This smooth, flowing style is the most commonly associated with massage. It is designed to promote relaxation, and increase circulation, blood flow and range of motion. There are six basic strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, compression and vibration. Oil or lotion is applied to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes. It utilizes mild, medium or deep pressure depending on the needs of the client.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone involves the application of heat to the body through the use of basalt lava rocks. The stones provide a heat up and down the back, legs, arms, feet, hands and neck. The back and front stone lay feels like a decadent luxury while providing a heated, grounding impact. The heat warms up the muscle tissue and allows for deep, effective massage with limited soreness. In the massage, stones are heated in hot water and are placed on the back and other core areas. The heat from the stones helps relax the muscles and is incorporated with hands-on massage, allowing tight and cramping muscles to let go. This grounding modality feels like a special treat, particularly during our colder months.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue techniques are incorporated in more focused massage work. Working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, deep tissue massage allows access to deeper layers of soft tissue. The most commonly used 'tools' during deep tissue massage include reinforced fingers, a flat elbow, thumbs, the heel of the hand and the forearm.
AromaTouch® Massage Technique
dōTERRA’s AromaTouch® Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. The AromaTouch® Technique improves well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The AromaTouch® Technique includes four primary steps designed to minimize systemic stressors to autonomic balance. This technique is designed to assist with inflammatory response, stress management, balance, calm, support immunity.
Pregnancy and Prenatal Massage
The benefits of Pregnancy Massage include relaxation, stress reduction, relief from muscle cramps, spasms and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips and legs, as well as reduced swelling and stress on joints.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy intended for use along with conventional medical care. This practice stimulates nerves on the feet, hands and ears in order to encourage general health and benefit specific parts of the body. Reflexology is most commonly performed on the feet.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that uses thumb and palm pressure and works along the energy meridians in the body with a lot of stretches along the same meridians as acupressure. The receiver wears loose comfortable, clothing, and lies on a mat on the floor. Oil is not used in Shiatsu.
Sports therapy helps prevent injuries, enhance performance and encourage rehabilitation. Sports massage includes applying therapeutic soft tissue massage, gentle mobilization, and stretching techniques to restore muscle and joint function before, during and after sport participation.
Emphasizing stretching and loosening the body, the massage practitioner leans on the recipient's body using hands, feet, legs and forearms to apply firm rhythmic pressure to the recipient's body. The receiver wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat on the floor and is put into yoga like positions. Oil is not used in traditional Thai Massage.
A trigger point is an area of a muscle that may refer pain to other parts of the body. Trigger Point includes manual pressure to these points. With pressure, release of tension and improved muscular functioning takes place.
Designed to provide beneficial touch to cancer patients with a focus on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for the patient, allowing the patient to relax and ease stress. Reductions in stress levels have been shown to be beneficial to the immune system. Gentle, smooth, flowing strokes and circular motions are used.
Known as seated massage, chair massage, or on-site massage, this technique involves the use of a specially designed massage chair in which the client sits comfortably. Seated massage includes bodywork and somatic techniques, such as shiatsu, amma, and Swedish massage, provided to the fully clothed client in a variety of settings, including businesses, airports, and street fairs.
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