One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage
is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation.
Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the
body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed.
Therapists use a of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage
may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved
circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Deep Tissue Massage
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-
layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough
understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in prevent the
practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury
rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. It is
generally integrated with other massage techniques.
Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement
into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of
emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress.
First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the
palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial
tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an
effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis,
neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.
Muscle Release Technique SM
The Muscle Release TechniqueSM is a unique injury therapy that combines compression,
extension, movement, and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief
from pain in one treatment. With the Muscle Release TechniqueSM scar tissue is broken up,
the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately.