NEW!!! Ashiastu Massage
Using overhead bars for safety and support, the therapist delivers the pressure through the soft, cushy, broad surface of the soles of her feet in a very precise and therapeutic manner The technique creates a push – pull – pumping affect on the supporting muscle flushing the muscles of waste and drawing fresh, oxygenated blood into the muscles.
In this way, the treatment is effective in releasing lactic acid and toxins from the muscle, breaking down scar tissue and promoting the healing process. Ashiatsu is well documented as an effective technique especially for the treatment of shoulder, chronic lower back and neck pain - recognized by the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA).
Prenatal massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression. I do not recommend massage in the first trimester.
This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (light touch), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (compression), and vibration. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes.
Becoming increasingly popular, infant massage is usually taught to new mothers as a way of bonding with their newborn and of encouraging infant health. Promoted by Vimala McClure, it incorporates nurturing touch, massage, and reflexology in a loving, fun, one-on-one interaction. A study at the University of Miami showed that infants who received 15 minutes of massage a day gained weight 47% faster and demonstrated other physical and neurological benefits.
Certified Pediatric Massage
To a child who has been hospitalized, or diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, their symptoms are often accompanied by pain, anxiety, loneliness and fear. So it only makes sense that healthcare staff and medical facilities are looking to pediatric massage as treatment for some of these symptoms.
Research has shown that massage therapy can ease both physical symptoms as well as, emotional discomforts associated with pediatric medical conditions. Studies conducted by the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine show that massage can alleviate pain, anxiety and depression in pediatric clients. This healing touch therapy also provides comfort, relaxation, reduction of stress hormones and relief from chronic conditions such as asthma, nausea, constipation and muscle aches.
Within the craniosacral system is the cerebrospinal fluid that moves in a slight but perceptible tide-like manner. Craniosacral therapists assist in facilitating change in areas of restriction where this tide-like motion is limited, confined, and immobilized. By using a gentle light touch, this fluid becomes more rhythmic and balanced, and the central nervous system is restored. Craniosacral therapy is helpful to those with nervous disorders, motor-coordination impairments, attention deficit disorders, insomnia, and other problems. Craniosacral therapy was originally developed in the early 1900's by an osteopath named William G. Sutherland and later refined and promoted by Dr. John Upledger.
Lymph System Massage
In the 1930s, a Danish doctor, Hans Vodder, noticed the connection between swollen and blocked lymph glands and colds, infections and other ailments. Since the lymph system is designed to remove bacteria and toxins from the body, he reasoned that massaging the lymph system would improve the flow of lymph and benefit the patient. Together with his wife, a massage practitioner, they developed a specific technique that massages the lymph nodes and lymph system using light rhythmic strokes. A characteristic of lymph system massage is that the strokes are always with the muscle fiber, rather than cross-fiber, because the lymph system runs in the direction of the muscle fiber.
Popularized in the United States by physiotherapist Eunice Inghram in the 1930s, this is an acupressure type technique performed on the hands and feet and is based on the ancient Oriental theory that meridian lines or pathways carry energy throughout the body. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ. Crystalline-type deposits and/or tenderness indicate a dysfunction, and pressure is applied to clear out congestion and restore normal functioning and health.
Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) in Japanese means "universal life energy." It is a healing technique of transmitting life energy by placing the hands gently in specific positions either on or above the body. This laying-on of hands is designed to relieve pain, restore vitality, heal illnesses, and aid spiritual growth. It was developed by Dr. Mikao Usua, a Christian monk in Japan, who came upon ancient manuscripts revealing the healing system in the 19th century. It was introduced to the United States in the 1930's by Hawayo Takata.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for curative and rejuvenating effects. Dating back to ancient Egypt, India, and the Far East, this simple therapy has been used for centuries to reduce stress and tension, refresh and invigorate the body, soothe emotions, and clear the mind. After an initial discussion with the client, specific essential oils are used in conjunction with other appropriate techniques, such as massage, acupressure, or reflexology. Used in oils, the essential oil is absorbed through the skin and into the body to affect physiological change. When inhaled the aroma directly affects the limbic area of the brain that is related to emotions and memories.
Mobile massage takes the traditional massage to the next level by utilizing portable equipment that brings the luxury of a massage directly to you. Also referred to as outcall or traveling massage therapy, it can be separated into two different categories: corporate or residential. This enables clients to fit "me time" back into their busy lives and incoporate well-being and health easily and efficiently.
(A Hot Rock, American Indian, Ceremonial Experience)
A traditional American Indian ritual, LaStone includes and goes beyond the physical experience of a typical massage. Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat lava stones from Mother Earth are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body. The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times, but it wasn't until Arizona massage therapist Mary Nelson introduced her hot stone massage technique, called LaStone Therapy, that the use of hot stones for massage caught on. It is well suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage.
The ritual of American Indian smudging begins the treatment, clearing the space, filling the air with the ancient healing fragrance of sage. LaStone begins its magic immediately your back contacts the soft massage table and senses the warmth of heated rocks lying quietly beneath you. The deeply rhythmic beating of the American Indian drums and the gentle sounds of mother nature – flowing streams and bird song, Indian chanting and prayer fills the room … tension melts beneath the smooth, heated, lava rocks gliding over your body.
Hawaiian, Temple Style, Lomi Lomi
Hawaiian for "rub rub," Lomi Lomi is a massage technique that's been handed down from ancient Hawaiian healers. Spiritual in nature, LomLomi Lomi massage is a deep and luxurious full body massage that weaves the blessing of deep peace and aloha – unconditional love, into the body. The early Hawaiians were a peaceful people who had a deep reverence for Nature, knew compassion, forgiveness and joy, and had the belief that the core of the Universe exists in all beings. This massage feels like being held in a Mothers Love ... it feels like being cradled in the tenderness of an open and loving heart. Lomi Lomi approaches your body as the “temple of the soul” , and is an ancient form of bodywork that was practiced in the temples of Hawaii.
A person receiving lomi lomi would be coming to the Temple with a specific intention. That intention may be for healing such as perhaps grieving the loss of a loved one, or feelings of depression and fatigue, stiffness or anxiety, a divorce or any personal transition that may need to be held gently and to receive special guidance from the ancestors to help ease the person gracefully through these times of change - a ceremony that was to bless and awaken the very essence of Aloha – unconditional love within the recipient.
It would also be received as a ritual of celebration to mark an important milestone, a new phase ... a special birthday, a wedding anniversary, a new career, or some other significant of special accomplishment.
The intention of the bodywork is to awaken your purpose for being. It is a means to receive blessings and release negative energy.
Ayurvedic Massage is based on the ancient East Indian healing tradition of Ayurvedic Medicine. In this treatment, the practitioner works with their knowledge of indian pressure points, called marmas. Work on the marmas helps bring balance to the three humors vata (wind), pitta (fire), and kapha (earth) and their effects on the body. Ayurvedic massage can provide significant relief in cases of arthritis, rheumatism, neurasthenia, high or low blood pressure, sciatica, paralysis, polio and insomnia, along with relief for a wide variety of muscular pain.
When a ten or twenty minute relaxation session is needed, this is the technique for you. You are massaged fully clothed in a special chair designed to relax you. Because the chair is completely portable, you may see chair massage at the airport or health club, or you may want a practitioner to come to your office or business to massage the staff or guests at a party.