Developed in Stockholm a couple of centuries ago, Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of bodywork performed today.
The goal is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Additional techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Lotion is often used to reduce friction and stimulate the skin.
Swedish massage is exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but is used to target knots and release chronic muscle tension using techniques such as trigger point therapy and Active Release Techniques. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Deep tissue massage uses strokes across the grain of the muscles, not with the grain as in Swedish massage. The more intense movements and techniques such as deep finger pressure may be slightly uncomfortable and cause soreness that lasts a couple of days before resulting in the desired relaxation and pain relief.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, but they can be other types. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release.
During the massage, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage, then massages you while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.
Cranial sacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of alternative medicine that deals with the movement of the fluid surrounding the skull and spine. Cranial sacral therapists ease the restriction of nerve passages by focusing on the membranes that encase the central nervous system.
Cranial sacral therapy seeks to restore misaligned bones to their proper position and is thought to eliminate the negative effects of stress as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ- the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more.
Trigger point massage (also known as myotherapy) is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The result of trigger point massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins.
A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment.
Reflexology is a branch of massage the focuses solely on the hands and feet. Reflexology uses specifically targeted points on the extremities to send signals to the brain and balance the nervous system.
A MT stretches and moves the hands and feet, applying pressure on reflex areas that correspond to specific organs and other parts of the body. Endorphins are released throughout the entire body, reducing stress and returning the body to equilibrium. Reflexology has been known to provide relief from ailments such as tension headaches, arthritis, digestive issues and back pain.
Sports massage is a special form of massage typically used before, during, or after athletic events. The main purpose is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity.
When minor injuries occur, due to overexertion and overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help to prepare the athlete for peak performance, draining away fatigue, relieving swelling, reducing muscle tension, promoting flexibility, and preventing injuries.
Sports massage is designed to address specific concerns and may differ according to the athlete’s specific sport. Sports massage can help prevent those nagging injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or once-a-week jogger.
We absolutely love working with business of all shapes and sizes to schedule on-site corporate chair massage services for events, meetings, or even as a well deserved reward for employees or customers. In addition to being an enormously valuable relaxation tool, chair massage can also be an entirely effective rehabilitation tool as well. If you are a business owner, employer or employee in or around New Jersey, then we can and want to work with you too!
According to The American Journal of Epidemiology, 86% of the American workforce spends approximately 7.7 hours per day sitting down. Whether being seated, or else just in a postural position that inhibits the natural, dynamic and fluidly flexible movement patterns native to the human body, extended periods of inactivity have been clinically proven to increase incidents of mental, emotional and physical ailments and illnesses. This translates to decreased employee morale, not to mention decreased productivity and efficiency. Combat this decrease while increasing morale, health and wellness -by demonstrating employee appreciation with an on-site corporate chair massage event!
These events work especially well in a public setting, because clients can remain fully clothed. And since each individual chair session only lasts for 10-30 minutes, it is ideal for sharing the minimum 1 hour scheduled time per mobile therapist. Within that hour, you can have between 4-6 of your deserving employees pampered. The chairs our therapists bring are small, unobtrusive, and can fit in an out-of-the-way area like a corner, conference room or even a cubicle.
What is an outcall massage in New Jersey?
An outcall massage (also known as an in-home massage or mobile massage) is when a professionally trained therapist brings a table or chair to your office, home, or other location. The professional therapist will use all appropriate draping techniques and will supply music. You are expected to provide a quiet location, and payment will be collected at time of service.
What kind of massage techniques can be employed at Handy Massage in New Jersey?
Our therapists are licensed, very professional and incredibly knowledgeable. They are comprehensively trained in all major non-sensual massage modalities, although some of them have certain specialty areas like hot stone and rain drop. Please visit our services page to learn more about each specific modality.
How much does a mobile massage cost?
Therapeutic massage charges vary by length of session and distance to the location. You will receive a service quote when your mobile session is scheduled. Coupons or discounts are honored on outcall sessions’ full prices, but cannot be combined with other specials.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, A Handy Massage offers gift certificates in any amount, available by phone, for all of our in-home, outcall or onsite therapy and spa treatment services.
How long is a session?
Our sessions are available for 60, 90 or 120 minute increments.
How much lead time is needed to schedule a mobile massage?
A Handy Massage can accommodate massage service requests in as little as 2 hours! Personal chef services prefer 7 days notice to allow for planning and food purchasing. However, please call to determine if your request can be accommodated in less time.
Can I request a 30 minute in-home massage?
Therapy sessions are available in 60, 90, or 120 minute sessions. Any shorter session would not be cost effective for the travel time and set up needs. However, 2 guests may split a 60 minute session. Sessions will be charged for the entire scheduled length even if you must end the massage before the scheduled completion time.
Should I tip the mobile therapist or therapist?
It is customary to tip a therapist between 15-25% of the service fees. When choosing a tip amount, please keep in mind that they has traveled to your location, and may have accommodated your request on short notice.
Is a deposit required for onsite massage in New Jersey?
We require a credit card to hold all reservations and have a 24 hour cancellation policy on regular services. For groups, parties and event chair services we require a one hour non-refundable deposit at the time of booking to be used towards the 1st hour of service. This deposit will not be refunded for any reason if event is cancelled.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes we do. Because of the mobile nature of our business, when you book an appointment with us, you are booking the travel and labor time of one of our therapists. If you cancel later on, they have been passed over for other opportunities by then because they were reserved for you.
Therefore, we maintain a 24 hour cancellation policy for all massage and spa treatment services. For larger events and spa parties, we require a minimum of 72 hours notice. For personal chef and catering services, your deposit will not be refunded for any reason, since our staff uses that deposit to purchase food and supplies for the event.