Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. If it’s your first time at the spa, Swedish massage is the perfect type to start with. During Swedish massage, therapists use massage oils to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Other classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and sometimes tapping; it also uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create other health benefits.
Deep Tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”)
Sports massage was designed for athletes. It is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. Massage therapist generally concentrates on specific problem area(s). Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
Selected massages – Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Relaxation – are offered as a Couples option for partners, friends, parent/child, etc. The benefits of a Couples massage – it is a great way to introduce somebody who has never had a massage before to this unique experience in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate pain. In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil like sweet almond, apricot kernel, or grape seed oil. The massage therapist uses up to five oils in a mixture, and chooses the oils based on what you need. A relaxing aromatherapy massage, for instance, might have lavender or bergamot, while a massage for sore muscles might include peppermint and eucalyptus.
To create the fundamental effect of pressure that is needed for Thai bodywork, force is applied by the therapist. “Soft tissue massage” and “manipulation” describe the two aspects of Thai bodywork. In soft tissue massage, pressure is used directly for the desired effect. For the manipulative techniques, pressure is used to achieve stretching and twisting. Traditional Thai bodywork is remarkable for the number of different positions in which the receiver’s body is presented to the Nuad Thai therapist: who also has to adopt a corresponding variety of body positions.
The Sabai Concept exceeds existing stone massage formats by incorporating the most advanced mineral therapy system to date. Sabai Mineral Therapy provides blissful relaxation and complete face and body rejuvenation with a micronized, chelated blend of Malachite and Zincite in a micro-emulsified massage oil. Every inch of skin rendered gloriously smooth and visibly repaired.
Reflexology is a gentle, noninvasive, totally holistic therapy based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to every organ, gland and part of the body. It is a whole body treatment – not just a foot massage. In a reflexology treatment, pressure is exerted on these reflexes by the thumbs and fingers, combining this with massage, relaxation and joint mobilization techniques. The result is homeostasis (internal balance) in the body.
Tranquil relaxation and reduces stress. It is also called pre-natal massage. Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs, increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling. Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, improves outcome of labor and eases labor pain. Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues. Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.
Shiatsu is a unique, noninvasive therapy designed to stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Literally translated, the Japanese word shiatsu means “finger pressure.” Shiatsu therapy involves the systematic application of manual pressure to the body in order to assess and treat a variety of conditions. Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension.
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