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Relaxation or Swedish Massage

stacked-stones-sq-300One of the most commonly used and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage, is a treatment designed to stimulate circulation and bring relaxation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. For those people who prefer a light to medium pressure, this technique would be best. Strokes such as effleurage (long, flowing or gliding strokes) kneading and friction have a calming effect when performed slowly. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include the breaking up of scar tissue adhesions, improve circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury and relieves stress, the biggest issue people face today.


Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are used as an extension of the therapist’s hands to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.


Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of massage based on preliminary evidence which is hypothesized to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic movements to stimulate lymph flow.

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