Classic massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the classic massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But classic massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Classic massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Many researches that have been conducted, found that people who received a 45-minute classic massage experienced significant decreases in levels of stress. Massage increases the number of white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Additional classic massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during a classic massage session, I encourage you to communicate with me so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to classic massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints.