Types of Massage
At WillowBridge Center, we offer the following types of massage:
Deep Tissue Massage
A technique that relieves severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate and focused work. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.
Hot Stone Massage
A technique where smooth hot stones are placed on key points on the body and are also used throughout the massage to enhance the experience. The heat from the stones warms and relaxes the muscles and can allow the Therapist to apply deeper pressure. This technique improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
Lymph Drainage Massage
A technique that uses gentle, rhythmic, circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. Lymph drainage massage encourages the natural circulation of the lymph through the body and is used to decrease fluid retention. This massage takes three or more sessions to obtain the full benefits.
Shiatsu is Japanese for "finger pressure"; it is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Shiatsu practitioners promote it as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression. Shiatsu is performed on a mat, on the floor, or on a low lying table, with clients fully clothed.
A technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between the fascia and the muscles. Myofascial release involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions and by skin rolling with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception.
A technique that uses basic massage principles to meet the specific needs of a pregnant women and their changing bodies. Prenatal massage is used to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots and improve circulation and mobility.
The practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands while utilizing specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil, cream or lotion. Reflexology is based on a set of zones that reflect your body systems in the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body.
A technique that helps athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recovery after a big event, or increase functioning during training. Sports Massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons before, during, and after an athletic event.
There are 4 different types of sports massage.
- Pre-event sports massage – a 15-20 min stimulating massage that is performed 15-45 mins prior to an event.
- Post-event sports massage – a 15-20 min massage given within an hour or two after an event, to normalize the body’s tissues.
- Restorative sports massage – given during training to allow the athlete to train and with less injury.
- Rehabilitative sports massage – aimed to alleviating pain due to injury and return the body to health.
Swedish Massage or “Classic Massage”
A relaxation technique that uses five styles of long, flowing movements. Swedish Massage uses long gliding strokes, kneading, rhythmic tapping, and vibration to reduce pain, joint stiffness, and circulation.
*Our Massage Therapists apply a variety of massage techniques during a session based on your specific needs to give you the best massage experience possible. Please speak freely to our therapists, telling them what you like or don't like, in order for them to exceed your expectations, allowing you to experience an amazing massage.