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Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve pain and muscle tension throughout the body. This type of massage is extremely beneficial because it reaches the deepest layer of muscles, fascia (connective tissue surrounding the joints) and tendons. The goal in deep tissue massage is to breakdown adhesion s (tense areas within the muscle). Adhesion's in the muscle are very important to address because they cause pain, inflammation and limit motion of the muscles and joints.
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
Most spas offer their own versions of hot stone massage (they might call it lava stone massage, river rock massage, warm stone massage and so on.) A hot stone massage, however, takes a lot of skill and sensitivity on the part of the therapist. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too warm or the pressure too intense. And you can always ask them to stop using the stones if you don't like how it feels.
Swedish Massage is a basic relaxing full body massage which may include a variety of massage strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve circulation. Swedish may also include range of motion stretching. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
Walk on the Back Massage, known as the Ashiatsu massage, is becoming more popular in North America. -Ashi- means foot and -atsu- means pressure. Originally performed by Buddhist monks, ashiatsu emerged in America called Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. A massage therapist will gently stand on the person’s back and walk gently and slowly down the back. The feet are positioned on either side of the spine. The massage therapist will make long, gliding strokes along the back muscles and the therapist’s feet are used to target specific pressure points. Massage oil has been applied to the back prior to walking on it.