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Massage Modalities 101

Elements Massage Gilbert Sep 21, 2016

As a non-pharmacological and non-invasive approach to promoting overall health and wellness, massage boasts a wide range of benefits for a variety of conditions. From alleviating sore muscles to facilitating quicker recovery times, diminishing stress and anxiety to encouraging better sleep, the different massage modalities employed by our massage therapists address the specific issues of each individual that visits our studio. If you’re new to the wonderful world of massage, read this brief introduction to its many modalities:

Swedish
A gentle approach to the art of massage, Swedish massage is a great form for beginners, as it employs soft kneading strokes and lighter pressure to help dissolve stress and tension.

Sports
A great way to enhance athletic performance, sports massage concentrates on targeting the muscles involved in whatever rigorous activity you’re into! By stimulating blood flow and oxygenation of muscles, sports massage addresses sports-related conditions.

Prenatal
Prenatal massage attends to a range of symptoms affiliated with pregnancy, such as joint pain, stress, swelling, and back pain. This modality is great at nurturing the mind-body connection within mothers-to-be as they continue on the very special journey of pregnancy!

Deep Tissue
This form of massage addresses knots, kinks, and stubborn tension within deep-seated muscles. Because of its use of cross-grain movements and heavy pressure, deep tissue massage can be an uncomfortable modality for beginners.

Hot Stone
Hot stone massage involves the use of heated river rocks to help draw out bodily tension and stress. The heat and weight of the stones is perfect for preparing the mind and body for a relaxing massage.

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