Not all massage is provided equally. Every therapist has a different skill set based on their experience, schooling, and interest in their craft.
Here at Premiere Touch, I have blended together several modalities to create my own style of Therapeutic Massage. This fusion of styles can be customized to the needs of each individual guest.
Listed to the right are the main four modalities that I've combined.
* Please note, although "Swedish Massage" is listed and is normally used for lighter touch services. This is not offered as a standalone service and light pressure is not what I am known for. I use Swedish Massage technigues (stokes) while delivering a deeper touch.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin.
Sports massage is the manual manipulation of the muscles geared specifically toward helping people who have physically demanding lifestyles and/or hobbies. This kind of therapeutic massage considers the impact of certain activities on specific joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue groups.
Myofascial release works specifically with the connective tissue (fascia) to relieve the tightness that causes muscle restrictions. ... Massage therapy involves steady movement, like kneading and stroking, on the muscles to bring relief; myofascial release uses sustained pressure to stretch and lengthen the fascia.
The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
Four common strokes of Swedish massage are:
Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand