Therapies

This section provides information about various massage therapies, their history, their benefits and you will be able to make a more informed choice as to which therapy would be best for you. Styles used in massage therapy range from long, smooth strokes to short, percussive strokes. Some massage therapists use oils and lotions; others do not. Most massage therapists have clients unclothe for a massage, but some do not. A massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours. There is a lot of territory to cover so lets get started!

Aromatherapy Massage

What is Aromatherapy Massage? Aromatherapy massage is the use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots) for massaging certain areas of the body to the person’s specific needs. Aromatherapy massage has been around for over 6000 years. The Greeks, Romans and ancient Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils. The Egyptian physician, Imhotep …

Back Massage

What is Back Massage? Back massage means only the back is worked on. This technique appeals to people who just do not have the time for a full body massage. The treatment is designed to relax and ease tension in the back where muscle problems most often occur. Massage therapy history dates back thousands of …

Chair Massage

What is Chair Massage? Chair massage means using a specifically designed chair that has you sitting face forward in the chair so the therapist can massage mostly your neck, shoulders, and back. Sessions can last anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes. Chair massage was originally developed by David Palmer, who in 1986 was the first …

Deep Tissue Massage

What is Deep Tissue Massage? People in the Far East, as well as ancient Greeks and Egyptians, were the first to discover the deep tissue massage benefits. Today’s Swedish deep tissue massage is closest in technique to that used by these ancient civilizations. Physicians in the mid-1900’s used deep tissue massage therapy for different medical …

Hot Stone Massage

What is Hot Stone Massage? The use of hot stones has been around for centuries and has become one of the fastest growing healing therapies in the United States, Europe and around the world. For approximately 4,000 years, the Chinese have been using heated stones to relieve muscular tension and improve the function of the …

Myofascial Release Massage

What is Myofascial Release Massage? Myofascial Release Massage is a safe, gentle, hands-on technique of stretching that treats the myofascial tissue system (tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles) which can become restricted because of overuse, inactivity, trauma, or infection, often resulting in pain and muscle tension. The myofascial generally acts as a …

Pregnancy Massage

What is Pregnancy Massage? Pregnancy massage also known as prenatal massage, is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Pregnancy massage techniques can include anything from a full body Swedish massage to light massage work that might include other modalities such as circulatory work, reflexology or cranial sacral therapy. Massage therapists must be certified in pregnancy …

Reflexology

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly by the application of pressure can help many health problems in a natural way as …

Reiki

What is Reiki ? Reiki  is a form of energy medicine.  The word Reiki comes from the Japanese words “Rei” (spiritual) and “ki” (energy). Literal translation of “Reiki” means “spiritual life force.” While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. The Usui system of healing includes Reiki energy healing. The Usui system …

Shiatsu

What is Shiatsu? Shiatsu massage technique refers to the use of fingers and palm of one’s hand to apply pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of …

Sports Massage

What is Sports Massage? Sports massage is a form of bodywork that uses deep tissue massage and Swedish massage specifically adapted to deal with the effects of intense physical exertion of the body. Its primary purpose is to ease stiffness and pain in muscles and joints, increase mobility in muscles and joints, and warm muscle …

Swedish Massage

What is Swedish Massage? This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States and is also simply known as massage therapy. It was introduced to the United States in the 1850’s. The term “Swedish” massage is actually only recognized in English and Dutch speaking countries, and in Hungary. Elsewhere (including Sweden) …

Thai Massage

What is Thai Massage? Thai yoga massage, also simply called Thai massage, is a 2,500-year-old Ayurvedic-based body science developed and popularized by Buddha’s doctor, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha. A trained Thai Yoga massage therapist stretches a person with specific, assisted yoga poses. The philosophy behind Thai yoga massage techniques focuses on energy points called “sen.” As …

Therapeutic Massage

What is Therapeutic Massage? Therapeutic massage incorporates a variety of massage techniques that enhance the body’s natural restorative functioning. Light to firm touch is used to release tension, relax muscles, increase blood and lymph circulation, and impart a sense of calm. Therapeutic massage therapy can be used as a collaborative, supportive addition to conventional medical …

Trigger Point Massage Therapy

What is Trigger Point Massage Therapy? Trigger point massage therapy, is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger point massage therapy was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the United States in the 1940’s. Through …

Watsu Massage

What is Watsu Massage? Watsu massage is a gentle form of body therapy characterized by one-on-one sessions in which a therapist gently cradles, moves, stretches, and massages a receiver in chest-deep warm water creating a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing.  It combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. Harold …