SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.  Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.

A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.

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DEEP TISSUE

Deep tissue massage involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues.  Utilizing similar strokes as Swedish, Deep Tissue techniques also use forearms and elbows.  It is a type of bodywork that’s used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It can help to break up scar tissue, which can form following an injury and reduce muscle tension.  It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Deep tissue massage is best suited for people who engage in highly physical activities, such as running, or those who have an injury or chronic pain. If you have a low pain threshold or are looking for relief of muscle tension, Swedish massage is gentler and may be a better option.  If you have an underlying medical condition, speak to your doctor before trying deep tissue massage.

THAI YOGA THERAPY

Thai Yoga Therapy is an interactive form of spiritual and energy-based body therapy that combines assisted yoga stretching, acupressure points, rythmic muscle compression, Sen energy line tracing, synchronized breathing, joint mobilization and meditation.  Other names are Thai Massage, Thai Stretching, Thai Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Thai Yoga Therapy and Assisted Yoga.

The Practioner uses their thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to work a network of lines vs each Sen line individually.  Pressing and stretching muscles to release energy blockages and stagnation.  Benefits of working the Sen lines are that it brings awareness to the body, brings Qi and blood to the area, moves stagnant energy and lymph, breaks up myo-fascial adhesions.

The purpose of Thai Yoga is to balance the elements and maintain good health.  Benefits include balanced energy, reduced energetic stagnation, greater interaction and involvement during a session by breathing and moving, increased body awareness, mindfulness, energy, alertness, flexibility, range of motion in joints, blood and lymph circulation, reduced muscular tension, joint pain, improved posture through spinal decompression and stretching.  Thai Yoga is beneficial for overall health, relaxation, relief of aches and pains, therapy for relief of specific musculoskeletal symptoms/disorders and prevention of joint stiffness.

Thai Yoga demonstrates the Four Divine States of the mind:

Metta ~ Loving Kindness: The ability to show loving kindness and benevolence toward all beings without discrimination.

Karuna ~ Compassion: Compassion for all sentient beings who suffer and a desire to ease their suffering without taking it on ourselves.

Mudita ~ Sympathetic Joy/Empathy: Rejoicing with those who have good fortune and never feeling envy.

Upekkha ~Equanimity/Mental Calmness: Mindfulness in which one regards others without prejudice or preference.

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REIKI

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.  Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing.  It is not a system of religious beliefs.  Using palm or hands-on healing, through which a universal energy is channeled through the palms of the practitioner to the recipient to encourage emotional or physical healing.  Natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner to the body of the recipient.  Reiki works holistically on the whole body, mind and spirit.  Reiki aids in relaxation, assists the body’s natural healing processes, can help relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation,  release emotional blockages, balances subtle bodies energies and develop emotional/mental/spiritual wellbeing.  It can help you cope with emotional stress, treat pain, clear chakras, release trauma and more.  Reiki supports (does not replace) traditional medical therapies.  Balance your Mind and Body with Reiki.

“Reiki is love, Love is wholeness, Wholeness is balance, Balance is well being, Well being is freedom from disease” ~ Dr Mikao Usui