Massage: Definition

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Swedish Massage-Sports Massage

Swedish Massage 

Definition

Swedish Massage is a relaxing form of body work that utilizes a variety of techniques specifically designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation.

Treatment

Treatment includes the following techniques that all flow toward the heart:

  • Effleurage-Gliding strokes
  • Petrissage-Kneading movements
  • Friction-Circular pressure
  • Vibration-Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
  • Percussion-Brisk hacking or tapping

Benefits

  • Relaxation
  • Improve circulation
  • Flush tissue of metabolic waste
  • Increase circulation without increasing heart load
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Reduce stress; both emotional and physical

Sports Massage 

Definition

Sports Massage Therapy is a form of body work that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport and is used before, during and after athletic events.

Treatment

  • Treatment is focused on the muscles relevant to a particular sport
  • The techniques used are variable and are determined on a client by client basis

Benefits

  • Prepare the athlete for peak performance
  • Drain away fatigue
  • Relieve swelling
  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Promote flexibility
  • Prevent injuries
  • Reduce the heart rate and blood pressue
  • Increase blood circulation and lymph flow