Massage Techniques

What is Swedish massage?

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage. Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology and can be used with energy work. Swedish massage combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what you and the therapist want to achieve from the session.

Where does it originate?

Well it’s a surprise that Swedish massage is not actually Swedish! A Dutch practitioner called Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909) is generally credited as the man who adopted the techniques; he gave the basic strokes French names, under which he systemized Swedish or Classic massage as we know it today.

Swedish Massage is believed to help with:

  • Feel relaxed and calm
  • Relieve aches and pains
  • Improve skin tone
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Improve circulation
  • Eliminate toxins and waste
  • Rejuvenate your body and soul

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques of Swedish massage but the pressure will generally be more intense and slower. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots, known as “adhesions”.

Where does it originate?

Deep tissue massage was first developed by Canadian physicians in the mid-1800s. In 1949, a Canadian called Dr Therese Phimmer developed guidelines for the technique, which she set forth in her book, “Muscles – Your Invisible Bonds.” From that time forward, deep tissue massage slowly started finding its place in sports medicine and physical therapy, as a way to control chronic pain and treat soft tissue injuries.

Deep tissue massage is believed to help with:

  • Relieve aches and pains
  • Break up scar tissue
  • Increase oxygen and nutrient flow
  • Strengthen your muscles
  • Improve circulation
  • Eliminate toxins and waste
  • Rejuvenate your body and soul

What is Indian head massage?

Indian head massage is a type of massage used to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. There are many different massage strokes that help increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, free knots of muscular tension, relax connective tissue, and aid in the elimination of toxins and waste products. This massage is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.

Where does it originate?

As the name suggests Indian head massage was originates from India, it was developed by women who practised the techniques within their family and friendship groups on those of all ages. As well as the physical and psychological benefits associated with the treatment, it also gave the added bonus of improving bonds between family and friends. Over time hairdressers and barbers began to offer Indian head massage to customers as an added bonus to their main service.

Indian head massage is believed to help with:

  • Relieve headaches
  • Relieve tension in the upper body
  • Relieve tightness  in jaw muscles
  • Relax neck and shoulder muscles
  • Improve circulation
  • Relax facial muscles
  • Reduce eye strain
  • Eliminate toxins and waste

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