This is the most well known type of massage and is ideal if you are new to massage and are not sure if you are comfortable with a deeper form of massage pressure.
Swedish Massage promotes relaxation and can help ease aches and pains. It helps trigger the release of the body’s natural painkillers thus giving you a great sense of wellbeing, The massage is gentle and rhythmic and will help to relax soft body tissue and facilitate healing. It is lighter in touch than deep tissue massage and works on more superficial layers of the muscles. It can loosen stiff joints, reduce muscle tension, and help clear nasal or chest congestion. This treatment is very good for reducing stress, anxiety, insomnia and other emotional conditions. Swedish massage also helps with lymphatic drainage, improves blood circulation and balances the emotional state.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders, this can also help with reducing headaches associated with tension. When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. It is common to experience some discomfort during this type of massage and to feel some soreness after the treatment has been carried out for a day or two. This is not a massage for relaxation but the after effect of having muscle tension released is very relaxing for many days or even weeks after the treatment has been carried out.
Hot Stone Massage goes beyond the relaxation of a standard massage and will relax you to a deeper level. This massage is a great tonic for the overly busy lives that we lead and subsequently the amount of stress that we carry on our shoulders and within ourselves. The direct heat of the stones accelerates the relaxation of your muscles allowing deeper penetration without the discomfort of a deep tissue massage. The heat also helps to expand your blood vessels, which promotes the flow of blood, promoting lymphatic drainage which helps to remove the toxins from the body. This gives a sedating effect on your body bringing about a greater feeling of peace and calm.
This technique manipulates the soft tissue in the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. The therapist uses a range of different pressures and rhythms to stimulate the head area in particular. Because the head, face and neck store a great deal of anxiety that accumulates in everyday life, Indian Head Massage can be very restorative and relaxing. Indian Head Massage also helps with migraines and insomnia as well as jaw pain.
Incidentally, regular scalp massage is an influencing factor in good hair condition and density.