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Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or cream 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
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.
Swedish v. Deep Tissue
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 the 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. Ashiatsu 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.
Lomi Lomi Hawaiian
Lomi Lomi is the Hawaiian word for "massage", and it is part of a larger native Hawaiian tradition of healing and natural body care. According to Hawaiian tradition, all living beings are seeking a state of balance and love in the world. During a Lomi Lomi session, therefore, I focus on not only relaxing your body through gentle touch, but also reviving your spirit and filling your body with the energy of love.
Lomi lomi uses oil with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch. Lomi lomi works from the belief that memories are not just stored in the brain and mind, but also in every cell of the human body. The long, continuous strokes of the massage are designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviors, which can cause as many stresses and strains as muscle tension.
What to expect from a lomi lomi massage
You will find yourself lying directly on the vinyl of a conventional massage table. Instead of being covered with a sheet, you will have a large towel to preserve your modesty. This is done to avoid interrupting the continuous flow of the massage. You may find that the therapist massages two different parts of your body simultaneously - this is to stop your brain from focusing on any one area and therefore helps to aid relaxation.
It's worth remembering that the oils used in massage are not kind to hair or make-up, so you might not want to return to work straight after your treatment. But that's fine - if you clear your schedule for the afternoon, you'll be able to spend longer in post-lomi lomi heaven.
Think of lomi lomi as your own little piece of Hawaii, imagine yourself in a treatment room next to miles of sandy beach and feel its effects work their magic!
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 Massage
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.
Need a quick tuneup?
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair. 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 30 minute sessions.