Medical massage is an outcome based massage. It is primarily the application of specific treatments targeted to the individual's problem areas with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment. The focus of the medical massage treatment is applied mainly to the parts of the body related to injury or painful areas.
Orthopedic massage involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues (primarily around joints) to resolve pain and dysfunction. It is a multifaceted approach that restores the body's structural balance, significantly reduces acute soft tissue pain, reduces tension and improves flexibility. Orthopedic massage helps clients to recover from soft tissue injuries, surgery and chronic pain conditions.
Deep tissue massage techniques are applied to access the deeper tissues and fascia as well as address underlying issues in the body related to muscle tension and chronic pain. Deep tissue massage is used primarily to treat musculoskeletal issues. It helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue and adhesions which can help with injury rehabilitation, reducing inflammation and increased range of motion.
Sports massage is a type of therapy geared toward active people and the particular stresses they place on their bodies. Techniques are applied to help avoid injuries and enhance their overall performance. Sports massage concentrates on increasing motion and flexibility, relieving muscle soreness, promoting a quick recovery from muscle overuse.
Oncology massage is a highly specialized massage therapy session that is specifically designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer and those who have had a history of cancer treatment. The adaptation of this type of massage session allows a qualified therapist to safely and conscientiously work with an individual who is experiencing complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Any individual who has had cancer, received cancer treatment, including those in active treatment, those in recovery or survivor-ship and as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received appropriate training in oncology massage.
Swedish massage incorporates different strokes for a combined approach to relaxing the muscles. Long gliding strokes directed towards the heart will increase circulation of blood and lymph fluid. Kneading and compression of the muscles helps to loosen connective tissue around muscles and joints. This type of bodywork is very relaxing and therapeutic.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life force which is given to a system of natural healing. The practice of Reiki is a hands on technique which may be done fully clothed or during a massage session. It is a modality for stress reduction and relaxation that helps promote healing by restoring harmony to mind, body and spirit. By using gentle touch, the energy in your body will be balanced, thereby encouraging healing and relaxation. If there is a longstanding imbalance it may take more than one session to obtain lasting relief from symptoms, since many changes may have to take place before the cause is reached.
Reiki is used in many settings including hospitals, hospice as well as private practices. Reiki is spiritual practice, not religious, and is practiced in many countries all over the world.