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This style utilizes long, flowing strokes, often but not necessarily in the direction of the heart. Swedish massage is designed to increase circulation and blood flow. There are six basic strokes: effleurage, pettrisage, friction, tapotement, compression and vibration. Oil, cream, or lotion is applied on the skin to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes. This style of massage is generally attributed to the Swedish fencing master and gymnastics teacher Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839).
-Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue techniques are generally designed for more focused massage work. Working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue. Each person experiences pressure differently. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly often allows more movement. If the pressure is applied too deeply or too quickly, the muscle may tighten to protect that area.
-Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an area of a muscle that refers pain sensations to other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy applies pressure to these points leading to immediate release of
tension and improved muscular functioning. This work is based upon the trigger point
research and manuals of Dr. Janet Travell.Sometimes this work is incorporated into other styles of massage therapy such as neuromuscular therapy (NMT).
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage based on acupressure. It is uncertain whether it
originated from Chinese Zhi Ya.
Thought of as an extension of Swedish massage, where a massage therapist uses a variety of special techniques to promote rehabilitation, provide pain relief, and improve flexibility and mobility.
-Hot stone massage
Heated basalt lava massasge stones with traditional Swedish massage techniques to relieve muscular tension and melt away stress. It is a popular spa therapy.