Massage Techniques :: What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish Massage is the most common massage technique in the West. It uses long, gliding strokes to gently relax the muscles and body, and is a wonderful starting point for anyone new to receiving massage. It’s lighter pressure and fluid movements create a serene, relaxing experience, and helps relieve stress, anxiety, and minor muscle issues.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of therapy that addresses long-term, chronic pain within the muscles, tendons, fascia, and joints. It uses long, firm strokes with additional pressure to reach the deepest layers of the muscle tissue. While it can be uncomfortable at points, it is particularly effective as a long-term strategy for prolonged muscle pain.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone Massage is a technique that uses lava stones that have been worn smooth by the sea, that are heated, and then placed on the body. The stones are cooled to an appropriate temperature for the client by turning them in cold water.

The stones can be placed directly on the body, on top of towels or sheets, as well as used in gliding motions to deepen the affect of the heat and the massage itself. It is a gentle, soothing technique useful for many different methods of body work.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Ashiatsu?

Massage can be an intensive process, not just for the patient but for the therapist as well. Ashiatsu is a massage technique that uses feet, elbows, and forearms, which allows the therapist to increase pressure, spread out the impact area, and can relieve some muscular stress the therapist can feel during a traditional Swedish massage.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Gua Sha?

This centuries-old technique uses small, rounded spoons and tools to gently “scrub” the skin, which helps activate capillaries and bring stuck toxins, blood, and chi to the skin’s surface. Though the technique looks painful, it is quite safe and is usually quite comfortable and relaxing.

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Things Your Balanced You Massage Therapist Wants You To Know

 

Stay in communication with us

  • Please tell us if a technique hurts. If there is extreme muscle tension,  you might experience some pain, so just let us know!
  • Not every client likes every technique or style of work, so please let us know if you do not enjoy part of your massage.
  • Bathroom breaks can happen! If you need to take a moment for any reason, we are more than happy to accommodate. 

 

We are not here to judge your body.

  • We are focusing on the deeper structures: fascia and muscle tissue, and not thinking about cellulite, stretch marks, or any other items you might be concerned about.
  • Your Massage Therapist is the last person you should shave your legs for. 

 

Sometimes we will make recommendations for your health.

  • These suggestions are based on what you have told us about your lifestyle and pain, as well as what we noticed during your massage.
  • We might recommend some stretches or even a specific yoga class to further help with any issues.
  • If you can honor these recommendations it will likely extend that wonderful post massage feeling!

 

Please arrive before or as close to your start time as possible.

  • We often have another massage booked right after yours, so starting late can affect more than just the Massage Therapist’s schedule.
  • We want you to be able to receive your full massage.

 

You can wear what you are comfortable in.

  • Some people choose to leave their undergarments on and others choose to fully undress for their massage.
  • We are trained in draping techniques to make sure you are comfortably covered during your massage.
  • For some modalities like Ashiatsu, it is easier for the Massage Therapist if you fully undress, but remember to only undress to your comfort level.
  • There are other modalities, like Sports Massage, where your Massage Therapist might ask you to bring athletic clothes.

 

Feel free to ask us questions.

  • During your massage, you might wonder “Why would that spot hurt” or “Could that be why I’ve been getting headaches”. If you’d like more information, just ask!
  • Keep in mind we are not doctors so we cannot diagnose but we do have knowledge of the human body that can help assess what might be going on.

 

What to expect after your massage…

  • You might experience some dehydration, so make sure to drink plenty of water after your massage.
  • You may feel sore for a couple of days but if you feel sore for more than 3-4 days please let your Massage Therapist know and we will make some alterations for your next massage.