*Deep Tissue: is usually a slower and more firm practice. This is a type of massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of the muscles and the connective tissue, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints. This style of massage helps stimulate circulation, blood flow and to relieve muscle tension; while at the same time the body releases serotonin, this is allowing the body and mind to relax and lowering physiological stress. A deep tissue massage usually focuses on a major muscle group. This style also helps to detoxify the body and promote a healthier liver function. A few more benefits to a deep tissue massage is decreasing chronic back pain, lowering high blood pressure, more relaxation, less stress and anxiety, less muscle tension and reduces arthritic symptoms.
*Swedish: is generally what comes to mind when you think about a massage. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
*Integrated: is usually a combination of Swedish and Deep Tissue. This massage often coincides with guided movement and other bodywork techniques to help stimulate atrophied muscles and release compressed soft tissue. Integrated massage is useful in the management of pain. In fact, the various techniques used are often found in sports therapy programs. Aside from increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to muscles, it also improves joint flexibility. Practitioners credit these benefits to an increase in the production and release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.