Swedish (Relaxation) Massage
Swedish Massage is what most people think of as a general relaxation massage. The pressure is moderate to firm, but gentle. It uses long, gliding strokes, kneading, vibration, tapping, and friction to help improve circulation, ease muscle tension, decrease discomfort and create an overall sense of wellbeing.
Deep Tissue Therapy
Deep Tissue Therapy reaches beyond the superficial layers of muscle tissue to affect change in the deeper layers of tissue. Although this work often uses increased pressure, it is important to note that a technique need not be hard or painful in order to be deeply effective. Melting through, not pushing through the tissue is the goal.
Sports Massage tailors general massage principles to the needs of athletes in order to prevent injury, help enhance athletic performance and decrease recovery time. The therapist combines elements of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage to address fatigue, soreness and repetitive strain. It also incorporates techniques that are highly effective at increasing range of motion and flexibility.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is intended to target the knots and highly irritated areas of muscle tissue which often refer pain to other parts of the body. The therapist applies direct pressure to these trigger points in order to interrupt the nervous system’s cycle of pain and spasms. This work can be intense. Therefore, dialog between therapist and client before administering treatment is highly recommended.
Integrative Massage is a broad term to describe a massage treatment that will include various therapeutic modalities. At Karma Bodywork, all of our massage treatments are integrative and may be used to target specific areas of pain or discomfort, provide relief from chronic tension, improve range of motion and flexibility, and decrease stress levels.