Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage performed today. Although, the primary goal of the Swedish massage is to relax the entire body it is remarkably beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, improving circulation, decreasing muscle toxins and increasing flexibility while easing tension.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and the connective tissue surrounding muscles. It's used for prolonged aches and pains and to treat contracted areas such as a stiff neck, upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Sports massage focuses on areas of the body that are overworked and stressed from repetitive and often forceful movements. Some athletes use it as a method to enhance training prior to an event and reduce recovery time. Athletes have discovered that a specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
Hot Stone Massage
The direct heat of smooth, flat, heated stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to access deeper muscle layers. Hot stones also expand blood vessels, which boosts blood flow throughout the body. Hot stones have a calming effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.