When you work with us, we don't ask you what type of massage you want (although you may request specialties such as Lymphatic Drainage, Prenatal/Postnatal or Shiatsu). Rather, we ask you what is going on with you and your body and what you want to achieve with the massage. Then we use a range of techniques to customize your massage experience. We may include Deep Tissue/Clinical Deep Tissue massage to ease pain and address injuries or postural issues, Sports massage to increase range of motion or strength and Swedish massage for relaxation. The most common styles of massage used in integrated massage include:
Deep Tissue and Clinical Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep Tissue Massage works with the deeper layers of muscle to facilitate real structural change and healing. This type of massage focuses on those areas of the body that are causing the client pain. It is useful for extreme or chronic muscle tension and knots. Clinical Deep Tissue is even more specific and useful for addressing injury rehabilitation, repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel or thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatica, and postural issues. With Deep Tissue and Clinical Deep Tissue massage the therapist works within the client’s pain threshold. So while the massage may involve some discomfort, it should not be intensely painful. At Healing Essence we like to work with a pain scale of 1-10 (10 being excruciating) and for deep tissue massage we try to work in the 5-7 range.
Sports Massage is not just for athletes. It can help anyone who wants their body to work more efficiently and effectively. It is extremely helpful in recovery from injuries, and it can improve muscle strength and range of motion in joints. Sports massage often uses interactive stretching methods and client feedback to facilitate change. So expect to be involved in the process rather than lying back for a relaxing massage. This form of massage is extremely effective and efficient. For Athletes, sports massage can help with training, pre-event preparation and post-event recovery. For non-athletes, sports massage can help with a huge range of muscle and joint mobility issues.
Swedish Massage is a traditional, relaxing form of massage, utilizing long, sweeping, relaxing strokes. Great for stress relief, it can be combined with Deep Tissue and Sports Massage to address more serious problems. With a Swedish massage, expect to lie back and relax. It is common for clients to enter a meditative state during the massage or even to fall asleep. Pressure can be varied to suit the client and can range from extremely light to very deep.
An integrated massage may also utilize more specialized techniques such as Lymphatic Drainage, Shiatsu, Trigger Point Release and Craniosacral Therapy.