This is what a massage at Simply Therapeutic looks like:
Warming up the muscles for some relaxing neck work.
Working on the suboccipitals, a group of small muscles around the base of the skull that allow subtle bobbing and tilting motions of the head.
This is a type of interactive stretching called Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). Basically, alternating between stretching and contracting the muscles, ending with a stretch, reminds your brain and muscles that they don't have to stay in a shortened (and often painful) position.
Warming up the back muscles with broad, gliding effleurage movements.
Compressing the trapezius, a mucle often associated with shoulder pain. This is possibly the most popular area to have massaged.
Something massage therapists learn early on: using forearms and elbows lets you apply deeper pressure with less strain on your body. Also, it feels awesome for the client.
Some lovely petrissage on the calves.
Going along the tendon of the quadriceps muscle, a particularly helpful move for runners and other athletes.
A pin-and-stretch technique that can feel fantastic if you've got discomfort in your hand or forearm.
Getting deep into the extensor muscles of the forearm.
Tight pec muscles can pull the shoulders forward, overstretching the muscles in your shoulders and upper back. Working on the shoulders and upper back feels good, but lenthening the pecs as well acts as a preventative measure to keep the pain from coming back for longer.