Choosing what type of massage technique is best for you can be confusing. Because the decision can be difficult, folks often choose Swedish massage to fell more relaxed and deep tissue if they feel extraordinarily tight. But, you should be aware that there are several types of modalities that our massage therapist can provide to customize your experience based upon your current concerns. Let’s take a look at common concerns and the treatment recommendations for them:
You feel tense, so much so that your back and shoulder feel like a rock
Possible recommendations for you: Reflexology, Palliative Massage and Reiki are excellent choices for you. Why not deep tissue? When a person is extraordinarily stressed and the muscles have become stiff and have lost flexibility and pliability, one should not try and press and push the tissue into submission. In addition, this can be rather painful as the therapist may add to the reflexive tension response. In these scenarios, it makes more sense to calm down the nervous system and help to relieve the source of tension. As a result, the muscles will comply and follow suit, once nervous system is less agitated. Once a deep state of relaxation has been achieved, then chronic tension resulting from stress can be addressed.
You are physically active, play sports, workout regularly and have specific areas of discomfort
Possible recommendations for you: Deep Tissue or Sports Massage. Why is deep tissue helpful in this scenario? Chronic tension can often be relieved with a deeper manipulation of the muscle fiber – and as an added benefit, Sports Massage is helpful for reconditioning the muscle fibers so that the likelihood of maintaining chronic tension is dramatically reduced.
You are very physically active but often neglect stretching and avoid yoga
Possible recommendations for you: You should consider Sports Massage. The reason is that Sports Massage, as aforementioned above, assists in aiding in relieving chronic tension by addressing problem areas that can lead to injuries, decreased range of motion, stiffness in the muscle, etc. As a result, a person can experience greater range of motion, more fluidity to the muscle and less adhesions in the muscle fiber.
You work at a computer all day and your neck, shoulders and upper back are chronically sore and tight
Possible recommendations for you: In this case, Swedish massage and Therapeutic Massage are excellent choices for you. The reason is that these techniques borrow from various massage modalities to address tension and soreness while providing stress relief and relaxation. Choosing between Swedish versus Therapeutic depends on the muscle tension in your shoulders, your posture, your sensitivity and your preferred depth of pressure.