When it comes to massage, not all are created equal. Different techniques and modalities are designed to achieve different outcomes.
Swedish massage is one of the most commonly practiced forms of massage therapy. It is a gentle, full-body massage technique that promotes relaxation, relieves muscle tension, and improves overall well-being.
Techniques may include using a combination of kneading, circular motions, long strokes towards the heart and gentle joint movements.
Swedish massage can be beneficial for those who are looking for a lighter touch and more of a relaxing experience.
Deep-tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on targeting the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues in the body. It uses firm pressure and slow strokes to alleviate chronic muscle tension, relieve pain, and improve mobility.
Techniques may include deep, gliding strokes along the muscle fibers, kneading, friction, and the application of sustained pressure on specific areas
Deep tissue massage can be beneficial for individuals who experience chronic pain, have muscular injuries or imbalances, suffer from postural problems, or have limited mobility. It is commonly used to address issues such as back pain, neck and shoulder tension, sports injuries, and repetitive strain injuries.
Trigger point therapy, also known as myofascial trigger point therapy, is a type of bodywork that focuses on the identification and release of trigger points. Trigger points are hyperirritable spots within tight bands of skeletal muscle or fascia that can cause pain and discomfort locally or refer pain to other areas of the body.
During trigger point therapy, a trained therapist applies pressure to these specific points to release tension and alleviate pain. The therapist may use their fingers, knuckles, elbows, or specialized tools to apply direct pressure to the trigger points. The pressure is usually firm and sustained, and the therapist may ask for feedback to ensure they are targeting the right areas.
It’s important to note that trigger point therapy can sometimes cause temporary discomfort or pain during the treatment, as the therapist is applying pressure to sensitive areas. However, the discomfort should not be excessive or unbearable, and communication with the therapist is essential to ensure your comfort and safety.
Sports massage is a specialised form of massage therapy that focuses on addressing the specific needs of athletes and individuals who engage in regular physical activity. It is designed to help athletes enhance performance, prevent injuries, promote recovery, and maintain optimal physical condition.
Sports massage techniques are typically more vigorous and stimulating compared to traditional relaxation massage. The therapist may use a combination of techniques such as deep tissue massage, stretching, compression, friction, and joint mobilization to target specific muscle groups and address areas of concern.
It’s important to note that sports massage is not limited to professional athletes and can be beneficial for anyone engaging in physical activity, from recreational exercisers to weekend warriors.
Remedial massage is a therapeutic form of massage that focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. It is a comprehensive approach to massage therapy that aims to address the underlying causes of pain, discomfort, and dysfunction in the body.
Remedial massage therapists use a combination of techniques, such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and stretching, to tailor the treatment to the individual’s specific needs.
Myotherapy is performed by a university qualified Myotherapist. It is a comprehensive qualification that includes increased training and knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology in order to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Myotherapy allows the therapist to combine various techniques from across the disciplines of massage therapy. Myotherapists assess and treat pain and dysfunction by addressing the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) and related structures.
Myotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck and shoulder tension, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, headaches, and postural imbalances. It is commonly used by athletes, individuals with occupational or lifestyle-related muscle pain, and those seeking general muscular health maintenance.
Before considering any massage, it’s recommended to consult with a qualified massage therapist or healthcare professional to discuss any underlying health conditions or concerns you may have. Not sure which is for you? Rest assured our therapists are highly skilled and trained in all of the above! Reach out to one of our massage therapists or myotherapists for more information or book your session today!