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STYLES

STYLES

 

- Swedish
- Pregnancy Massage
- Couples 
- Russian Sports 
- Rehabilitation
- Elders
- Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu 
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
- Trigger Point Therapy/Release
- Relaxation
- Deep Muscle

- Chair Massage

 


Swedish

Also referred to as Classical or Circulatory Massage, Swedish massage enhances the proper flow of blood through the entire body and providing relaxation to the various muscles. This massage relaxes tensed muscles  and relieves the dis-stress in the body.  This gentle and relaxing massage style involves applying pressure (medium to deep), tension, vibration or motion to the different parts of the body either with hand, arms or electronic massage devices. This massage was developed in Sweden and is a great massage option for those looking for a soft treatment to promote enhanced bloodflow, hydration of hardened soft tissue and reducing muscular tension.

Pregnancy Massage

A massage using a selection of Swedish, deep and remedial massage techniques to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains and reduce anxiety and depression. Pregnancy massage is performed with the mother on her side and/or back, and is customised to a mother's individual needs. 

Couples 

Couples massage is a popular service, any time of year and allows two people to be massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. Each massage is tailored to the particular needs and goals of each individual, for example it can be relaxation, reduction of knots and soft tissue adhesions or the increase of flexibility and range of motion.  

It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, same-sex partners, moms and daughters, or best friends etc.  Many times, a fantastic choice if you are traveling with someone you do not get to see often enough -- a sister, girlfriend, boyfriend, mom or best friend -- and you want to spend as much time together as possible.

Additionally, it is agreat way to introduce a partner who has never gotten a massage before in a way that makes them feel more comfortable the first time.  

Russian Sports

Russian massage is a massage therapy technique developed in the former Soviet Union for its olympic athletes. It is most often classified as a sports massage and sometimes referred to as connective tissue massage, point massage, or reflexology massage, depending on the techniques used during treatment.

Russian massage techniques are similar to most sports massage practices, but they involve slower, softer motions. Russian massages focus on the use of friction to generate heat within the body. This, combined with vibration, is employed to ease muscle pain and stiffness. 

Rehabilitation

Mixed modality type of therapeutic massage used to address injuries and muscular-skeletal disorders. It helps treat strains, sprains, broken bones, bruising and chronic muscular-skeletal imbalances. As well, helps breakdown fascial blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue, adhesions left after injury, speeds up recovery, increases the flow of blood and lymph, and encourages more complete healing. 

Elders

This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being.

Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu 

An innovative approach to acupressure/shiatsu massage created by Seymour Koblin, founder of the International School of Healing Arts.  A light compression technique that uses traditional acupuncture points which help to encourage the healthy flow of life energy as well as restore balance in the body. Zen-Touch Shiatsu uses traditional five-element Chinese medicine, which shows a relationship between the earth’s natural rhythms and the human body. Practical techniques combined with intuition evokes deep health regeneration effects by balancing the body’s life force energy. This form of bodywork allows the client to remain comfortably clothed during sessions, and can be done on a massage table or futon mat. Applying pressure while stretching limbs in a gradual, nurturing fashion enhances energy flow and stimulates vitality. Every touch combines body assessment with therapy as the practitioner sensitively responds to the unique condition of each client. Benefits of Zen-Touch™ include: relief from neck, shoulders and back pain, increased flexibility, stress alleviation, improved digestion, posture, and concentration and heightened efficiency of all body systems.

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Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or PNF stretching involves a component of stretch - muscle contraction - and further stretch. This process is usually repeated several times and uses a trick on the muscle spindle reflex to help elongate your muscles

The technique of PNF stretching was first developed as a muscle therapy but is now used by athletes as a means of enhancing flexibility. PNF stretching is often used by massage therapists, physiotherapists, physical therapists, chiropractors and physiatrists (rehabilitation medical doctors). More information can be sought by seeking their advice in your situation.

Trigger Point Therapy/Release

A form of Remedial Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to bring about reduction in muscle tension and pain relief

Relaxation

Relaxation massage is a light pressure, smooth and flowing swedish style that promotes general relaxation, relieves some muscular tension and moderately helps circulation and range of movement. This style of massage is commonly given at day spas. Your therapist will aim to relax, calm and uplift you at a massage depth that does not cause discomfort. 

While relaxation massage is wonderful, it is not as effective as other remedial and rehabilitation  massage styles that aim to change soft tissue tension, significantly increase range of motion and improve athletic performance. 

Deep Muscle

Designed to affect deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This massage style incorporates slow, deep strokes to break up knots and tight tissues and habituated patterns of holding in fascial tissue. Deep tissue massage is great for those who suffer from chronic tightness, scar tissue formation, repetitive strain or engage in regular physical activity.

Chair

Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short -- 10 or 15 minutes -- and focuses on your back, shoulders and neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothes and doesn't require any massage oil.

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