A Swedish massage uses 5 types of strokes within the massage:
- Effleurage (sliding/gliding)
- Tapotement (rythmic tapping)
- Petrissage (kneading)
- Friction (cross fiber)
- Reducing Pain
- Joint Stiffness
- Improves functioning for those with Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Has been known to help with poor circulation
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of massage that focuses on the muscles below the top muscles. It is designed to relieve discomfort and tension within your connective tissue and muscles. A deep tissue massage is a great massage for those:
- Who suffer from consistent pain.
- Who are involved with constant and heavy physical activity (athletes, construction workers, laborers, etc.).
- Who have suffer or have suffered recent or old injuries.
Similar to Acupuncture, however instead of needles pressure is applied to those normal acupuncture points but with the hand, elbow, or with various other tools or devices.
The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as:
“A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.”
- Promotes relaxation and a reduces stress
- Improves circulation
- Helps the body normalize