Swedish Massage

This classical treatment of gentle techniques consists of long strokes, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and kneading movements are used to release muscle tensions, remove the pain and improve blood circulation. Rubbing between bones and strokes generally are performed in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It also just simply feels good.

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish massage are each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit: Swedish massage techniques include:

  • Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
  • Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
  • Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
  • Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.
  • Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping.
  • Passive and Active Movements: Bending and stretching.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a general term covering a range of strategies that deal with assisted muscle release at a deeper level. 

Neuromuscular massage techniques are employed to detect muscle tissues that have become distressed. Effective manipulation of stiff or painful musculature using specific hand positions, strokes and specifically developed techniques, bring about relief from muscle tensions and increase flexibility. Treatment for low back and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica, headaches, knees and neck are amongst the common complaints that Deep Tissue specialists treat.

Micro scarring is caused by injuries and often surgery. This ailment is commonly benefited from this type of therapy. Often the treatment and pressure begins gently and can gradually escalate to points of temporary discomfort. Treatment ranges from generally therapeutic to corrective in nature. Deep tissue massage can cause an increase in muscle strength and length appreciably and rapidly.

Deep Tissue Massage therapy usually involves warming the skin and superficial soft tissue of your body prior to the therapist using greater pressure to access the deeper connected tissue underneath.

Deep Tissue Massage - Correct Posture... Release Chronic Muscle Tensions...

"No Pain, No Gain"   doesn't really apply

its more like..." A Good Hurt"...

Myofascial or DynamicCupping

Myofascial Cupping is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style cupping which differs by specifically targeting the Musculo-Skeletal system rather than the meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners. It also uses plastic cups and vacuum suction rather than glass cups and a naked flame to create suction. A hand operated vacuum pump is used to induce a vacuum inside a cylinder sealed to the skin by the use of oil or cream. The vacuum “draws” the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin thus providing a tensile force to the soft tissue system, which can be left in one site for a prolonged period or moved along the tissue. 

What to expect

Your therapist will palpate the skin during or at the beginning of your treatment to determine which areas may benefit from cupping.  Cream, gel or oil is then applied to the skin, before placing the cups on the body.  One, two or several cups can be placed, dependent on the size of the area being worked on. These will typically be left on for up to 10 minutes depending on the client’s reaction and sensitivity. The cup can also be moved around by the therapist with the rim of the cup creating a compression pressure as well. There are varying sizes of cups used for different areas.   The cups are then cleaned after every use.  Cupping should be pain free and bruising should be minimal, however in areas of dysfunction you may experience more bruising, which should disappear within several days. 

Is Myofascial Cupping Safe?

Myofascial Cupping is generally safe for use on most people, however there are some contraindications that may prevent the use of myofascial cupping, such as: 

  • History of vascular disease such as DVT or Varicose veins
  • Pregnant women on lower abdominal region and back 
  • Any bleeding, internal or external
  • Open wounds or Sensitive/fragile skin
  • Young children
  • Recent operation
  • Heart problems
  • Blood thinning medications 


Granter R 2010 The Myofascial Vacuum Cupping Manual R L Granter Y Ass, Melbourne
Sheehan David 2011 Myofascial Cupping 

Benefits Of Myofascial Cupping

Increases nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area
Increases fluid movement which assists in recovery ie; decreased edema ( swelling)
Creates a negative  pressure which passively stretches myofascial tissue, resulting in increased range of motion 
Assist in reduction of localized inflammation and aids recovery 
Breaks Up and Expels Congestion

 Conditions cupping Can help With

Musculo-Skeletal Pain & Injuries
Muscles strains and sprains                                                                                      ITB Syndrome                                                                                                     Plantar  Fasciitis
Neck and Back Pain
Muscle Strains and Sprains
Muscle Imbalances and Tightness