Each massage session can be as unique as the combination of therapist, the individual receiving treatment, and whatever is ailing the client that day. When you come to see Linda, she will discuss what your areas of concern are and tailor the session to meet your needs.
Different massage techniques that may be incorporated into your session include:
Relaxation Massage: Light to moderate depth massage, aiming to give overall relaxation.
Deep-tissue Massage: Usually involves lengthier work specific to an area, with enough pressure to penetrate deeper into the muscles and remove adhesions. Occasionally, you may experience temporary soreness for a day or two afterwards, especially if you haven't received massage before.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): Involves applying static pressure to specific areas of tension called trigger points. Trigger points, also called "knots," can develop in chronically tense muscles and radiate pain elsewhere.
Sports Massage: Specific to the sport or activity of the athlete, and can include any of the techniques above. Some sports techniques include passive stretches, active isolated stretches (where the client participates), and vibration (to stimulate rather than relax the muscles).
Prenatal and Perinatal Massage, or Pregnancy Massage: These sessions are specially designed for women both during and immediately after pregnancy. The therapist will be trained in effectively relieving the discomforts of pregnancy while keeping both mother and baby safe.
Massage should never cause more pain. Any "pain" felt during a session should be relieving. Well-trained massage therapists should welcome feedback on depth and location of applied techniques.