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How I Customize Each Session Using My Massage Style

Updated: Mar 28

As a massage therapist, I often find myself fielding questions about the specific type of massage I offer. Today, I want to shed light on my massage style.

how I customize each session using my massage style

The truth is that my style doesn't come with a fancy label like Thai massage, Ashiatsu, or Reflexology. Instead, I use a combination of fundamental techniques, including effleurage, petrissage, compression, trigger point release, and traction. I customize each session to meet your individual needs.

How Massage Therapy Works

Getting bogged down in the technical terms used to describe a massage isn’t essential. What matters is how you feel during the session. Some may think massage therapy is about physically manipulating your muscles, breaking up scar tissue, or lengthening muscle fibers. The truth is that massage therapy stimulates your nervous system, which sends signals to your brain that help you relax your muscles. In other words, your brain is doing most of the work behind the scenes, even though it may not get the credit it deserves.

Dispelling the “No Pain, No Gain” Myth

It's time to end the "no pain, no gain" myth that often surrounds the massage world. This mindset is not only unnecessary, but it can also be counterproductive and even harmful at times. Your massage experience should be a relaxing and relieving journey, not a test of endurance through unnecessary discomfort.

Tailoring the Session to Your Goals

The most important aspect of a great massage is understanding what you want to achieve. Are you looking to address a specific problem area, or is your goal to manage stress? Answering this question will determine the direction of our session. Here's a general guide on how I approach different scenarios:

Deep Tissue Massage 

This type of massage involves applying firm pressure to specific problem areas and surrounding muscles. It's ideal for addressing chronic pain, repetitive use injuries, and trigger points. However, it's important to note that deep tissue massage shouldn't be a painful experience. Instead, it should be therapeutic.

Relaxation Massage 

Slow and gentle movement characterize relaxation massage. It aims to reduce stress by interrupting the stress signals to your brain. It's an excellent way to manage chronic stress and complements any health and wellness routine.

My Massage Style: The Fundamentals

During my sessions, I typically use a combination of relaxation and deep tissue techniques. Here's a quick rundown of massage therapy terms:

  • Effleurage: This technique involves long, sweeping strokes to soothe and calm the body.

  • Petrissage: This technique involves kneading and squeezing motions targeting deeper muscle layers. It can help enhance circulation and promote relaxation.

  • Compression: This technique involves steady pressure applied evenly to promote muscle relaxation and relieve pain.

  • Trigger Point Release: This technique involves focused, direct pressure on tight muscle knots (trigger points.) It can help alleviate pain and tension.

  • Traction: This technique involves gentle pulling or stretching movements that release tension in both joints and muscles.

Your Satisfaction is Paramount

I want you to have the best experience possible, so your satisfaction is my top priority. If there are techniques you prefer or wish to avoid, or if you have any goals or concerns, just let me know. I'll make sure to tailor the session to your preferences. Effective communication is critical to a great massage, so don't be shy to share your thoughts. 

Until Next Time

Remember that your massage is a collaborative experience. Please take an active role in shaping it. If you haven't already, click the button below to book your next massage session. Let's embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation together. Your well-being deserves it!

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