Types of Massage
At Simply Massage, all of our massages are customized specifically for you to accommodate how you’re feeling at the time of the massage. Our therapists will talk with you directly to assess what you would like to address during the treatment – to simply relax, to refresh sore muscles, to work on an injury.
Whether you’re wanting a massage to slow down and relax, or to get ready and refreshed to get outdoors again, we will provide you with the customized massage you need, all for one basic price.
No matter what type of massage you choose to receive, the goal of a Simply Massage therapist is to provide a service that enhances your physical health and sense of well-being while providing that in a relaxing and professional environment.
Swedish massage incorporates gliding, kneading, rubbing, pressing and tapping to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. This is the most widely used modality and is often incorporated into other techniques and procedures.
This is a great choice when you just want to relax and enjoy a soothing massage. It’s also a good choice for first time massage clients.
Generally integrated with Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage is the firm use of pressure to affect the deep musculature and fascia of the body. Beginning superficially and slowly working into the deeper muscle layers, this technique focuses on targeted muscles and muscle groups.
Deep Tissue massage can be very therapeutic for those recovering from an injury, those dealing with chronic muscular pain or those suffering from arthritis. Deep Tissue massage helps to stop an over-active muscle from continuing to fire and causing symptoms of fatigue and over-use.
Pre- and Post-Natal
Pregnancy massage is performed on a massage table while lying in a side position with many cushions and pillows supporting your body and baby to be most comfortable. Our therapists are aware of how best to encourage your body to relax and address specific pre- and post natal issues. We only offer this service to guests who are past their first trimester.
This modality focuses on the active individual and is designed to assist with recovery, performance and well-being of the athlete. It can take one or many of the following forms: Recovery, Restorative, Rehabilitative and Remedial.
Sports massage is more invigorating and upbeat, allowing athletes to rise from the table refreshed. It addresses more specific muscles related to a particular activity and assists in treating and preventing injuries. Sports massage can be incorporated into other modalities, especially if the client has been performing recreational activities and needs assistance in recovering. The legs generally need more attention and the therapist can apply Sports techniques during a regular massage while also incorporating stretching for tight muscle groups.
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure in areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific body parts and organs.
By directly stimulating these areas, your therapist can facilitate healing and balancing to those related body systems by helping to clear energy blockages that might be present.
Most massages incorporate some Reflexology during the treatment, but you can also specify that Reflexology be performed for more of the massage. Just let your therapist know.
Pain & Injury
This form of massage therapy helps relieve chronic and acute pain by working on major muscle groups by using specific protocols to address various forms of pain and injury and preventing those symptoms and conditions from getting worse.
This types of massage is most effective in treating conditions that have more than three days of symptoms that are no longer in the acute phase.If you have a specific injury that needs attention, or if you have had a ongoing pain that won’t go away, this is a great choice for you. Your therapist can assist in the healing process by helping to increase blood flow and mobility and to decrease swelling and discomfort.
Trigger Point therapy is a highly effective technique that can be incorporated or used on its own to alleviate chronic pain and muscular dysfunction in a specific muscle area.
It is a technique incorporated into Deep Tissue and Pain and Injury massage if the therapist finds that a trigger point is a cause of the problem the client is experiencing. A trigger point is a firm, palpable, highly irritable spot found in overused and fatigued muscle fibers that is generally characterized by extreme tenderness and referral of pain to a localized area. Commonly referred to as “knots”, trigger points are worked by applying direct pressure, deep gliding pressure and stretching the affected area.
Ashiatsu (Avon only)
Ashiatsu (foot pressure) is a unique, barefoot massage technique that uses deep gliding pressure over your body. This foot pressure is applied to specific trigger points or in long compression strokes, depending on the client’s needs.This translates to a deeper relaxation with “pain-free” gliding strokes that stimulates the lymphatic system, creating a full-body calmness and well-being.
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