Swedish massage is the type of massage that is most commonly known to people.
It is best known for the use of long, broad strokes that help break down connective tissue and muscle tension across the body.
Swedish Massage is the “go-to” massage and best for people who:
- Are ready to simply de-stress, and enjoy a soothing, relaxing experience
- Prefer Light-medium pressure
- Are new to massage and want to feel what it’s like
Even though Swedish Massage isn’t as “deep” or as “forceful” as other types of massage, it still provides several health benefits such as:
- Reducing pain in stressed and strained muscles by creating increased blood flow, circulation which drives oxygen into those tissues
- Reduction in stress and anxiety so you can sleep better and think more clearly
- Increased flexibility through the removal of harmful toxins and acidity built up in your muscles
Deep Tissue massage is a bit more forceful than the typical Swedish massage.
This is because there are muscles and tissues that are deeper than the ‘outer’, more superficial layer.
Deep tissue massages are best for people who:
- Know they have a ‘higher pain tolerance’ and need someone to dig deep into the areas so you can feel some relief
- Have chronic muscle tension and stiffness from years of working in an office
- Suffer from chronic stiffness and are looking to become more mobile
- Want to recovery much more quickly from sport or exercise without having to spend hours ‘stretching’ or ‘foam rolling’
While you may expect to feel a bit of soreness after deep tissue work, it comes in the form of that “good pain” that you know is helpful.
And as a result, you can expect, after a deep tissue massage:
- Looser joints, improved muscle flexibility and ease of daily movements
- Pain relief from joints and muscles that are hard to reach with “foam rollers”, or “lacrosse balls” or even a more general massage
- A body that feels refreshed, recharged, and re-energized
Trigger Point Release
If you’ve ever felt that feeling of ‘knots’ or ‘rocks’ built up in your muscles…
Or if you’ve ever tried to ‘foam roll’ a muscle and feel certain areas feel much more painful than others, then you know you’ve hit something called a ‘trigger point’.
Trigger points are areas of increased muscle tension, stiffness, with a heightened state of pain sensitivity that can create pain that refers to different parts of the body.
Why are these areas so sensitive?
Research suggests these parts of the body are high in lactic acid, low in oxygen, and high in muscle waste products. This can cause extreme pain and sensitivity to an area and takes a much more specialized touch to release.
Also, because of chronic stress, our ‘nervous system’ becomes overloaded with dangerous stress hormone “cortisol” which creates a state of hyper-sensitivity and pain within the soft tissues of our body.
Trigger points are common in people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, or those who work out too hard, or even sit in a desk for too long.
The interesting thing about “trigger points” is that these areas can cause pain in other parts of your body and you may not even know it!
It takes an extra level of training and knowledge to successfully alleviate these trigger points, but when done properly, it has the ability to help you:
- Be more active and mobile without pain holding you back.
- Feel “looser” and a soothing “release” of tension off areas that are chronically stiff
- Finally feel the “rocks” and “knots” leave your body and overall less tension
What to expect with Trigger Point Release:
- Initially a bit of “sharp pressure”, but quickly followed by a “good pain”, followed by a soothing alleviation of pain and tension in surrounding areas
- Pain relief in one area of the body, that can take pain away from another area (remember, everything IS connected!)
- A slight bit of fatigue, but an overall feeling of relaxation and “lightness” within your body
Office Worker Massage
A massage focusing on the main areas of pain and stiffness which come from spending too much time sitting in an office, or driving all day.
Sometimes you “know” you need to stretch, or exercise, but the last thing on your mind when you get home after a long, stressful day of work is to commit MORE of your energy to doing exercise.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a skilled body worker that can provide you with the relief you’re looking for WITHOUT having to spend hours stretching or foam rolling?
If that sounds like you, you may be perfect for our “Office Worker” Massage.
The “Office Worker Massage” targets mainly the upper shoulder muscles, upper back, and also the front (pectoral muscles) which become stretched, stressed, and strained due to the static position of typical office work.
The office worker massage also addresses stiffness and tightness in the lower back and hip region which also comes from sitting for too long.
What you can expect out of an Office Worker Massage:
While massage may not be able to permanently ‘fix’ pain and symptoms associated with prolonged desk work, you CAN expect to feel:
- Improved posture, breathing and mobility so you can think clearer and be more productive
- Temporary reduction in tension and stiffness off your lower back and hips so you can avoid having to take pain-pills or have to stretch for a few hours every night.
- Improved longevity, ability to sustain your work without having to take time off.