Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of massage?
There are many different types of massage and bodywork therapy. Two of the most common, and most popular, are:
Swedish massage is sometimes referred to as classical massage and utilizes long, smooth strokes, compression, and kneading movements. Swedish massage can be applied with minimal pressure, which is often used for a gentle, relaxing session or can be delivered with firmer pressure, resulting in a more invigorating, energizing session.
Deep-tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue and utilizes direct, even application of strokes and slower movements to achieve a greater depth of pressure. Deep-tissue massage is often used to address tight or painful musculoskeletal conditions, postural problems, or recovery from injury.
Other terms linked with deep-tissue are:
Trigger points are specific areas that are painful when pressed on, may cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain. Referred pain means that contact with a trigger point in one area can create a felt pain sensation in another area.
The term myofascial simply means of, or pertaining to, muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue (fascia) of the body. The terms myofascial massage and deep-tissue massage are often used interchangeably. Additionally, the close relationship of these terms can be seen in the fact that trigger points are also called myofascial trigger points.
Other common types of massage are:
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. The focus is injury prevention, facilitating recovery, and enhancing performance. A combination of techniques are used including passive stretching for increased flexibility and range of motion.
Hot stone massage is a variation of classical massage therapy in which heated, smooth stones are used on the body. Many people find the warmth of the stones to be comforting and relaxing. The heated stones also warm and relax muscle tissue.
Chair massage is typically brief work, 10 to 20 minutes, focused on relieving tension in the back, shoulders, neck, and arms. Chair massage is performed in a specially designed chair and is done over clothing without the use of any lubricants.
Lastly, there are many specialty massage types, including:
Pregnancy massage, also called prenatal massage, helps in coping with the major changes your body goes through during pregnancy. Benefits include stress reduction, decreasing swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain.
Oncology massage is defined as, "The adaptation of massage to safely nurture body, mind and spirit of anyone who is dealing with cancer." Primary benefits are stress reduction, pain relief, and improved energy.
Thai massage, sometimes referred to as Thai yoga massage, features a therapist using his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure.
Ashiatsu is a unique style of massage therapy in which the therapist 'walks' on the client’s back, using gravity and their bare feet to apply pressure.
What types of massage do you offer?
I am trained in and have experience with the following modalities, which I use in my practice:
I use the above modalities in working with people to address the following general conditions:
I specifically work with people who are seeking relief of symptoms or supportive care for the following:
And, of course, I provide general, relaxation massage with many spa-type features like a creamy foot massage, relaxing scalp massage, the use of heated stones, and hot towels.
I also offer couple's massage, in conjunction with another skilled and caring therapist. For such appointments, she provides massage for one recipient while I provide for the other.