Hide/Show Banner - Font SizeFont SizeFont SizeFont Size - Home - Site Map - Print Page - Email Page - Refer a Friend - Email Us

Suzanne Cerny is ready to work with you at your home or office. A Massage Chair for a back massage at the office. A table massage for Swedish relaxation or Deep Tissue therapeutic at home or at the Chiropractic Office.

Types of Massage
There are a variety of different styles, types and techniques of massage utilized by massage therapists. We've provided a description of some of the more popular and well known types of massage being used today.

» Aromatherapy
» Deep Tissue Massage
» Reflexology
» Prenatal Massage
» Zen Massage
» Sports Massage
» Hot Stone Massage
» Swedish Massage

Foot reflexology is part of our regular practice.
Reflexology is well known. It is similar to acupressure which is taught at the Acupressure Center. Suzanne Cerny is a graduate of NHI in Emeryville, The study of Reflexology has been part of her regular training in both schools. Reflexology refers to the zones of the body that are present on the soles of the feet. Working on the feet, or lightly pressing other acupressure points on the body, are reflexive in the sense that the points lead to the movement of energy that takes place within the specific pressure points. Michael Reed Gach is the author of the hand book: Acupressure Points (self help book). At this time, DEc, 2016, Michael is offering a complete course in accupressure points for specific holiday needs, (stress, digestion, headache, etc); and is offering an online course complete with reading pulse.

Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled CranioSacral) is an osteopathic form of treatment. Massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and osteopaths incorporate this system into their practices. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, in a gentle manner. Movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.[2]

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate with the patient to check the level of pressure used by the therapist.

Aromatherapy Raindrop Massage

Raindrop massage is based on an ancient South American massage.
Please contact the therapist for more information.

Prenatal massage is similar to massage during non-pregnancy in terms of the goals (relaxation, pain relief, increased circulation & mobility, etc.). However, due to the changes undergone during pregnancy, modification are made. To accommodate swollen tender breasts and a growing belly, special pillows, positioning and techniques are utilized to ensure comfort for both the expecting mother and baby. With increasing weight, a changing center of gravity and the many other changes associated with pregnancy, prenatal massage can help provide relief and a sense of well being that is much deserved.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is actually a form of Swedish massage that is light and quick for athletes. Sports massage focuses on increasing blood and lymphatic fluid flow, reducing and eliminating pain as well as tender trigger points, and increasing range of motion of the affected area. Sports massages can be broken into 4 distinct types - the pre-event sports massage, the post-event sports massage, the restorative sports massage and the rehabilitative sports massage. As the names indicate, each type of sports massage has a different focus for the athlete as they are delivered at different times during their training and performance schedule.

Stone Massage

A stone massage uses cold or water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly river stones which over time, have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recipient's back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes. The term "Swedish" massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called "classic massage".

[1] Content Copyright ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC dba MassagePlanet.com
[2] Content Obtained from Wikipedia.com.