The most well-known category of massage is Swedish massage. Swedish massage techniques vary from gentle to vigorous, and this form of massage uses five styles of strokes. The basic strokes are sliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction, and shaking. The term "Swedish" massage is really only used in English and Dutch speaking countries as well as in Hungary. Everywhere else--including Sweden--the style is called "classic massage."
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is ideal for focusing on painful, stiff "knots" in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, precise strokes that concentrate pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep beneath the skin. It is not as rhythmic as other forms of massage, but it can be therapeutic: easing locked-in patterns of tension and benefiting muscle injuries.
Integrative massage involves combining methods from different modalities including massage, somatic therapy, bodywork techniques, and others. The exact integration of methods depends on the patient. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual. Integrative massage is based on the idea that a generic massage is not always right for every person nor can it resolve every health issue. By using various techniques, specific difficulties can be indentified, addressed, and resolved.
Pregnancy massage is a broad term for various suitable methods of massage applied during or after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal massage therapy). Special pillows, or "bolsters," position a woman comfortably on her side, especially during the last stages of pregnancy, as this position is often more comfortable.
Give us a call at 707-694-2874 to discuss other styles of massage that we may be able to offer.