Swedish Massage, the most popular of massage techniques, is effective for reducing stress, increasing circulation throughout the body, improving drainage of the lymphatic system, and relaxing stress and tension. Swedish massage uses gliding hand motions to achieve these goals. Other techniques used are petrissage (kneading action), friction, and tapotement (chopping). If a stress-reducing, relaxing massage is what you desire, this one has your name all over it.
Deep tissue is also known as therapeutic, sports, or knot release massage. Deep tissue can be beneficial to anyone experiencing muscle pains and aches resulting from athletic activity and physical exertion. This modality is not for everyone. It uses deep pressure to alleviate “speed bumps” in underlying areas that cause pain and decreased range of motion. The client will feel an immense amount of “good pain” when receiving these strokes, however will feel rejuvenated and relaxed in many days, sometimes weeks afterwards.
Shiatsu is a Japanese modality that uses ancient Chinese medicinal principles of Acupuncture and Acupressure. It follows invisible lines in the body, called meridians. Working with the meridians can help identify and communicate with the body and with specific complaints that emanate from internal organs. Issues like headaches, liver toxicity, digestive problems, and heart troubles can be alleviated and reduced with Shiatsu. Shiatsu is not a replacement for other treatments or medications, and you should always consult a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat disease.
Qi, the universal wisdom energy life force, exists in every object. It is within us in every particle that makes up our being. Reiki can help focus our energy and elicit positive transition, increase our awareness, and make us feel completely relaxed. Reiki is a gentle, energy-based, and intention-oriented modality. You will feel a sense of warmth and harmony, and a balance of mind and body. Some people feel as if they are levitating off the table, while others feels very grounded during the treatment. This modality can be done with clothes on.
Reflexology is a modality that is also informed by ancient wisdoms of Chinese and Egyptian medicine, and utilizes acupuncture and acupressure points similar to shiatsu, but is focused on the hands and feet. Our hands and feets contain maps of the body, and have reflex zones that communicate with our organs. Applying pressure to these areas can relieve stress in powerful ways, and help move Qi in places where it is stuck. Reflexology can move psychic and emotional energy as well, and it is not unusual for patients to cry or laugh during therapy.
Chair massage is a fantastic way to share the love with a team. Intended for shorter sessions, chair massage can help melt all the stress of your day away for 10 to 15 blissful minutes, giving you a whole new start to your day, and then doing the same for your coworkers. Imagine the look on your boss's face as she whispers in my ear, "just 5 more minutes."
Prenatal massage is one of the best things you can do for your body if you are pregnant. It helps release pressure built up in your joints, it relieves stress in your muscles and ligaments, it helps promote lymphatic drainage, and helps stimulate healthy milk production. It also helps you deal with the headaches and fatigue often experienced by expecting mothers.
Aromatherapy utilizes a powerful range of essential oils to modulate psychic and physical energy and to alleviate symptoms of depression, stress, pain, and anxiety. It can also be used just because you like the smell of a particular oil. Different plant oils have diverse properties, ranging from antiseptic (tea tree, the mint family), anaesthetic (clove), calming (chamomile, rose, & passionflower), invigorating (citrus), awakening (tea, nightshades, coffee), to revitalizing (eucalyptus, cedar, and vetiver).
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