What is a Massage or Body Work?
Through touch, applied pressure, tension, motion or vibration, a therapist manipulates your body tissues and joints, in order to help your body heal and increase overall health and well-being.
Therapists use their hands, forearms, elbows or feet; use a variety of techniques and work on specific parts or your whole body. Therapists locate areas of tension and soft-tissue problems.
Benefits of Massage
- Reduces stress, tension, blood pressure, headaches, eye-strain, muscle spasms, strains, stiffness and pain
- Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
- Improves circulation, immune system and riddance of toxins in the system
- Improves posture, joint flexibility, range of motion and athletic performance, and rehabilitation after injury and surgery
- Improves deeper sleep, easier breathing, peace of mind, relaxation and well-being, body awareness and mind-body connection
- Increases health and nourishment of skin
Frequency and Duration
Most massages last 30 to 90 minutes. The more frequently you can get them, the better.
|Type of Massage||Description|
|Aromatherapy Massage||What is Aromatherapy Massage? Using a mix of one or more essential oils (highly concentrated plant extracts, derived from flowers, leaves, bark, roots and seeds), with carrier oils (such as sweet almond, apricot or grapeseed), the therapist will massage you using a combination of Swedish massage and Acupressure / Shiatsu.
When essential oils are inhaled, it positively affects the heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.
||What is Traditional Ashiatsu? Meaning foot (ashi) pressure (atsu) in Japanese, therapists apply pressure to your body with their feet, but may also use their knees, elbows, palms and/or fingers.
Treatments are usually done on a mat on the floor and typically include stretching, stimulation or sedation of acupressure points/meridians, and structural alignment techniques, deeply working your muscles, internal organs, and bones.
|Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (AOBT)||What is Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy? Stabilizing herself with bars hung from the ceiling, the therapist climbs up on the massage table and massages you with her feet using a combination of Ashiatsu and Swedish foot massage.
AOBT is a deep compression massage that is done in a push-pull-pumping effect on the patient’s muscles.
|Craniosacral therapy (CST)||What is Craniosacral Therapy? Lying face up, the therapist applies gentle fingertip pressure to areas from the head to the base of the spine. This releases constrictions in the craniosacral system (The membranes and fluid that protects the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones).|
||What is Deep Tissue Massage? Compared to classic massage, deep tissue massage focuses on a specific problem. Deep tissue massage works on tissue structures of the muscle and connective tissue in order to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions”). Many movements and techniques are based on Swedish massage, but the movements and pressure are generally slower, more intense and more focused.
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during deep tissue massage.
||What is Four-Handed Massage? A massage performed with two or more therapists. All therapists massage your body at the same time, helping you to relax and not focus on any one part of your body.|
|Hot Stone Massage
(La Stone, Lava Stone)
|What is Hot Stone Massage? While using strokes from Swedish massage, the therapist holds smooth, heated stones (often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well), to provide a deep, soothing massage.
The therapist might also leave stones on specific points along your spine, or in the palms of your hand, or even between your toes. As stones cool, the therapist replaces them with new ones.
|Lomi Lomi||What is Lomi Lomi? Incorporating both physical and spiritual parts of healing, Lomi Lomi is based on the awareness of the relationship between man and God. Before the massage begins, the therapist offers a quiet prayer or blessing and then works multiple areas in unison through long strokes, usually with the forearm, keeping the mind from focusing on any one part of the body and to find balance.|
|Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)||What is Manual Lymph Drainage? MLD is a comfortable, non-aggressive type of massage involving light, rhythmical strokes that collect and move lymphatic fluid to help detoxify the system, reduce fluid retention of certain parts of the body, speed up the healing process, and address allergies, headaches, sinusitis, low energy and frequent infections.
Points of focus include the neck, abdomen, trunk and extremities.
|Myofascial Release||What is Myofascial Release? Therapists use interactive stretching techniques and varying degrees of pressure to slowly relax the malleable, thin, continuous layer of connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, organ and bone.
This can be done alone, however, many therapists incorporate it into their regular practice/techniques.
||What is Pregnancy or Pre-Natal Massage? When pregnant, your body goes through tremendous change: weight gain, change in center of gravity and posture. Specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs, the body is properly positioned and supported through the use of pillows and padding to ensure comfort and safety for you and your baby.
Swedish massage technique is used and is especially good for relieving swelling, cramping, aches and pains, constipation, nausea and indigestion, and anxiety, stress and depression caused by hormonal changes. It also provides emotional comfort and support and improves self-image, prepares the body for labor and helps to keep the skin supple, preventing stretch marks.
||What is Reflexology? Reflexology focuses specifically on the feet. The concept is that all nerves begin in the foot and travel up the body, and as a result, if any area of the body is not functioning properly, reflexology can help relieve the problem.
After assessing the feet, the therapist stimulates various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension and will use brisk movements to warm the feet up. Pressure, stretch and movement is then applied from the toes to the heel, according to your comfort, to effect corresponding parts of the body, breaking up patterns of stress.
|Shiatsu / Acupressure||What is Shiatsu? ‘Shi’ meaning finger and ‘atsu’ meaning pressure, the main goal of Shiatsu is to bring the body back into its natural balance and let nature continue its course. Therapists apply pressure to over 300 points all over the body to help regulate or repair the flow of Qi.
Qi runs along the 12 meridians throughout the body, all of which connect to specific organs.
|Sports Massage||What is Sports Massage? Sports massage therapy is given to active people, usually those regularly involved in sports, as a part of their conditioning program. Often, sports massage is performed before, during and after athletic events.
Although sports massage can include many techniques from many forms of bodywork, Shiatsu and Swedish massage are most common.
|Swedish Massage||What is Swedish Massage? The most popular type of massage, Swedish massage involves the therapist using a medium amount of pressure to reach the muscles (superficially) through vibration, tapping, kneading, stroking and friction to relax muscles and enhance oxygen flow throughout the blood.|
||What is Thai Massage? Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Also called Thai yoga massage, the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.
The treatment Is done on the floor on a thick padded mat.
||What is Watsu? A combination of “water” and “shiatsu,” watsu is a treatment that blends techniques of deep tissue massage, acupressure, shiatsu and yoga. Taking place in warm, waist-deep water, the therapist cradles and gently rocks your body, opening joints and stretching limbs. It should feel formless, free-flowing and womblike. The buoyancy and support of the water allow the spinal column to be moved in ways that aren’t possible on land.|