Types of Massage

We offer a wide range of massage services in the DC area; from Deep Tissue Massage to Swedish Massage, Thai Massage, Hot Rock Stone Therapy, Sports Massage, Corporate Seated Massage – On-Site Seated Massage, Pregnancy Massage and more!

Types of Massage

Thai Massage

Created over 2000 years ago, and is still widely practiced today. Thai Massage is a combination of gentle rocking, range of motion, acupressure, reflexology, energy work and stretching, a form of passive yoga. Joints are loosened and opened through manipulation and peripheral stimulation, muscles are stretched, internal organs are toned, vitality is increased and a deep state of relaxation can be achieved. The work is very rhythmical and meditative.

The massage is done on a floor mat with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing. This gives the practitioner a lot of leverage and the ability to use their body very effectively. It also allows for movements that are not as effective, or impossible on a table. Therapists are trained to respect everyone’s varied amount of flexibility and can therefore benefit the limber athlete, as well as those who are not very limber, by stretching everyone to their own personal limits.

Swedish Massage

The most common form of massage, Swedish mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains. Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.

Deep Tissue Massage

As the name implies, a Deep tissue massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons, and fascia. It can be used for specific work or full-body.

Hot Rock Stone Therapy

Warm stones are placed strategically on the back. The whole body is then massaged with the rocks. The heat component makes it good for arthritic patients as well as warming the muscles for a deep tissue massage. Also relieves pressure from PMS through the relaxing heat.

Sports Massage

For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages: pre-event, post-event, during training and to expedite rehabilitation after injury.

Corporate/On-Site Seated Massage

Is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation

Pregnancy Massage

Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep and calm an active baby. Many pregnancy massage specialists integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending upon where you are in the pregnancy, the therapist may utilize reflexology, Swedish massage or very light shiatsu.