniques may include gentle or firm pressure, kneading, friction, tapotement, and others in order to promote relaxation/well-being, recovery and healing of injuries, pain relief, and enhanced function to the targeted tissues.
There are several types of massage offered at Performance Stretch Therapy.
Swedish Massage also referred to as Relaxation Massage, is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is a full body treatment consisting of long, flowing strokes and gentle kneading with soft to moderate pressure. It is meant to facilitate a state of relaxation and comfort and clients often fall asleep during this type of massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage targets the deeper layers of muscle, fascia, connective tissue and even tendons. This type of massage usually isn’t meant for a “full body session” but instead, focuses on specific areas of the body. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Sometimes knuckles and elbows are used to get into small spaces. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.
Sports Massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be an athlete to receive one – it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. Many people schedule sports massages regularly throughout their training routines in order to help with the ‘wear and tear’ on their body. This type of massage can include deep tissue work and facilitated stretching.
This is a unique massage that can include a combination of Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and stretching. This is beneficial for people that are dealing with chronic pain, trigger points, tightness, knots and other forms of connective tissue tension. Multiple modalities are used to treat each part of the body depending on the client’s needs. Although this is usually performed as a full body session, specific areas of the body can be given more focus.