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Swedish and deep-tissue massage are two bodywork approaches that render very different benefits. Read our guide to choose the best option for you.
The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between DayQuil and NyQuil. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the one that makes the most sense depends on your individual needs. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:
Swedish massage combines four distinct motions?effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement?to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.
Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage has more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones?the fascia?often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.
Dr. Fauzia Khan has spent more than half of her 20 years in the medical field steeped in the world of cosmetic facial enhancement. A board-certified physician, she draws on both her medical and artistic side when performing cosmetic procedures. She also stays attuned to emerging technologies. Radio frequencies combined with pulsed-light technology—as seen on the Rachael Ray Show and other national outlets—tightens the face so it’s less likely to fall off, and FDA-approved lasers remove hair and rejuvenate skin across the body. When lasers aren’t the best solution for skin reconditioning, Vibraderm microdermabrasion wands speed up the exfoliation process through vibrating, single-use paddles that also stimulate circulation. Alternatively, injectables such as Botox, Dysport, and Restylane reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
The tranquility specialists at Spa Thai Essence take an all-natural approach to stress relief and skincare. More than five styles of massage call on herbal compresses, aromatherapy scents, or simply the skilled hands of a massage therapist to ease muscular tension and center the mind. To hydrate and purify skin, body scrubs made of milk, coffee, or oats buff away dead cells and provide pores with a balanced breakfast, while facials performed with Bioelements serums or ultrasound-emitting phonophoresis devices help skin regain a youthful glow.
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From professional athletes to months-old babies, the chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists at All Pro Health Center use their expertise to maximize wellness and body function. The center is the official sports-medicine and health-care center for both the California Quake women's tackle-football team and the Pacific Warriors women's professional football organization, and resident Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Feng has an extensive background in sports medicine. After training at UCLA as a member of the Bruins' sports-medicine program, Dr. Feng served on the medical teams of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Chiefs. His voice may sound familiar from the local radio shows in which he discusses developments in the field of sports medicine, such as solar-powered athletic benches that warm themselves.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and needle-free acupuncture, Dr. Feng and his colleagues treat sports injuries or everyday ailments with a range of manual and high-tech therapies. A certified practitioner performs active-release techniques, a patented soft tissue-based massage system that alleviates pain emanating from overused muscles. The crew also offers relief via physical therapy, kinesiotaping, and cold-laser therapy.