Swedish Massage provides the client with a relaxing, potentially stress-reducing experience. It consists of
use of a variety of well-defined techniques that will typically relax musculature, enhance circulation and
encourage the movement of waste products towards the lymphatic system. Swedish massage includes effleurage
which consists of long, flowing strokes, pettrisage in which muscle tissue is kneaded, wrung and so forth, friction which
involves movement of the fingers across the skin or moving the skin with fingertips, for example. Other Swedish
techniques include range of motion movements at joints, stretching and tractioning. Most spa massages will use
Swedish techniques often combined with hydrotherapy techniques like moist heat applications, foot treatments and
facials. Generally, a Swedish massage is performed with the client undressed to her or his level of comfort and
covered with a sheet and optionally blankets. Each area being massaged will be undraped and work proceeds
within the ethical borders and the client's comfort level.
Deep Massage as taught at Lauterstein-Conway consists of an approach of interfacing with specific areas of the body
in a deeper manner. A number of different techniques are taught for different points on the body, but the overall approach
includes attention to the interface, breathing, tactile feedback, allowing the point of contact to melt at the pace the client
allows and finishing the techniques in the right moment. Verbal description does not do justice to the techniques. The
results of deep massage can leave the client sore and/or emotionally drained. Deep massage addresses areas that
often never otherwise receive attention.
Sports Massage consists of three distinct "phases"--pre-event, post-event and maintenance. Most of the techniques
in Sports Massage are similar to some Swedish work, but the emphasis is on compressive techniques and the goals
are slightly different. The pace of Sports Massage intends to invigorate or recover rather than to relax. Pre-event
sports massage intends to get blood flowing, warm up tissues, include some stretching and so forth. Post-event
sports massage concentrates more on moving waste products out of the areas of most relevence (e.g. the leg musculature
for events like running or cycling). Maintenance sports massage combines the two and typically lasts a bit longer. The
pre and post event sports massage tends to only last about fifteen minutes. Maintenance sports massage will typically last
an hour with both the elements of sports massage as well as some Swedish and deep techniques.