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Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on "meridians" in Asian massage theory. Most people get a 60 or 90-minute Swedish or deep tissue massage, but 120 minutes gives the therapist more time to work the muscle tissue, incorporate stretches, and achieve deeper results.
The therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
I work to combine Eastern and Western methods to provide not only a relaxing therapeutic session, but also one that cleanses the body and helps to detoxify the systems.
Because the oils and lotions used in Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage would stain your clothing, during a session you are generally nude underneath sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on, a technique called draping. If the nudity gets you out of your comfort zone, you can keep your underwear on, and many newcomers do.
Clinical Neuromuscular Therapy Massage
Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue massage in which digital pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in the muscle. These areas of strain are called tender or trigger points and are the cause of muscular pain symptoms.
Massage Cupping (Active Cupping)
Massage Cupping is a modern adaptation of the ancient art of cupping therapy. While massage performed by applying pressure, cupping instead uses negative pressure to pull, lift, open and expand the body’s soft tissues. Dry cupping is the most common modality in the US and incorporates Static and Active Cupping.
Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points and is one of the oldest and most effective forms of oriental therapy. It is a technique that originated in China and was introduced to Japan more than a thousand years ago. There are two different types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Japanese Acupuncturists adopted both methods but prefer to use direct moxibustion because of its effectiveness.