• Swedish Massage is the most popular "Western" massage that combines long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on muscles; increases circulation of the blood, lymph, and vital energy; relaxes muscles and calms the nervous system.
• Deep Tissue Massage uses slow strokes and firm pressure to release chronic tension patterns in connective tissue.
• Specific Injury Massage focuses the entire treatment on specific problem areas to promote recovery. Combined techniques like Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point work are often used. Hot or cold packs may be applied.
• Sports Massage is geared specifically to the person who is in training for a particular sport. The focus is on injury prevention, maximizing performance, and injury treatment. The massage is usually vigorous and employs cross-friction, compression, pressure points, and strokes for increasing circulation.
• Thai Massage involves stretching, deep tissue manipulation and work with lines of energy known as Sen lines. It is usually performed on the floor with the client wearing comfortable clothes that allow for movement. The client may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions, but deep static and rhythmic pressure form the core of the massage. Compression style pressure and stroking motions move blood, aiding normal circulation, and realign knotted muscles for improved movement. Even though the client is being passively moved quite a bit, Thai Massage is deeply relaxing.
• Pregnancy Massage comforts and relieves a pregnant woman's body. Special pregnancy tables allow the woman to lie face down.