Attribution: "Sports Massage" by Nick Webb.
Attribution: "Classical Thai Massage" by Tara Angkor Hotel.
Attribution: "Hot Stone Massage at Witches Falls Cottages" by Daniela.
In Japanese, shiatsu means "finger pressure." For shiatsu massage, the therapist uses varied, rhythmic pressure on certain precise points of the body. These points are called acupressure points, and they are believed to be important for the flow of the body's vital energy, called chi.
During a shiatsu massage, you lie on a floor mat or table while the therapist gently rocks and stretches your body and applies finger and thumb pressure to points. The purpose can be to stimulate or to subdue energy, making shiatsu invigorating as well as relaxing.
Deep-Tissue Massage targets your body’s deepest layers of muscle and releases tension in over stressed areas. When your muscles are severely knotted, this therapeutic treatment is designed to break it up. The therapist employs her thumbs, forearms, and even elbows to work muscle tissue and relieve tension using a mix of slow, short, deep strokes focused on tight, contracted areas.
Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure. Guided by the body’s energy lines, the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. Thai massage includes compression of muscles , joint mobilization, and acupressure to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balances the body’s energy systems. The massage takes place on a mat on the floor and loose fitting clothes is recommended.
Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. In the absence of any particular malady or abnormality, reflexology may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.
Tui Na incorporates techniques that are similar to Western and Asian massage, chiropractic, osteopathic, and western physical therapy. Tui Na uses a variety of hand techniques and passive and active stretching to restore correct anatomical musculo-skeletal relationships, neuromuscular patterns, and to increase the circulation of in order to facilitate healing and prevent further injury.
After the thorough health evaluation, patients are treated on massage chairs or massage tables in a private room. Unless a specific preference of massage is requested, the massage provided is a Therapeutic massage that involves a fusion of a variety of massages.
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The most popular massage in the west (and in our center); traditional Swedish massage, also known as the "classical massage," consists mainly of long strokes over oiled skin and kneading of the outer layers of muscle tissue to reduce stress and soothe sore joints and muscles. Swedish massage relaxes the nervous system, aids circulation, and helps with detoxification.
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With Hot Stone massage, warmed stones are placed by the therapist on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points, or may be used as massage tools along with other massage techniques throughout the session. They can also be temporarily left in place while the therapist works on other areas of the body. Hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.