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massage techniques you may experience
few of the benefits of massage
massage gives you a roadmap
of the stress areas you choose
hold onto in your body. Many times people don't know how
much stress they're carrying until they have a massage;
then they're able to feel it and usually let go of it. As
the massage therapist gently stretches and loosens the muscles
and connective tissues or "fascia", stress and muscular
tension are released. Once you have an awareness of where
stress lodges in your body, you
can begin to do something about it. You start to educate
yourself and your body, and you reverse a negative cycle,
which often leads to dis-ease. Massage, often prescribed
for injuries and conditions of pain, works at softening
the muscles to move in more deeply to break up adhesions,
and scar tissue. This allows muscles to become loose and
more elastic, the way they should be. The body then may
be freed of spasm and pain, increase its range of motion,
and have the ability to avoid injury.
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is a form of bodywork
based in traditional Chinese meridian theory in which acupuncture
points are pressed to stimulate the flow of energy or chi.
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provides a concrete means
for overcoming these impeding habits, and for helping people
learn better and do things more freely -- from learning
to play a musical instrument better to moving with more
comfort and ease through your daily life.
Cranio refers to the cranium
which is the bony part of the head. Sacral refers to the
bony bottom of the spine called the sacrum. In the 1900s
Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopathic physician, discovered
cranio movement. In the 1970s Dr. John Upledger, an osteopathic
doctor, helped to further Sutherland's discovery as both
an evaluative tool and a corrective one. Craniosacral therapy
is a light touch manipulation of the head and bottom of
the spine to restore optimal cerebrospinal fluid movement.
It can be especially useful in treating headaches, eye and
ear problems, jaw problems, whiplash, and back pain.
is also called deep muscle
therapy or deep tissue therapy. It is a term used to describe
various massage styles that focus on the deeper muscles
and connective tissues of the body. The therapist uses movement
and pressure to reshape and realign the muscles and connective
tissue, breaking old, habitual holding patterns. Rolfing,
Trager, Hellerwork and Feldenkrais are all forms of deep
is a gentle, soothing,
stretching type of massage claimed to be one of the most
relaxing of body work styles, using the long continuous,
flowing strokes, combined with the very loving touch, relaxes
the entire being, assisting in a letting go of old beliefs,
patterns and behaviors that cause limitations and which
are stored in the cells of our body. Healing, stress reducing,
rejuvenating, Lomi Lomi massage therapy has been practiced
throughout Pacific for thousands of years. Polole Lomi,
"the gentle hand of the mother," Oluea Lomi, "to harmonize
body, mind and spirit," and Oluli Lomi, "to ignite the life-force."
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addresses chronic pain
and sports injury conditions with emphasis on knowing the
underlying causes and pathology of each condition. Focus
is on the entire body, with emphasis on restoring pain free
joint range of motion throughout the body and integrating
complete structural balance. Pain is released by combining
sequences of functional assessment, myofascial release,
neuromuscular therapy, frictioning, muscle energy, stretching,
neuromuscular re-education, structural balancing, patient
home care, and much more. The combination of these techniques
obtains immediate and permanent results in even the most
challenging and complicated clients.
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the movements which
involve various ways of kneading, rolling and picking up
the skin and muscles, is called Petrissage. These movements
help in strengthening the structures by stimulating the
deep layers of tissue, and also help in increasing the supply
of blood to the area. At the same time, it assists improvement
of the lymph flow, and relieves congestion by reducing the
edema. Petrissage techniques also make muscles more pliable,
and are used to relieve soreness and hypertonicity (cramping).
Light kneading eases the top muscle layers, while firmer
kneading works on the deeper muscles.
is the massage of pregnant
women (prenatal) and women after giving birth (postpartum).
It address the special needs of pregnant women such as swollen/painful
hands and feet, stress on weight bearing joints, preparation
of muscles and cardio system for labor & delivery, scar
tissue, exhaustion, and emotional changes.
discomforts in the low back, feet, and legs. This form of
massage usually consists mainly of Swedish
Massage techniques that are modified slightly to take into
account the common aches and pains of pregnancy. Positioning
of the client is also modified as the pregnancy progresses
and the abdomen enlarges.
is a unique massage technique
used by the Lakotas Indians. During a session essential
oils are dropped along the spine and lightly massaged into
the skin where the oils nourish all of the organs, this
influencing each major system of the body. Raindrop therapy
brings the body into balance, help align the energy centers
of the body and release blockages.
is a form of bodywork
based on the theory of zone therapy, in which specific spots
of the body are pressed to stimulate corresponding areas
in other parts of the body. Foot reflexology is the most
common form of reflexology. *Click here to view our reflexology
is a Japanese word pronounced
"ray-kee" and means "Universal Life Energy" or Chi. Reiki
is believed to date back to early Tibetan healing practices.
Discovered in the 1800's by a Japanese philosopher and Christian
seminary educator, Dr. Mikao Usui, Reiki was brought to
the United States in the mid-1900s. As an energy healing
technique, Reiki involves hands-on touch and visualization
applied to the entire body, serving to align chakras and
bring healing energy to organs and glands. The practitioner,
trained to access and serve as a channel for the life energy,
uses a passive touch which some clients experience with
a warmth or tingling.
is also called structural
integration and was developed by Ida Rolf. Rolfing seeks
to reestablish proper vertical alignment in the body by
manipulating the myofascial tissue so that the fascia elongates
and glides rather than shortens and adheres. The 10-session
series can cause deep changes in the body that are physical
as well as emotional.
refers to massage given
with the recipient seated in an ordinary or special massage
chair. Techniques which provide fully-clothed seated massage,
bodywork and somatic therapies to clients, generally in
a corporate or business setting. Practitioners utilize Shiatsu,
Amma, and Swedish techniques.
is a system for healing
and health maintenance that has evolved over thousands of
years. Shiatsu derives both from the ancient healing art
of acupuncture and from the traditional form of Japanese
massage, amma.Shiatsu is a Japanese word: "shi" meaning
finger, and "atsu" meaning pressure. But shiatsu is more
than acupressure, or reflexology. It is a combination of
many different techniques, and modalities, including pressing,
hooking, sweeping, shaking, rotating, grasping, vibrating,
patting, plucking, lifting, pinching, rolling, brushing,
practiced informally since at least 200 B.C.
and brought to America in the 1940's by Torujiro Namikoshi.
Barefoot shiatsu, used mostly in Shiatsu and Thai massage
modalities, which includes walking on the person's back,
legs, and feet is also commonly practiced. The belief behind
Shiatsu and Acupressure is that the body becomes out of
balance due to blocked energy along special points called
'meridians', which are located along invisible channels
of energy flow throughout the body. This blocked energy
can cause discomfort or disease in the body and can be released
with the help of a Shiatsu or Acupressure therapist. In
the practice of shiatsu, each person is primarily responsible
for his or her own health and well-being, and immunity towards
all dis-ease. This contrasts with the Western belief that
the allopathic medical practitioner is principally responsible
for our health. In Western medicine an awareness of the
unique significance of touch, the essential form of communication
between two human beings in the fight to subdue pain, has
all but disappeared; certainly it has become minimal. Ironically,
in all times and all cultures, the importance of touch,
has been acknowledged as a primary means to mitigate and
release pain. In the hurried rounds of the Western clinical
allopathic physician, practicing surgery, prescribing medicine,
and checking hospital charts at the end of the day, alas,
it has basically vanished.
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is the application
of various massage techniques to enhance athletic performance.
Sports massage is applied to athletes to help them train and
perform free of pain and injuries. Massage therapists blend
classic Swedish strokes with such methods
as compression, pressure-point therapy, cross-fiber friction,
joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and cryotherapy (ice massage)
to meet the special needs of high-level performers and fitness
enthusiasts. Sports Massage can reduce the risk of injury
for an athlete, as well as accelerate the body’s natural restorative
processes should injury occur.
A very relaxing massage
using hot basalt lava rocks that are used to massage the body.
Short tight muscles respond very well to this massage and
many achieve a deeper state of relaxation from the stones
massage as the heat melts the muscles, and increases circulation
to area applied, also is very grounding. Also often incorporated
with techniques from Swedish massage to
help get the maximum benefits from the session.
The goals of Structural
Integration is to release the rigidity and tightness of the
body’s soft tissue through the processes of deep
tissue massage and bodywork so that the body can become
more flexible and achieve a healthier alignment. Structural
Integration goes beyond the modalities that help relieve chronic
tension and pain because of its focus on renewing and revitalizing
the structure of the body as a whole.
is also known as the Western
or classic style of massage. It is credited to the Swedish
fencing master and gymnastics instructor, Per Henrik Ling.
It is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles
and connective tissues of the body for the purpose of relaxation,
rehabilitation or health maintenance. Swedish massage therapy
is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage,
petrissage, friction, tapotement (or percussion) and vibration.
The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized
relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved
circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from
The fast and stimulating
movements of massage are termed as Tapotement, or percussion
movements. They include cupping, hacking, pounding (also called
pummeling). Tapotement should not be used on a particularly
bony area or on broken or varicose veins. These movements
stimulate the blood circulation, tone and help strengthen
sagging skin and muscles, especially the soft tissue areas,
such as thighs and buttocks, which are prone to cellulite.
The movement is brisk, working rhythmically and rapidly over
the tissue. Also helps in toning up the muscles and dispersing
the lymphatic fluids.
is an ancient style of therapy
2,500 years old. It is a combination of full body stretching
(a form of yoga), working meridian lines and Shiatsu points.
You stay fully clothed and no oils are used.
utilizes ischemic compression
of individual areas of hypersensitivity in muscles, ligaments,
tendons, and fascia. These trigger points are defined by their
referral of pain to distant locations in muscles, connective
tissues, and organs. Janet Travell, M.D., pioneered trigger
point therapy in the United States.
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