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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. Pease note Ambiance Massage Therapy Does not perform All styles listed below,. This is a list for client education purposes only.

  • Massage Cupping and Medi-Cupping performed at Ambiance Massage Therapy LLc
  • Medical Massage Performed at Ambiance Massage Thereapy LLC

» Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage

» Deep Tissue Massage
» Hydrotherapy
» Myofascial Release
» Prenatal Massage
» Sports Massage
»Stone Massage
» Swedish Massage
» Trigger Point Therapy

Massage Cupping And Medi cupping Please choose the appropriate link below to learn more information.



Cupping does not have to leave red or purple marks on your body, those marks are from the cup being held in one place for a long time, Sometimes the redness will show up if the cup is held for a short period of time this shows the therapist where ther is stagnation and debris of past injuries and current tissue damage.

Medi cupping also aids is Cellulite Treatment an 8 week Treatment, Body Contouring for post surgical procedures such as Liposuction , and tummy tucks, Scar Treatments best results are soon afterthe scar tissue has healed complety, Facial Lifting, gluteal Inhancement, and breast Inhncement.

Medical Massage

Medical Massage allows the massage therapist to work closely with you physician or specialist who will prescribe Medical massage for you. You must have a Letter of Medical Necessity form that the Masasge therapist will mail to your physician. Not all massage therapist are trained in Medical Massage so make sure you are going to A Medical Massage Practitioner. Some Insurance Companies will pay for medical massage and we will check with them first before any medical massage is performed to ensure payment. However, there will be a minimum payment due incase the insurance company decides that servies are no longer covered. This is to ensure that the therapist is compensated for their time and caregiving. If you feel that you would benifit from medical massage please contact Amanda Peoples at Ambiance Massage 256-468-1587

There are several conditions that medical massage can be lessened or completly healed by medical massage, here are some exaamples

Sciatica , Carple Tunnel, Rotator Cuff, Fibromyagia, TMJ, Plantar Fasciitis, Restless Leg, Edema,

Thorasic outet syndrome , Automobile Accident Injuries, Work related Injuries , Muscle Cramps,Range of Motion Issues

Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage
Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Ashiatsu is unlike any deep tissue massage you have ever experienced! The root word 'ashi' means 'foot' and 'atsu' means 'pressure' so together they symbolize 'foot pressure' in a technique that delivers a consistent, deep, luxurious massag, .with gravity and grace in this barefoot massage Therapist uses strong effleurage strokes with their sanitized feet that glide over shoulders, back and legs with deep to subtle pressure. Correct application provides deep relaxation and stimulates the lymphatic system of the body. Bars are used overhead for support and balance. I have found no other technique that melts the tensions away from a muscle the way Ashi does. The slow, consistent pressure relax the nervous system while the long, fluid strokes stretch and elongate even the tightest muscles, without 'muscling' them into submission. All deep tissue work should feel this relaxing. This is a truly amazing technique! Recommended for general back complaints, leg strain from running, hip discomfort and sciatica, folks who like extreme work without pain.

<aname="craniosacral">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 massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.[2]


<aname="craniosacral">Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy involves the use of water for pain-relief and treating illness. The term hydrotherapy itself is synonymous with the term water cure as it was originally marketed by practitioners and promoters in the 1800s. A hydrotherapist therefore, is someone who practices hydrotherapy. According to the International SPA Association (ISPA), hydrotherapy has long been a staple in European spas. It's the generic term for water therapies using jets, underwater massage and mineral baths (e.g. balneotherapy, Iodine-Grine therapy, Kneipp treatments, Scotch hose, Swiss shower, thalassotherapy) and others. It also can mean a whirlpool bath, hot Roman bath, hot tub, Jacuzzi, cold plunge and mineral bath. These treatments use physical water properties, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.[2]

Myofascial Release

<aname="craniosacral">Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.[2]


Prenatal Massage

<aname="craniosacral">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.[1]



<aname="craniosacral">Shiatsu (指圧) ("shi" meaning finger and "atsu" meaning pressure.) is an eastern (oriental) born therapy that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as acupressure and incorporates stretching. It also uses techniques such as rolling, brushing, vibrating, grasping and in one particular technique developed by Suzuki Yamamoto, pressure is applied with the feet on the persons back, legs and feet (special set up is required for the "foot" shiatsu).[2]

Sports Massage

<aname="craniosacral">Sports massage is actually a form of Swedish massage that is delivered to athletes. Most commonly, 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.[1]


Stone Massage

<aname="craniosacral">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.[2]


Swedish Massage

<aname="craniosacral">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".[2]

Trigger Point Therapy

<aname="craniosacral">Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger point practitioners believe that palpable nodules are small contraction knots[ambiguous] and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction. The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns, allowing practitioners to associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere.[2]


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