Hot Stone Massage:
Muscles are pretreated with natural basalt stones to allow deeper tissue manipulations. This type of massage promotes a profound level of muscle relaxation, alleviates stress, releases toxins, relieves pain, improves circulation and calms the psyche. Clients that are sensitive to traditional deep tissue massage may also benefit from a light glide of the stones. Alternating hot and cold stones benefit victims of whiplash. When you first injure yourself—you may benefit with hot and cold therapy techniques. Cold therapy is first used to bring down the inflammation. After the first 24 to 48 hours, ice and heat therapy is recommended. Cold therapy slows circulation, helping to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms and pain.The heat will help relax tense muscles, and it will increase circulation to the injured area. Increased circulation promotes faster healing. Whiplash therapy requires a note from your doctor or chiropractor.
Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn't get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have a sunburn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flash.
Revive uses hand-picked stones from The Hot Stone Hut in Canada. See video for Demo.
Swedish Relaxation Massage:
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. Clients should chose this style of massage if they enjoy light to medium pressure/tissue work. The five basic strokes are sliding or gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.
Revive's most popular massage
Relieves pain in the head, neck, shoulders, back, legs and arms. Typically Medium to Deep tissue pressure is used with a combination of Swedish, Myofascial release & Mobilization, Myoskeletal, trigger point, PNF stretching, strain/counterstrain massage techniques. Therapeutic massage is performed with the goal of obtaining a therapeutic benefit. It differs from relaxation massage, performed to help someone relax. While therapeutic massage is often relaxing, the end goal of the session or series of sessions is not relaxation.Clients can use the therapeutic massage as a standalone treatment to address specific areas of concern. Clients chose the therapeutic option to keep themselves in good physical condition; athletes or people who engage in athletic activities on a regular basis. It may also be used as part of a general wellness program for people ranging from secretaries worried about muscle strain to construction workers who want to keep their muscles loose, strong, and flexible. Chinese herbs, hot stones/towels, ice packs, essential oils, Biofreeze, are many of the tools used to enhance the treatment.
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem. It generally focuses in on the problem area -- a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring, for instance -- rather than giving you a full-body massage. Sports massage has many benefits. In addition to FEELING GOOD, sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport event uses muscle groups in a different way. Light-Medium pressure Swedish/Gymnastics movements are combined with Deeper Trigger point to achieve an overall goal. There are four types of sports massages:
1) Pre-event--a short, stimulating massage 15-45 minutes before an event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
2) Post-event--given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
3) Restorative--given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
4) Rehabilitative--aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health & balance.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage.
Benefits of prenatal massage:
Reduced back & sciatic nerve pain
Reduced joint pain
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles