Swedish, Thai and Relaxation Massage

Massage is known to be among the oldest healing arts used by man. Today massage is an accepted part of many rehabilitation programs for injury and chronic conditions. It has physical, mental and emotional benefits. 

Swedish and Relaxation massage are geared to soothing not only tired and achy muscles but the whole person. Massage has been shown to reduce stress levels and calm the nervous system. It can reduce tension, improve muscle and skin tone and promotes better sleep. Taking care of yourself with massage increases your ability to deal with day to day stress, keep up with your busy lifestyle and it will benefit your overall health.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a combination of massage with gentle yoga stretches. Often referred to as Thai Yoga massage, this style of bodywork is different from what most western people think of as massage. It is practiced with the client fully clothed on a floor mat without oils or lotions. Thai massage techniques, using the thumbs, elbows, palms, forearms, feet, and knees include: rocking, rhythmic muscle compression, assisted yoga positions and stretching. In Thailand, this technique is called NuadBoran. The word "Nuad" means "to touch with purpose of healing" and the "Bo'Rarn" is Sanskrit for something that is ancient and revered. 
Traditional Thai Massage evolves from the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda, yoga and Thai Buddhism, and employs techniques to guide the recipient through a series of yoga postures with fluid movement, gentle pressure and stretching. Thai massage grew out of the values and principles of yoga and Thai Buddhism.  Thai yoga therapy approaches the recipient as a physical, spiritual, mental and emotional being.

 I am pleased to include this skill in my “tool kit” of massage techniques for my clients.

 

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage is a deeply penetrating treatment that can release chronically tight muscles. Using smooth basalt stones, which are sanitized and warmed in water, in combination with special massage techniques this method promotes deeper muscle relaxation and can help relieve chronic pain. 

Hot Stone Massage helps eliminate stress and tension, especially when combined with essential oils. This is a deeply relaxing and luxurious massage.

General Benefits of Massage:

  • Calms the sympathetic nervous system
  • Increases blood and lymph circulation
  • Improves muscle and skin tone
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Loosens tight muscles
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Reduces tension headaches
  • Increases flexibility
  • Strengthens the immune system

And of course, it feels great!


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