I use a variety of these techniques in every session. Every session is different I don't use a predetermined routine. My goal is to deliver to each person the massage that they came for. If they want light and fluffy I can do that. More often the people who come to me have a specific complaint or goal in mind. My job as I see it is to help them achieve.
Usually considered to be the long flowing strokes associated with what is called Effleurage which is defined as unbroken gliding strokes that follow the contours of the body. Also included in Swedish are Petrissage which is to mash or to knead and Tapotement which is the percussive strokes which are often highlighted in movies.
Is a concept developed by Pehr Henrick Ling which involved the use of exercise, stretching, and massage to promote relaxation, increase circulation, aid rehabilitation, improve body alignment and a host of other things. I try to incorporate stretching and movement into every massage session.
I use a variety of friction massage techniques including but not limited to Cross fiber Friction(done moving across and not with the muscle fiber), Circular friction (done by moving superficial layers of skin and muscle over the deeper layers of muscle to break adhesions and create heat to increase blood flow to the area and relax muscles), Deep Transverse Friction (Developed by Dr. James Cyriax, M.D. involves using a version of cross fiber friction to aid in the removal of adhesions or lesions of the ligamentous tissue or tendonous and muscle tissue. Usually performed after Icing so that the work can be done with less pain.
Combines a variety of massage techniques with active(client doing the activity) and passive (therapist moving the client through the range of motion).
Also referred to as Trigger point therapy. Usually released through static compression. Using either finger, thumb, or elbow to release the trigger point using static compression.
Using the H.O.P.R.S. which stands for History, Observation, Palpation, Range-of-motion and Resistance Testing, and Special Tests. Using H.O.P.R.S. aids in determining the muscle groups affected and allows me to develop a course of treatment.
Working deep in the muscle layers with pace, pressure, and rhythm to provide the ideal stimulus for tissue release. It is not just pressing a hard as you can. I work at the edge of the level of pain which is to say that if you use a scale of 1-10 ten being the worst pain. Often times in order to facilitate a change in the body tissue you must work at 7 to 8. This level of work is different for each person. What is an 8 to you may only be a 4 to the next person or vice versa. My job is to work with you to achieve results through massage. Sometimes that means it will hurt. But the entire massage won't hurt.
Working inside the mouth and the exterior muscles of the jaw and head to help relieve the cause of the symptoms of TMJ syndrome.
Which frankly is no different than massage it is just done prior to an event to warm the muscles, during an event to help with cramps or spasms, or after an event to help get rid of toxins and improve the healing and recovery time.
I use Shiatsu massage in my sessions. Simply translated it means finger pressure and I use a variety of techniques that include static pressure.