It improves circulation without increasing heart load. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the
soft tissues of the body. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling,
vibrational, percussive and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to
reduce friction on the skin.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE focus on the body's deeper muscles and connective tissues. The therapist uses lotion to relieve friction, and applies deep-kneading movements to realign muscles. Deep muscle techniques usually involve slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements that go across the grain of the muscles. It relieves chronic tension, increases range of motion, improves posture and
SPORTS MASSAGE Consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries, such as alleviating
inflammation and providing a warm-up. Pre-event massage can help warm up muscles and improve circulation before competition, but it can also energize or relax an athlete and help him focus on the competition. Post-event massage will be calming and relaxing with the goal of easing pain and
soreness and reducing inflammation
NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE Neuromuscular Therapy is a program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes by utilizing specific massage therapy, including the pressure of trigger points, to eliminate the causes of pain patterns. This approach brings about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. It enhances the function of joints, muscles, and movement, and it releases endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers.
REIKI Reiki means "universal life energy." The treatment follows a traditional pattern of hand positions resting on the body without pressure. Reiki is pure energy, and brings about deep relaxation and healing. Reiki is a popular new-age style of massage used for relaxation and to heal general ailments.
ROLFING seeks to re-educate your body about posture. When posture is poor, it can be reflected in a number of health problems, such as backaches, headaches and joint pain. Rolfing seeks to realign and straighten your body by working the myofascia, the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and helps hold your body together. A sense of lightness and greater mobility often result from Rolfing. Treatments
are usually offered in a 10-session series.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY focuses on the skull and spinal column. Therapists use very gently pressure no more than the weight of a nickel to massage the bones, membranes and fluids that support and bathe your skull and spinal column. It facilitates the release of tension in muscles, connective tissue, and the central nervous system
SHIATSU Shiatsu incorporates the theory of acupuncture, acupressure and other manual therapy techniques to balance the flow of yin and yang energies within the body. Shiatsu theory proposes that energy, known as "Chi" (or "Ki") moves through the body along well defined pathways called meridians. For optimum health, these energies should be balanced. Shiatsu is used to treat pain and illness, to relax the body, and to maintain general health.
CHAIR MASSAGE AYou are massaged fully clothed in a special chair designed to relax you. Therapists use a combination of massage strokes, including Shiatsu, Swedish and deep tissue massage to alleviate temporarily the symptoms of stress and fatigue. Massages typically last ten to twenty minutes and can be performed anywhere.
AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE Aromatherapy involves a massage treatment using oil that has been blended with
the essence of a plant. Essential oils can have a stimulating, regulating, sedative balancing or uplifting effect on the nervous system. They can have a regenerating effect on the skin, and promote new cell growth and relieve pain. Most oils are antiseptic and several have been proven to stimulate the immune system. Aromatherapy is helpful in relieving stress, fluid retention, sleeping disorders and anxiety, and helps enhance health and appearance.
STONE THERAPY The client disrobes and lies facedown on a board or cot, with a sheet or towel draped over his or her lower half. The practitioner applies the hot and cold stones, in sequence, to the client's back. This form of therapy is deeply relaxing and can promote healing of the body and mind.
SENSUAL MASAGE For couples in love, erotic partner massage can be a relaxing and very sensual way to stay close. Use the same basic strokes as in therapeutic massage, but take more time to explore pleasurable sensations. You might want to start things off with a bubble bath or shower. Sensual massage often begins with the same elements of aromatherapy massage, a sensual environment, full nudity and deep massage strokes, but takes things a step further. Usually given between consensual sexual partners, sensual massage involves stimulation of the genitals and often ends with an orgasmic response.Sensual massage produces a strange mix of relaxation and excitement that most people find very pleasurable.