It is a misconception that relaxation massage is simply for enjoyment, while deep-tissue work is for specific problems. The goal of relaxation massage may be to induce complete mental and physical relaxation, but it has great therapeutic value, including specific benefits to the muscles through increased circulation and health benefits that result from releasing general tension levels in the body that accumulate due to the stresses of life, physical and emotional. Swedish massage movements and passive stretches are primarily used toward this end.
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Deep-Tissue Massage is directed toward the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, sinking to deeper levels of stress in the layers of the body with more emphasis on therapeutic results than with general massage, but maintaining relaxation and pleasure as a major goal.
There are many variations in how deep-tissue massage is performed, in terms of both therapeutic goals for the work and how it is practiced. Both for treatment and prevention of a multitude of soft-tissue problems related to acute or chronic conditions, this approach includes the use of several therapy systems directed toward neurophysiological processes that affect the musculo-skeletal system. Alterations or disturbances in the neuromuscular relationship often result in dysfunction and pain. These therapies include, among others, myofascial release/trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy (including passive and assisted stretching), and passive positioning therapies.
With the client’s agreement, a session may not cover the entire body. Doing spot work allows for careful attention to problem areas rather than spreading the work too thin. For the most part, minimal lubrication is used.
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Hot stones have been used in healing for eons, and their incorporation into massage serves to amplify the benefits of this bodywork. The circulation of blood, lymph and vital energy is increased, improving the delivery of nutrients to the cells and the removal of waste products. The tone of hollow visceral organs is strengthened and the heat produced by the stones reduces excess tension in soft tissue, increases joint mobility and acts as a sedative to the nervous system. The use of hot stones can be integrated into relaxation massage and therapeutic deep tissue massage.
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Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Force Energy. This ancient form of natural holistic healing helps to balance and restore all aspects of an individual: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The Reiki practitioner brings intention and commitment to the process, acting as a compassionate conduit for the universal life force while, by its very nature, Reiki gives the power and control for healing to the receiver, where it rightly belongs. This happens independently of belief system, emotional state or religious preference. Receiving Reiki is deeply relaxing and leaves one with a sense of integration, lightness and inner peace.
Raindrop therapy is an essential oil massage technique based on Lakota Native healing that combines the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of reflexology and massage. The application of nine different essential oils to various areas of the body brings balance to the body and helps to align and clear energy centers without using force or excessive pressure. Several of the oils used are antimicrobial in nature and help to reduce the body’s inflammation and destroy any viral presence. Raindrop technique creates a profound sense of relaxation, balance and harmony throughout the mental, physical and emotional aspects of the body. (Choice of oils can be customized to target the specific needs or preferences of each individual client.)