This style utilizes long, flowing strokes, often but not necessarily in the direction of the heart. Swedish massage is designed to increase circulation and blood flow. There are six basic strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, compression, and vibration. Oil, cream, or lotion is applied onto the skin to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes. This style of massage is generally attributed to the Swedish fencing master and gymnastics teacher Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839).
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is used for pain relief and specific problems. Structural and postural imbalances are identified through an initial postural assessment. These are then addressed through systematic and site specific massage. NMT reduces pain, tension, postural imbalance, and lengthens and strengthens tissues.
Also known as foot massage, as practiced by the Chinese is performed in the context of chi, in that each spot on the sole of the foot corresponds to an internal organ, and the applied therapy is healing to one's overall well being. The theory supposes that an ailment of an internal organ will be associated with the nerve ending on the sole of the foot.
Using fingers to apply firm and gentle pressure to key points on the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. The points are the same as used in Acupuncture, where needles are inserted into the body. Use of this ancient healing art releases muscular tension and increases circulation to aid in healing.
Chair or Seated Massage
Usually provided in a business or corporate setting. Also used for introducing clients to massage and bodywork. Clients remained fully clothed. Swedish Massage is generally the technique that is used.
Incorporating `life energy` / `universal energy` into techniques and treatments. Modalities include, but are not limited to Qi Gong, Reiki, Shiatsu, Therapeutic Touch, Acupressure, Meridian Massage, and Pranic Healing
Manual Lymph Drainage
Gentle, specific stokes intended to influence the flow of lymphatic fluids to assist the body in cleansing. Certified practitioners map the lymphatic flow to find alternative pathways for drainage. Used with clients involved in cancer therapy and on burn victims. See Article