Massage/Bodywork is an ancient, medically-proven way to help the body heal itself. Different techniques help the body to improve circulation, loosen tight tissue and improve mobility and range of motion as well as reduce stress. The term bodywork is often used to refer to those techniques which concentrate on dealing with, and correcting, the energy (chi or qi or ki) or life force of an individual while massage refers to those techniques in which the tissue is manually manipulated.
Different types of massage and bodywork can be selected to address the condition and needs of your body.
Various Types of Massage and Bodywork:
Deep Tissue massage involves the assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissue to reduce pain and dysfunction to restoring structural balance. Pressure may be applied across deep layers of tissue. Manual Compression, Active Range of Motion, and postural reintegration are techniques used. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. Target areas may be sore after the work and bruising may occur. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
Swedish massage is considered the most common form of massage and uses firm pressure to promote relaxation, relieve muscle aches, and improve circulation. Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Therapists use a combination of gliding strokes, kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, tapping movements and friction to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Massage oil is often used to reduce friction on the skin.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 injury. Also commonly referred to as Relaxation or Circulatory or Wellness massage.
Hot Stone massage features warmed basalt or river rocks used for any type of massage to aid in relaxation, reducing stress, anxiety, aching muscles, and depression by releasing a specific muscle or warming a meridian point. The heated stones can be placed on the spine and/or between the toes expanding blood vessels and allowing blood to flow, or held in the therapists hands as they rub and manipulate your tissue warming muscles and releasing toxins. In some versions of stone massage, cooled stones are also used to enhance the effect.
Reiki is a hands-on energy healing art that originated in Japan in the early 20th century. In a reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (ki or chi), places her hands on or just above the client’s body in order to activate healing energy within receptive points on the body. Traditionally the practitioner’s hands move progressively with a passive touch through twelve positions on the body, remaining in each position for three to five minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, within the client and practitioner, healing occurs through the return of physical, mental, and spiritual balance.
Warm Bamboo massage uses heated bamboo to warm the tissue which increases relaxation and stress reduction, eases sore and aching muscles, and increases circulation.
Chair massage is a fully clothed, seated, upper body massage generally done for quick revitalization and stress relief. Seated massage includes bodywork and somatic techniques, such as shiatsu, amma, and Swedish massage. This service can be provided on site in offices or social gatherings.
Dual massage in which an individual receives a standard full body Swedish massage by one therapist while another therapist performs subtle energy techniques to balance and rejuvenate the client.
Tandem/Couples massage is a massage session in which two individuals simultaneously receive treatment in the same room. Each client will have a therapist working on them. While commonly performed upon couples this treatment is also enjoyed by pairs such as mother and daughter or close friends.