Swedish Massage is the most commonly known massage technique, which is used to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by various techniques and consists of rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of the heart. These techniques vary from light to vigorous. The five basic strokes are Effleurage (sliding or gliding), Petrissage (kneading), Tapotement (rhythmic tapping), Cross Friction and Vibration (shaking).
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage consists of a deeper pressure massage than a Swedish Massage technique. This technique is found to be more beneficial in some cases of chronic muscle tension. It focuses on the deepest layers of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep Tissue Massage uses the same techniques as Swedish massage but with more intense pressure.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. This is a technique developed in Germany for treatment of Lymphedema; and accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery. The lymph is moved through the body in its own vessels making one-way journey from the interstitial spaces to the subclavian veins at the base of the neck. It’s a very specific slow systemic technique to move lymphatic fluid and help it filter through the lymph nodes, into the ducts, back to the blood circulatory system, etc. It is implemented with the sole purpose of effecting the surface lymph vessels and to encourage the circulation of lymph. This is very specialized clinical work.