Swedish tends to be a lighter, more relaxing style of massage that uses gentler techniques of invigorating strokes that move from the extremities toward the heart to increase circulation. This style of bodywork uses oils and/or lotions and is considered to be the best thing for relaxation.
By heating up stones to use as the massage tools in this treatment, this modality has the ability to work on the level of Deep Tissue, while using oils and a gliding technique that offer the same characteristics of a Swedish massage. The stones heating or cooling effect will add to the regular massage techniques to make muscle relaxation easier, faster, or deeper. And speaking of deep work, stones can help your therapist work more deeply without using so much pressure – which is good for both you and the therapist.
Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Prenatal massage enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. In addition to the fact that massage during pregnancy just plain feels good, there are many other benefits for the mom-to-be and her baby. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman’s body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her.
Deep Tissue is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release 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 fiber’s of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction and it helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
A trigger point is an area of a muscle that may refer pain sensations to other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy applies manual pressure to these points. With the proper pressure, duration and location, immediate release of tension and improved muscular functioning may occur. This therapy has been known to diminish migraine pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and other pain syndromes, and other symptoms that may have been misdiagnosed.
Thai Massage more completely addresses the total body by combining the physical benefits of a table massage along with the energy balancing benefits that address the body’s energy pathways. The therapist uses hands, arms, feet and knees to provide gentle, rhythmic compressions and yoga-like stretches to joint and muscle tissue, all while addressing the 10 major energy lines that make up the second body. Almost like a choreographed dance, this therapy moves slowly and effortlessly, using an ingeniously created series of leveraged weight and counter balancing movements that fully support the therapist and the client.
Reiki is a non-invasive Japanese technique administered by “laying on hands” and is most noted for stress reduction and relaxation. The practitioner works on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels to remove energetic blocks. This is done by raising the vibration until the negative Ki cannot hold on to the area it is attached to and is released. Other times, the negative Ki may be reprogrammed by the Reiki energy and transformed into positive Ki which restores and maintains health. Reiki can sense exactly where negative Ki exists in a person’s subtle energy system and will flow to these areas where it changes the vibration of negative Ki. When the body is weak, Reiki can provide the body with a very nurturing supply of Ki that helps the organs return to healthy functioning, thus healing at the level of cause and creating permanent healing.