Swedish massage is the most commonly offered massage technique in the west, utilizing a firm pressure on the muscles. It increases circulation, eases muscle tension, and stimulates the nervous system, thereby reducing both emotional and physical stress.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy applies alternating levels of concentrated pressure to "trigger points" to break cycles of spasm and pain. It involves placing pressure on that trigger point so that the muscle can relax and release. Pressure is generally applied with fingers, knuckles, and elbows.
Deep tissue massage aims at affecting the deeper tissue structure of the muscles, along with the connective tissue known as the fascia. It helps with both small muscle injuries as well as chronic problems. During deep tissue massage, the therapist concentrates on releasing specific chronic muscular tension as well as muscular knots or adhesions.
Cupping is a method of using glass or silicon cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. This draws up the underlying tissues, creating a rush of blood to the area, increasing circulation and facilitating joint mobilization. Cupping pulls toxins and inflammation from the body to the surface of the skin where the lymphatic system can more readily eliminate them.
Prenatal massage reduces stress, helps with the reduction of musculoskeletal strain and pain, facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, and other physiological processes during pregnancy. Tracy completed 32 hours of prenatal training.