Techniques are combined based on the condition of each individual.
Deep Tissue Massage improves the function of muscles and connective tissue. In general, the techniques involve slowly applying friction and pressure to specific muscles. This releases “knots” (muscle tension and adhesions), relieving acute and chronic patterns of tension and pain. Tense muscles are prone to reduced oxygen and nutrient flow, which can lead to restricted movement, pain, and tissue damage. Massage stimulates circulation and improves the range of motion in the spine and extremities, reducing injuries and promoting healing.
Tui Na, translated as “push” and “grasp,” is a Chinese therapy using various techniques such as pressing, squeezing, and kneading in conjunction with the stimulation of the acupressure points. The treatments benefit the muscles and tendons while balancing the flow of energy. In China, Tui Na, being an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is taught in martial arts schools (for the treatment of training injuries) and practiced in hospitals. The techniques are invigorating and energizing.
Thai massage, also known as Thai Yoga Massage, originated in Thailand. Traditionally, the client is fully clothed and receives treatment on a futon mat. This technique uses thumbs, fingers, palms, forearms, elbows, and feet and incorporates gentle stretching, acupressure, and compression along the energy channels. Slow rhythmic compressions and stretches promote myofacial (the muscle’s connective tissue) relaxation. This improves circulation and energy flow, restoring mobility. Thai massage reduces stress while freeing the body from tension.
Shiatsu, translated as “finger pressure,” is a Japanese therapy incorporating acupressure, massage, and stretching. Traditionally, the client is fully clothed and receives treatment on a futon mat. Various techniques, such as pressing, squeezing, and rolling are applied with thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, forearms, and feet. These techniques relieve pain, tension, and fatigue, enhancing health and vitality. When the body’s energy flow is “blocked,” areas may become painful or uncomfortable. Acupressure and massage restore the natural energy flow through these areas, reducing pain and promoting healing. Shiatsu techniques are generally slow and sustained, offering deep relaxation.
Swedish Massage promotes relaxation, increased circulation, pain reduction, and a shortened recovery time from muscular strain. The techniques include: pettrisage (kneading), effleurage (stroking), friction, tapotement (tapping), and vibration. Swedish Massage is often recommended as a regular part of stress management programs.