Swedish Massage: is the most widely
known system of massage therapy in the United
States. The Swedish
system of massage uses five strokes:
1. Effleurage - gliding movements.
2. Petrissage - consists of a cycle of lifting,
kneading of tissue.
3. Friction - a brisk heat producing compressive
4. Tapotement - a tapping movement that stimulates
the underlying tissues.
5. Vibration - fast shaking and trembling movements
that induce relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage: is a modality that
is applied with greater pressure and to deeper
layers of muscle tissue than with Swedish massage.
Deep tissue massage uses slow strokes, direct
pressure and friction.
Trigger Point Therapy: is
a form of deep massage that uses concentrated
finger pressure to stop the cycle of pain caused
by trigger points (intense knots of muscle tension
that refer pain to other parts of the body).
Trigger point therapy is a variation of neuromuscular
Hot Stone Massage: is a deeply relaxing treatment designed to release stress, eliminate toxins and soothe tired muscles. Warmed Stones are placed on the body after receiving a full relaxation or deep muscle massage.