Hillary Bergman, LMT
Voted Best Massage Therapist
Austin Monthly 2014!
Deep Tissue – releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue, because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Trigger Point Therapy (also known as Neuromuscular Therapy) – applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.
Swedish Massage – a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, and sometimes combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Swedish Massage is the basis for most massage done in the United States and can be used lightly to relax, or more deeply to release tension. The following strokes are all components of Swedish Massage.
Effleurage – is a stroke generally used in a Swedish massage treatment. This smooth, gliding stroke is used to relax soft tissue and is applied using both hands.
Friction – is the deepest of Swedish massage strokes. This stroke encompasses deep, circular movements applied to soft tissue causing the underlying layers of tissue to rub against each other. The result causes an increase in blood flow to the massaged area.
Petrissage (also called kneading) – involves squeezing, rolling and kneading the muscles and usually follows effleurage during Swedish massage.
Tapotement – is executed with cupped hands, fingers or the edge of the hand with short, alternating taps to the client.
On-site Massage (also known as chair massage or corporate massage) – is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.
Myofascial Release – is a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension.
Sports Massage – massage therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.
I blend the techniques I've learned to give you a customized session that best serves you! Each person, each body is unique, and every session should be different to meet an individual's needs at that moment.