Swedish massage is a type of therapeutic massage that originated in Sweden and is now widely practiced around the world. It is a full-body massage technique that involves manipulating the body's soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, using long, flowing strokes, kneading, friction, and other techniques.
Swedish massage is designed to promote relaxation, increase circulation, relieve muscle tension, and improve range of motion. The massage therapist uses a variety of techniques to apply pressure to the muscles and other soft tissues, helping to release tension and ease pain.
The typical Swedish massage session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and is performed with the client lying on a massage table or mat, with the therapist using oil or lotion to help facilitate the massage strokes. The therapist may also use their hands, forearms, elbows, or even feet to apply pressure to the body, depending on their training and the client's preferences.
Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are two different types of therapeutic massage, with different techniques and goals.
Swedish massage is a relaxation-focused massage that involves using long, flowing strokes, kneading, and circular movements to warm up the muscles and improve circulation. The pressure applied during a Swedish massage is generally light to moderate, and the goal is to promote relaxation and reduce muscle tension.
Deep tissue massage, on the other hand, is a more therapeutic massage that targets the deeper layers of muscle tissue and fascia. It involves using slow, deliberate strokes and deep pressure to release chronic muscle tension and knots. Deep tissue massage is typically recommended for people with chronic pain, limited mobility, or recovering from an injury.
The pressure used in deep tissue massage can range from moderate to very deep, and the massage therapist may use their knuckles, fists, elbows, or even their forearms to apply pressure. This type of massage may cause some discomfort or pain, but it is typically followed by a feeling of relief and relaxation.
In summary, Swedish massage is a relaxation-focused massage that uses light to moderate pressure, while deep tissue massage is a therapeutic massage that uses deep pressure to release chronic muscle tension and knots. The techniques used in each type of massage are different, as are the goals and benefits of the massage.
Tui Na Massage
Tui Na massage is often referred to as "Chinese Massage" and involves the use of manual techniques to stimulate the body's energy flow, or "qi," along specific meridians or channels. The name "Tui Na" comes from the Chinese words "tui," meaning to push, and "na," meaning to grasp or squeeze.
Tui Na massage typically involves a combination of pressing, kneading, rolling, and stretching movements, along with acupressure techniques to target specific points on the body. The massage therapist may use their hands, fingers, elbows, or even special tools to apply pressure and manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
Tui Na massage is often used to treat a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, headaches, digestive disorders, and anxiety. It is believed to help promote the body's natural healing process, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and restore balance to the body's energy flow.
It is often confusing to the patient as to what it means to be a registered massage therapist. In Canada, registered massage therapists (RMTs) provide a range of different types of massage therapy, depending on their training and the needs of their clients. The most commonly practiced types of massage by RMTs in Canada are Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage.
Although non-registered therapists can provide Swedish and Deep Tissue massage as well, when they do the service is not covered by most health insurance plans in Ontario. This is because RMTs are required to meet certain educational and professional standards, and adhere to a strict code of ethics and conduct that non-registered therapists do not. Finally, Tui Na therapy is usually provided by non-registered therapists and as such would not be covered by most health insurance plans.
Please be sure to ask our staff about these distinctions prior to booking your appointment.