Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissue in the body. Soft tissues of the body that may be targeted can include muscle, ligament, tendon, fascia, lymphatic vessels, and others. Massage therapy is very beneficial to the body as it promotes healing, enhances function, reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and increase mobility. Different massage techniques involve different amounts of pressure applied by the massage therapist. Some massage techniques are more relaxing and require only superficial pressure to be applied. In other cases, deep tissue pressure may be required in order to properly treat a condition. Our massage therapists are properly trained in a variety of massage techniques and are licensed by the state of New Jersey.
Below is a list of the different massage techniques which are utilized by our massage therapists in our Somerset, Metuchen, and Woodbridge offices. Next to each technique to a description of the technique.
Swedish massage is what most people think of when they think of massage therapy. Swedish massage is meant to be a relaxing full body massage. Swedish massage uses long, gliding strokes in order to relax the entire body. In addition, Swedish massage helps to increase levels of oxygen in the blood, decreases toxins in the body, and improve circulation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is very similar to Swedish but uses more pressure in order to alleviate chronic muscle tension. Deep tissue massage again utilizes long gliding strokes as in Swedish in order to relax the muscles and decrease the toxins in the area. Deep tissue massage will also increase blood circulation. Your massage therapist can alter the pressure applied during a deep tissue massage to match your comfort level.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage involves placing smooth, flat stones on key points of the body. The massage therapist may also hold these stones in their hand in order to massage certain areas of the body. The heat from the stones serves as a relaxing way to warm up the muscle tissue so that the massage therapist may work on the muscle using less pressure. Hot stone massage is useful for a variety of conditions such as back pain, arthritis, stress, anxiety, and poor circulation. Discuss Hot Stone Massage with your therapist to determine if this technique is right for you.
Prenatal massage is designed for expecting mothers in order to relax the body, promote circulation, and relieve pain in muscle and joints. This is a great massage to help deal with the stress of pregnancy on the body. Please note, prenatal massage is not recommended for expecting mothers during the first trimester of a pregnancy.
Craniosacral therapy involves light tough to the head, face, spine, and pelvis. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle massage technique which helps to relieve tensions deep within the body. This is a great technique for conditions such as headaches, stress, and tension.