What Massage is right for you?

All throughout the nation, people indulge in massages to relax, unwind and ease muscle tension, soreness and stress. Massages offer many health benefits, including improved circulation and joint mobilization, relief from sore or tense muscles, and an overall sense of well-being. Varying massage techniques have a unique style that focuses on different areas of muscles and tissues. Such techniques include: rubbing, kneading, gliding, rocking and stretching, while laying on a massage table or a sitting in a massage chair. Although a certain type of massage may be beneficial for one person, it may not be right for you. Here is some helpful information on each type of massage.

• Acupressure: An ancient healing art of traditional Chinese medicine that focuses on finger point massages that apply direct pressure to acupuncture points, or energy channels, near the hands, neck and feet to release muscle tension.
• Acupuncture: A powerful healing technique that has been practiced in China for thousands of years. Very fine needles are inserted into the skin along the energy channels to correct imbalances within the body, relieve pain and release energy.
• Aromatherapy: An ancient treatment developed by the Egyptians around 5000 years ago. Essential plant and vegetable oils are blended together during a massage to aid in therapeutic wellness.
• Ayurvedic: Originated from India and practiced as a holistic medicine to unite the mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic massages enable the body to heal itself by allowing invisible points of energy to be released. Scalp massages and body kneading allow points of energy to become unblocked.
• Hot Stone Therapy: Hot basalt (river rock) stones are placed on the skin to warm and loosen tight muscles and provide immediate relaxation. Swedish massage strokes are used with the heated basalt stones.
• Reflexology: An ancient Chinese technique that massages, or squeezes different parts of the foot, hands and ears to unblock energy fields within the body. Practitioners believe that different parts of the feet and hands correspond to other parts of the body, and by manipulating these parts, overall health will ensue.
• Reiki: A Japanese art of energy healing that promotes healing and stress reduction. A Reiki practitioner places their hands upon a person to channel energy from the universe to your body for healing purposes.
• Shiatsu Massage: A Japanese technique where a therapist applies finger pressure to unblock energy and introduce chi back into the body.
• Sports Massage: A sports massage involves deep tissue massage and stretches to help loosen and relax stiff muscles. A sports massage improves an athlete’s flexibility and enhances their performance ability.
• Swedish Massage: A Swedish massage is one of the most popular choices in the Western United States. It involves deep muscle tissue massage with oil.
• Thai Massage: Ancient Thai massage has been handed down for over 2,500 years. Typically, the person receiving the massage is fully clothed and no oils are used. Stretching techniques are used to open energy channels and invigorate the body. Hands, thumbs, elbows, feet and knees are used to position the body in therapeutic positions.
• Trigger Point: Concentrated finger pressure is used to soften muscles and release pain.
• Tui Na: Tui Na treatment is a soft-tissue technique given through the clothes, using squeezing, pulling, shaking, kneading and stroking methods to relax the muscles. Restores a more balanced flow of energy throughout the body.