There are many types of massage therapy, from classics like Swedish and deep tissue to more exotic styles like Shiatsu and Thai. Whether you'd like to branch out a bit or have a health condition or injury, choosing a style of massage can be confusing if you're not quite sure what it involves. Here is a list of massage services we offer with descriptions the most popular types and some that may be new to you.
Swedish massage is virtually synonymous with massage therapy. Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, compared to the energy-centric style more common in Asian forms of massage. Using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas.
Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and can be especially helpful if you are recovering from an injury.
Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as "adhesions") and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, the therapist addresses chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries.
This type of massage is particularly beneficial for people with chronic pain or lingering injuries that cause limited mobility. It is effective in treating repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome and can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
As the name implies, hot stone massage uses warm stones. The therapist places heated, smooth stones on specific points on the body to warm and relax the muscle. Then holding the warm stones while massaging. The stones are usually basalt (a volcanic rock that retains heat well).
The warmth of the stones is relaxing and loosens tight muscles so that the therapist can reach areas of muscle tension quickly.
A form of Japanese bodywork, shiatsu involves localized pressure using the therapist's fingers (or sometimes hands and elbows), applied in a rhythmic sequence along the body.
With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, the goal of shiatsu is to stimulate acupressure points on the body to improve the flow of energy and help regain balance.
Shiatsu uses no oil or lotion, you wear loose clothing and used to reduce stress and protect against stress-related health issues. Believed to be effective for treating conditions like arthritis, insomnia, back and neck pain, sciatica, and even sinus problems.
Shiatsu may help increase energy, promote recovery from injuries, and stimulate the digestive system.
A unique blend of assisted yoga, passive stretching, and pressing massage movements, Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is a little bit like yoga without doing the work, as the therapist moves and stretches you in a sequence of postures.
Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body. The massage therapist uses rhythmic compression along the body's energy lines to reduce stress and improve flexibility and range of motion. It can be done fully clothed.
This type of massage can reduce muscle spasticity and back pain, and has been shown to be useful in treating balance problems and migraine symptoms.
Do you like having your feet worked on? The therapist uses finger pressure and techniques such as kneading and rubbing to promote relaxation and healing in the body. Reflexology is based on "reflex areas" on the hands and feet, whose energy is believed to be connected to organs and other body parts. By applying pressure to the reflex points, the reflexologist can balance your nervous system and stimulate endorphins, the body's natural pleasure response, which reduces stress and discomfort.
This can be a deeply relaxing therapy, especially if you stand all day or have tired, achy feet. You remove your shoes and socks but otherwise remain clothed.
Also known as prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is customized to an expectant mother's needs but is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and swollen ankles especially in the later months, prenatal massage is a relatively safe, drug-free way to provide relief.
Massage therapists versed in prenatal massage know how to position and support the woman's body during the massage, modify techniques, and avoid certain areas and techniques during pregnancy.
The Art of Massage with Bioelectric Massage Energy Therapy Combine with Therapeutic Massage. Every masseur’s touch is Bio-Energy internal healing. an exciting adaptation of the God of the Hand. Used for centuries to balance your P.H level by detoxing the acid out from your body and leaving more alkaline. No more medicine, shots, pain, and/ or stiffness. Flush toxins, stimulate the nervous system, and as your trigger points and joints are stimulated to release and flushed away acid toxins, leaving you rejuvenated and 10 times better comfortable than regular massage.
Bioelectric massage is based in traditional Chinese medicine, specifically, the practice of stimulating the energy meridians within the body. It is the perfect combination of traditional Chinese medical theory and modern bioelectricity principles.
For people in pain, this is a safe and drug-free option, which prompts the body to produce endorphins to help to relieve pain.
Bioelectric massage incorporates massage therapy rather than acupuncture to enhance your body’s own bioelectricity by generating a bioelectric field to stimulate the meridians. Used with the specially formulated cream, it ultimately aids in regulating your body's acid-base balance (ph.)
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Cupping can serve several purposes such as help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
The masque is based on traditional Chinese medicine topical therapy using volcanic rock energy mud. The plaster matrix configuration is applied warm using the radiant heat effect for deep penetration of Chinese herbal medicine via infrared transdermal absorption. The mud remains flexible as it cools and can be applied to most parts of the body. It serves to the warm the meridian to expel toxins and to promote blood circulation and an analgesic effect enabling healing.
Used for thousands of years in China, acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Acupressure is often thought of as simply acupuncture without the needles.
Acupressure is just one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies (ABT) with roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Examples of other Asian bodywork therapies are medical qigong and Tuina and now bioelectric massage. Shiatsu is also a Japanese form of acupressure.
Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy -- or a life force called qi (ch'i). It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the types of TCM that are thought to help restore balance.
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body's meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other methods.
During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
The goal of acupressure or other types of Asian bodywork is to restore health and balance to the body's channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Some proponents claim acupressure not only treats the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit the vital energy (external qi) to another person.
An aromatherapy massage is a Swedish massage with essential oils added to the massage oil. Extracted from flowers and other plant parts, essential oils offer a pleasing scent and the soothing effects of aromatherapy massage can benefit a variety of conditions, including headaches, insomnia, certain digestive disorders, back pain, and even premenstrual symptoms or give you energy or tranquility. Check out our selection of oils next time you come for a massage.