Swedish is often referred to as a generalized massage style. However, it is much more than that. It uses light to medium pressure with long gliding strokes designed to warm and relax the entire body. Studies have shown that massage improves circulation, increases oxygen levels in the blood, helps the body move with more freedom and overall reduces pain. At Pathways Wellness Massage and Spa, we begin each session with a lighter pressure that incorporates the Swedish style of massage and then combine it with one or more of the following techniques based on your goals and desires. We want you to be your best and we can help you get there through relaxing and therapeutic massage!
Deep Tissue Deep Tissue is a form of Swedish massage that uses slower and firmer strokes to access deeper muscles and fascia, also known as connective tissue. We use specific techniques such as soft fists, palms, forearms and elbows with varying degrees of pressure. Proper communication with your therapist is necessary to prevent unwanted discomfort. Everyone has different levels of pain tolerance but deep tissue massage should only be used to relieve very tense areas. Some therapeutic discomfort is normal. The goal of deep tissue is to relieve chronic stress and pain in over-worked muscles.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
According to the Myofascial Release Treatment Center (http://myofascialrelease.com), MFR is a "safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion." Once a muscle "knot" is found, we apply various MFR techniques, occasionally combined with movement, to release specific built-up tension. The results can be profound.
Sports Massage was originally designed to help athletes optimize performance when preparing for events. It was also designed to prevent injuries and recover after competitions. However, the benefits of sports massage are not just for athletes. Individuals who suffer from range of motion limitations, chronic pain or injuries benefit as well. This type of massage usually focuses on specific trouble areas, for example: tight hamstrings or sore shoulders.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
This practice uses very light pressure and rhythmical movements designed to accelerate the natural flow of lymph. This technique moves waste materials from the tissues back toward the heart through a series of vessels, nodes and ducts. Once the lymph reaches the cardiovascular system, the body eliminates it. The lymphatic system relies on gravity, muscle contractions and hydration to be effective. This modality can leave one feeling some ill effects. The best way to counter this is to stay hydrated before & after the session, watch your salt intake and get some light exercise. Maximum session time is 60-minutes.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)