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Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body and mind, and greater flexibility. The pressure can be customized to your individual needs, from light to medium to firm.
Deep Tissue Massage is a therapeutic form of bodywork that works to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body and is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motion, and past, lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common the next day after the treatment; however, the payoff is worth it Plenty of water should be ingested after your session to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released.
What's the difference between Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage? Which is right for you?
In general, while the pressure used in Swedish Massage can range from very light to very firm, it works with the superficial tissue layers and is primarily for relaxation and increased circulation, though it may include some Trigger Point Therapy and can relieve tension and stress.
Deep Tissue, on the other hand, works with the deeper layers of tissue and is therapeutic in nature, helping to relieve pain, restore flexibility and change the quality of the muscle tissue. If you want to focus on a specific area (stiff neck, sore shoulders, etc.), you may want a deep tissue massage. The time is yours and the therapist will focus on the areas which you need worked. This massage can include some relaxation techniques, depending on your needs and the time available.
This is massage using bare feet instead of hands. With this type of massage, you can achieve a deeper pressure without the pain. It combines elements of Swedish, Myofascial and compression techniques that are applied to the body with the therapist's feet, gliding effortlessly over the contours of the client's body. Barefoot Massage pressure can be adjusted to your specific level of comfort. The pressure can be as light as a Swedish massage or the deepest massage a therapist can give; however, clients are able to tolerate deeper pressure because the feet provide pressure over a broader surface.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than most other forms of massage therapy. I use my hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like postures and stretches - like doing yoga without doing any of the work. No oil is applied and you are fully dressed during the entire session. A single Thai massage session can help release stress and relieve pain, and help you function more effectively at work and home.
For Thai Massage, the client should wear comfortable, loose or stretchy clothing - cotton is highly recommended as it lets the body breathe while receiving massage. Also, each body is unique, so open communication between the therapist and the client is essential to ensure that the client is taken to, but not beyond, the limits of their flexibility.
Hot Stone Therapy is a style of massage where heated stones are used on your body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.
Also known as "Loving Hands" massage, this style of massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands. Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body.
An important feature of this type of massage is that different parts of the body are massaged at the same time. This assists the recipient in totally relaxing as it is impossible, or at least extremely difficult, for the brain to focus on two different areas at once. By not working on areas in isolation, a deep sense of balance and harmony is achieved, leaving the client feeling totally nurtured and able to give in and simply "be." If you like, this massage can include "Temple" style, which incorporates the Hawaiian belief of calling to the ancestors for guidance or "flying." This would include a short, silent prayer prior to beginning your session, and ending your session with "casting the net" which signifies an end to your old self and a beginning to your new self, unencumbered with that which no longer serves you.
To see an example of Temple Style Lomi massage, please see the video below.
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, 10 - 20 minutes, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.
Chair Massage is available for your special events such as a bridesmaids party, baby shower, corporate event, etc. This is also a great way for a company to reward its employees as a regular, monthly benefit. Contact me with your details and I will send you information on rate options for this service.