The most well-known type of massage. If you have never had a massage before, or are looking for something relaxing, this is the perfect place to start. Swedish Massages are full body massages using anywhere from feather-light to extreme deep pressure. This is typically done at a slow, gentle pace, with some variances based on the individual Therapist's style. The skin is lubricated with natural oils while various massage strokes are incorporated that warm up the muscles and release tension.
If you require deeper focused work and don't require a full body massage, you may want to request a Deep Tissue. A variation of Swedish Massage, some clients will comment on momentary discomfort, but then complete relief of their muscle stiffness and pain.
Sports: Although widely popular among athletes, this is not just for the intensively active. Those with injuries, chronic pain, restricted range of motion or who are beginning a new work-out regime, may want to consider this modality. The Therapist generally concentrates on specific problem areas, stimulating circulation of blood and lymph fluids. In some cases trigger point therapy is used to break down the "knots" and stretching is incorporated to help with range of motion.
Shiatsu: is a manipulative therapy developed in Japan and incorporating techniques of anma (Japanese traditional massage), acupressure, stretching, and Western massage. Shiatsu involves applying pressure to special points or a reason the body in order to maintain physical and mental well being, treat disease, or alleviate discomfort. This therapy is considered holistic because it attempts to treat the whole person instead of a specific medical complaint. All types of acupressure generally focus on the same pressure points and so called energy pathways, but may differ in terms of massage technique. Shiatsu, which can be translated as finger pressure, has been described as needle-free acupuncture.
Shiatsu has a strong reputation for reducing stress and relieving nausea and vomiting. Shiatsu is also believed to improve circulation and boost the immune system. Some people use it to treat diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, and other disorders of the gastrointestinal tract; menstrual and menopausal problems; chronic pain; migraine; arthritis;toothache; anxiety; and depression. Shiatsu can be used to relieve muscular pain or tension, especially neck and backpain. It also appears to have sedative effects and may alleviate insomnia. In a broader sense, shiatsu is believed to enhance physical vitality and emotional well being.
Since we all know that each individual has specific needs, a combination or "Therapeutic Treatment" is often times recommended for clients. By combining various techniques we can better ensure that the total body experience felt by the client is not only relaxing, but addresses specific areas of concern. Whether it is a combination of Swedish and Sports or Deep Tissue with Acupressure, be sure to discuss your needs with us prior to your session.