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TYPES OF MASSAGE

Deep Tissue Bodywork
If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not being done right. It is detailed and intense (in a good way) If you suffer from painful muscle spasms or need to rehabilitate an injured joint, deep tissue bodywork may be more helpful to you.
The goal of deep tissue bodywork is to loosen-up connective tissue (the fascia); what is the purpose of the fascia? It contains, restrains, supports and helps in the seepage and diffusion of water, dissolved nutrients as well as an important part of the body’s immune system for disease containment. Why do we work on the fascia? As we get older, fascia becomes more rigid and viscid. Release of adhesions and stretching of the thickened and shortened fascia can help increase a person’s mobility, range of motion and flexibility. Deep tissue work improves breathing, posture and creates the opportunity for a change and new movement patterns. It 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 the muscle tissue.

Swedish Massage
If you simply need to relax, loosen-up, revitalize tired muscles, and if you are plagued by insomnia, Swedish massage with it’s long soothing strokes maybe all you need. This massage brings fluid, fresh oxygenated blood, nutrients and eliminates metabolic waste product in our body. It provides a physical boost to the weary, sore and stressed body.
This massage employs traditional manipulation of long slow gentle strokes (effleurage); kneading, squeezing, pressing and lifting (petrissage); tapping, slapping, hacking and cupping (tapotment);vibration and friction.

Sports Massage
For those people who live an active lifestyle, particularly athlete, who look for an edge that can help them train more effectively, perform better to overcome injuries quickly, sports massage is the kind of bodywork that is right for them. It can reduce the chance of injury through proper stretching. In event preparation, it improves range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance. It shortens recovery time between workouts and it maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow. It enhances elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise. Sports Massage Therapy is classified into three main categories: Maintenance, event and rehabilitation.

Maintenance Massage is a regular program of massage to help the athlete reach optimal performance through injury free training.

Event Massage takes place before, during and/or after competition to supplement the athlete’s warm-up, readying the athlete for top performance and/or to reduce muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occurs with vigorous exercise. Such techniques enhance the body’s recovery process.

Rehabilitation Massage techniques are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries. It can speed up the healing process and reduce discomfort during rehabilitation.

Oscillation (Body Rocking) TRAGER Technique
This bodywork focuses on reaching the unconscious mind. Our body is dumb, it is the mind that controls or holds the position. Re-educating the body to move more freely and lighter is the goal of this modality. Every time we injure our body, our mind’s first response to pain is to secure or protect the injured area, by limiting the range of motion or by contracting it. Our mind stores in its memory a holding pattern that after the injury heals, our body does not function normally (unnoticeably) It does not have its full Range of Motion (ROM), old limiting mental images of self and one’s capabilities maintain and reinforce tension patterns and rigidities in the body which result in restriction, pain, loss or impairment of function.

This is not a treatment or method, but a lesson to your body and mind; its a way of teaching movement and re-educating the body.

“For every physical non-yielding condition, there is a psychic counterpart in the unconscious mind, and exactly to the degree of physical manifestation” – Dr Trager

Chair Massage
On site chair massage is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. On site massage usually last between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.

Reflexology
Reflexologists use the tips of their fingers and thumbs to apply firm, but not heavy, pressure to the reflex areas on the recipient’s feet (or sometimes their hands) to assess the state of health of every part of the body. Reflex areas are linked through a carefully defined series of zones to a specific part of the body.

ACUPRESSURE 
Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle, but firm pressure of hands and feet. Acupressure continues to be the most effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand. Acupressure can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eye strain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension due to stress, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, lower backaches, constipation, and indigestion

 

ASIAN BODYWORK
(Popular modalities include Shiatsu, Amma, Jin Shin Do, Thai massage, and Tui na) Monitoring the flow of the vital life energy (known as Chi, Ki, Prana, or Qi) is at the heart of Asian bodywork. Using physical pressure and manipulation, the healer evaluates and modulates this energy flow to attain a state of balance.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches

 

PRENATAL/PREGNANCY MASSAGE 
Performed by a trained prenatal specialist, many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe prenatally and during labor and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety.

SHIATSU 
Developed in Japan, shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing. With the client reclining, the practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow, or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians. The treatment brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. The benefits of this treatment may include pain relief and a strengthening of the body’s resistance to disease and disorder.

THAI MASSAGE 
Also called Nuad bo rarn, Thai massage has been taught and practiced in Thailand for approximately twenty-five hundred years. Although the origins are somewhat vague, credit for Thai massage is given to a famous Indian doctor, Shivago Komarpaj, who was the personal physician of the Buddha and Magadha king. Historically, manipulation was one of four major branches composing traditional Thai ceremonies or magical practices. Thai massage also involves peripheral stimulating, meaning it acts as an external stimulant to produce specific internal effects. This point serves as the main division between Thai and Western massage. Thai massage is practiced on a firm mat on the floor instead of on a table, instrumental in the effective use of the practitioner’s body weight. Except for the feet, the client remains fully clothed, so draping is not necessary.