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Swedish is a very light pressure massage using five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.
Deep tissue massage uses a medium to firm pressure designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, and are involved in heavy physical activity.
Sports massage is designed to improve sports performance, boost flexibility and handle injuries or potential injuries. This type of massage is geared towards athletes of every kind from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. As every sport and athlete are different, a sports massage is specific to the individual, focused n on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and aggressive movements.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling. In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension, aids in better sleep, and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.