In Western practices, we most often see the Swedish or Deep Tissue styles of massage. These approaches not only focus on relaxing palliative care but aim to align the long fibrous muscle cells to aid in healing.
Swedish massage uses five main techniques: effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, and vibration. Effleurage consists of long, gentle strokes along the muscles of the body; petrissage is a kneading of muscular tissue; tapotement is percussive tapping of the body; friction is deeper, more pointed gentle manipulation of muscle tissues; vibration uses pulses to loosen muscles.
While Swedish is ubiquitous in Western massage, it is far from alone. Many other modalities are used to improve the therapeutic benefits of massage, and not just focus on achieving relaxation. At Oasis, we know that all people’s bodies are different, and require distinct therapies to achieve their health goals. We have a variety of Licensed Massage Therapists who specialize in all different types of massage, such as trigger point, myofascial release, neuromuscular technique, hot stone, sports massage, prenatal, lymphatic, cranial sacral therapy, and more. These additional techniques and approaches to massage can be used alone or in conjunction with other massage styles to create an immersive and comprehensive experience that is unique to each client.