Swedish Massage is best known as a relaxation massage. The goal is to increase blood circulation, ease tension in the body and more superficial layers of soft tissue, stimulate the skin, release toxins and metabolic waste from the body tissue and soothe the nervous system.
Deep Tissue Massage affects both the superficial and deeper tissue of the muscles as well as connective tissue, known as fascia. The goal is to help resolve acute muscle injuries as well as chronic problems. It is ideal for treating sports injuries, postural misalignment and chronic muscle tension.
Trigger points consist of a tight band and a hyperirritable spot within a muscle. When compressed, this spot will elicit a pain response and almost always radiate pain to other areas of the body. Trigger Point Therapy involves deactivating the point through ischemic compression and stretching.
Active massage techniques involve engaging the muscle being treated, through either passive or active means, as a way to access and break up scar tissue that has developed within the muscle, typically due to trauma or dystunctions stemming from repetitive use.