Types of Massage2018-08-21T11:38:49+00:00

Types Of Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of Swedish Massage bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.

Lomi Lomi

Some of the Lomi Lomi strokes are similar to a Swedish massage in that they both use long soothing strokes.  These long strokes called effleurage are usually done with the hands, but in Lomi Lomi they are performed with the hands and the forearms.  The forearms give the stroke a broader feel than the hands. In Swedish massage, effleurage strokes are the essence of the massage. But in Lomi Lomi effleurage strokes are used to primarily feel the tissue that needs treatment and the therapeutic component comes next.  After identifying the area that needs treatment, Lomi Lomi uses a therapeutic static compression to facilitate relaxation of the muscles. Therapeutic static compression is the primary tool for healing. Other modalities use stripping, or cross-fiber work to release muscles.  The Lomi Lomi practitioner uses elbows and forearms to compress and stretch the tissue. The compression is done slowly and held longer than other modalities, such as Shiatsu. The body will subconsciously react at first by tightening the muscle but, after a few seconds, will relax with the comfortable compression of the forearm. Holding the compression allows the client to become aware of the tightness in the tissue and allows them to consciously relax.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger imagepoints” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These “knots” are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

Active Isolated Stretching

Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. As you probably already know, stretching your muscles not only reduces your chance of injury, but also strengthens your tendons and improves your circulation.

Myofascial Massage

Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia – the membrane surrounding muscles – rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.

Medical Massage

Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury.

Comfortable and Consistent Massage!

My experience with Jim for the 2nd time now, was professional, peaceful and the massage was great! The space he has laid out very nicely, and it is very easy to unwind and relax in order to enjoy the full experience of Jim’s massage. My sister always performed massage on me on a regular basis but she relocated last year and since then, I have been through about 4 therapists, UNTIL I FOUND JIM!! I have found my new home for relaxationion and muscle work!

~ Brian WB, Fort Lauderdale

Awesome Massage!

Amazing, wonderful experience,Jim is professional, knows your needs provides absolute excellent service. He is flexible with appointments and will accomodate & tailor to your schedule too. Have been going to him for a year now and would never go to anyone else. Thank you Jim !

~ Kevin Davis, Fort Lauderdale

“Wonderful Masssage”

Jim gave me a wonderful massage. I was having some pain in my neck and low back and he seemed very intuitive using different amounts of pressure and a variety of strokes to ease the muscles that were causing the problems. I like the fact that he spent a good amount of time focused on the “problem” areas of my neck and low back. I have had massages from other therapist that did not give the attention to the areas I said were bothering me. Jim did a great job and I would highly recommend his service. I liked the varitey of techniques and pressure he used during the massage. I will certainly be a repeat customer. The Best Male Massage Therapist I’ve ever been too…..

~ Rick M., Fort Lauderdale

“What an Awesome Experience”

From the moment I walked into Jim’s studio, I felt welcomed and comfortable. The ambiance was warm , inviting and appropriately apportioned. Jim was extremely professional and well-versed in his profession. His methodical approached seemed effortless to him which was very relaxing and soothing. He was able to detect problem areas by touch and addressed those areas with very fluid and attentive hands. Jim was careful to adjust pressure when needed and peformed the massage flawlessly. My only complaint about the experience is that it ended 90 minutes after it began! It was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend Jim to anyone who is looking for a top-notch, professional massage.”

~ Sam L., Fort Lauderdale

Amazing Strength & Stamina…

I first learned about Jim Libonati’s services from a dear friend that suffers from neuropathy and had received a very fulfilling therapeutic chair massage at the Wilton Manor’s monthly GLCC flea market. I had my first massage about 3 1/2 years ago in that chair and subsequently at my home in Oakland Park. It was wonderful, relaxing and satisfying. Jim made me feel, and always make me feel, very comfortable and relaxed. I work in the Catering industry here in South Florida and often suffer from strained muscles in my shoulders and lower back. Jim is very attentive and sensitive to my needs and carefully works out many stress related tension areas & points in my back and shoulders. Jim has since opened a studio space on Oakland Park Blvd in Coral Ridge. I schedule monthly appointments for both relaxation and stress relief. Jim has amazing strength and stamina and always gives me the consistent great deep tissue bodywork I desire. It is truly a relaxing workout for my sore body from my very stressful work. I strongly recommend Jim for a reliable professional full body massage. Jim is “The Best” for my needs.

~ Warren L, Oakland Park, Fl

What a fantastic Massage

What a fantastic Massage, great pressure, very strong and very fluid. I so enjoyed Jim’s massage, and great confident touch. He certainly knows what he is doing, is a well-trained and skilled Massage Therapist. What a great personality he made me feel very comfortable and safe with him. Fantastic Massage will call on him again… Definitely !

~ Mark W., Fort Lauderdale

Amazing Strong Hands Massage

Jim made me feel Safe, Comfortable and at ease before during and after my massage. His professionalism and wonderful personality made for a very positive, and great experience. What an amazing massage, Jim’s Strong and intuitive hands had me melting into his table, I was so relaxed and he addressed all of my issues with my sore muscles. I have already rescheduled, and I would certainly recommend him as your therapist.

~ Mike B., Fort Lauderdale

Very Professional and Talented!

Jim’s professionalism and professional knowledge made me feel very comfortable. During and after my massage I felt that my comfort and well being were a priority. Jim is a very dedicated and talented massage therapist and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a massage.

~ Jon B, Miami Fl

Amazing Hands!

Jim has been to my place to give me my massage many times, and he has the most amazing hands. His knowledge of the body is amazing, and he gives the most fantastic massage. I sometimes have him come over or will go to him. This last time he came to my place, and his massage just seems to get more amazing. Great pressure, fantastic forearm moves, and great leg routine, which sends me to another place. What an amazing massage. Jim is a very outgoing and easy to talk to person, which I really enjoy.

~ John H., Fort Lauderdale

A Healing Experience!

“I want to thank you very much for the wonderful massage. You are a master of the massage table and the healing art of touch. I felt absolutely wonderful the next morning and today. My back and legs are great. None of those bad after massage feelings; I told you about that I had with other masseurs recently.”

~ Jason H., Fort Lauderdale

Amazing Intuitive Touch!

Jim has an amazing intuitive touch, with a very fluidic and rythmic massage. I was in a total relaxation zone. The entire day after my massage was just amazing, I felt literlly like a new person. Jim is an amazing Massage Therapist, and I believe he has a real gift.

~ Joseph B, Fort Lauderdale

Truly wonderful! VERY professional!

~ Tom J., Fort Lauderdale

Truly Awesome Massage!

What an Awesome Massage, Jim’s confident touch and knowledge of the body is amazing. He addresses all of my issues with my back and legs, with deep pressure and great techniques. This last time he came over, I had a stiff neck, and when he left all of my aches and pains were gone. What a truly amazing Massage Therapist, I also feel Safe, and very comfortable with him, what a great personality.

~ Larry H., Fort Lauderdale

Integrated, Skillfull & Intuitive Massage!

I have been getting massages regularly for 30 years and Jim is one of the best. He was intuitive and sensitive about my individual needs, and he was not timid about expertly working my body. I felt relaxed and integrated by his skillful work with me. I highly recommend him.

~ Len L., Fort Lauderdale

Gifted Massage!

“I sincerely want to thank you for the wonderful massage that you gave me. I am still floating. The deep tissue massage was just right and released a lot of stress I was holding in my body. You have a gift for what you do and again I want to say thank you for sharing your gift.”

~ Ed G., Miami Fl