Swedish massage refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculoskeletal system. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots, also known as "adhesions."
Reflexology states that there are reflex areas that exist in the hands and feet which correspond to every part of the body, including organs and glands. The body can be affected by stimulating the appropriate reflex areas. This therapy is used to relieve stress and tension, stimulate deep relaxation, improve blood supply and promote the unblocking of nerve impulses to normalize and balance the entire body.
Acupressure is often called “acupuncture without needles.” Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses finger-pressure and other parts of the body to skillfully press and massage key points along pathways/meridians of energy that run through the body. This therapy stimulates the body's natural self-curative abilities and has been trusted for more than 5,000 years as a highly effective means of relieving and preventing common ailments, stress, fatigue and pain.