Swedish or Relaxation Massage
The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as, light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on the topmost layers of your muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It is used for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they reach optimal temperature. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hands, or between the toes. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
A form of Swedish massage specifically designed to meet the needs of the mother-to-be. Special techniques are used to relieve pain and stress as well as reduce swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. Some massage therapists will only work on pregnant women once they are beyond the first trimester. Unless the pregnancy is considered high-risk or there is a history of miscarriage, experts agree that this precaution is completely unnecessary.
Reiki is a therapy often described as palm healing or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a client's body to facilitate the patient's process of healing. Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of "rei" (spiritual or supernatural) and "ki" (vital energy).
Combine with any massage. Your massage therapist will usually decide which essential oils to use, although if you have preference, let us know. Essential oils are typically diluted prior to application/massage.