About Our Massages
There are many types of massage therapy. Frequently the same type of massage is called by several names, or the modality is so similar to another that their similarities and differences begin to flow together. Here I attempt to explain the types of massages that are practiced at Riverwalk Massage & Bodywork. As a Professional Massage Therapist, I am Certified, Licensed and Insured and under-go frequent training and continuing education programs.
It is my hope that by explaining each of the modalities available to you at Riverwalk Massage & Bodywork, you will have a better understanding of the type of massage you would prefer.
Anti-Stress Massage (also known as Swedish or Relaxational)
This type of massage relieves built-up tension and alleviates stress throughout your body. A combination of techniques and warm lotions, creams or oils help to whisk away the aches and worries of busy, active lives. Hot stones are frequently incorporated into this massage making it a really memorable event. This is an ideal massage for the addition of aromatherapy to complete an all sensory relaxational experience.
Therapeutic Massage (also known as Deep Tissue or Medical)
Various types of deep tissue massage are incorporated into my therapeutic treatments ~ including trigger point therapy, myofascial release and cranio-sacral release. Therapeutic treatmentis used to achieve relief from painful, stiff and sore muscles. This treatment, which is very muscle specific, is recommended for faster relief for those with either acute or chronic pain syndromes including headaches, migraines, or backaches. I am extensively trained and experienced to factor all medical, age and general health condition criteria into the treatment plan for those who opt for Therapeutic Massage Treatments. Therapeutic Treatments are done in combination with various deep heat therapies to achieve maximum benefit.
Prenatal Massage (or Pregnancy Massage)
Prenatal massage can help reduce stress and promote relaxation during pregnancy. It can work to reduce and alleviate neck, back and joint pain caused by prenatal posture changes, muscle weakness or tension, the extra weight of pregnancy or imbalance.
I feature specially designed pregnancy support pillows for my clients which removes the pressure on abdominal muscles and low back. Prenatal Massages are a welcome relief for busy, active Moms-To-Be.
Hot Stone Therapy
The use of warm stones provide soothing heat for deep tissue work, improvement of circulation and exchanges of blood and lymph during a massage. Hot stones are used during the course of massages to encourage muscle relaxation and to reduce or eliminate post-massage tenderness.
Essential oils added to our massage lotions, oils and creams appeal to the most basic of human senses: touch and smell. Essential oils not only smell pleasant - research shows that they evoke powerful emotional and physical responses - such as reducing anxiety and alleviating pain.