- Deep Tissue/Deep Tissue Sculpting
- Hot Stone
- Bamboo Fusion
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Seated Chair
Often referred to as “Swedish” or “Esalen” style massage,” this modality is what is often thought of when referring to a typical massage. Your customized Circulatory massage may consist of a variety strokes ranging from soft/relaxing to enlivening/playful, depending on your current state of being. Using oil or lotion, various techniques (effleurage, petrissage, kneading, wringing, percussion, to name a few) are used at an appropriate pressure to you, generally moving from the extremities toward the heart.
Some benefits of Circulatory massage include: increases blood and lymph flow, reduces edema, loosens up muscle spasms, cellulite and congested lymph areas, encourages elimination of cellular waste, dissipates scar tissue, quiets the mind, relaxes the entire body, stimulates sensory receptors and aleviates feelings of depression and anxiety. Overall, circulatory massage will leave you feeling refreshed and alive!
Deep Tissue – Sculpting vs. Circulatory
- Deep Circulatory is just that…. a deeper form of the Circulatory modality listed above. With oil/gel/lotion, strokes penetrate at a greater depth into the muscle tissue through greater use of my elbows and forearms.
- Deep Tissue Sculpting is a modality where firm, slow-motion pressure is used to affect the deeper layers of your musculoskeletal system. Pressure is applied with any number of tools (such as: knuckles, heel of hand, soft fist, elbow) without any oil/gel/lotion until a point where resistance is met (“delicious discomfort!”). Once the muscle releases (if it does!) the tool is gradually removed, or, depending on what area is being worked on, once melted in, the muscle fibers may open up and allow my tool to glide along the length of the muscle.
Deep Circulatory massage benefits are the same as Circulatory. In addition, benefits of Deep Circulatory and Deep Tissue Sculpting include breaking up “knots”, relieving tension and easing chronic pain in muscles and fascia.
One of the Hawaiian Healing Arts, this ancient traditional massage covers all modalities (sports, deep, swedish, etc) by using “Aloha touch” (gentle, unconditionally loving), heart connection and focusing on strengthening the “ha” (the breath, which is where it is believed the “mana”/spirit resides).
Although there are as many forms of Lomilomi as there are Hawaiian families, I practice the legendary Auntie Margaret Machado’s form. Beginning and ending each session with a “pule” (prayer/blessing), Lomilomi resembles a “hula”/dance, as it is done in a 1-2-3 sequence, using varying depths of deep tissue manipulation to circulate body fluids through your muscle and organ tissue. After applying oil, I will use my fingers, palm heel and ulna to for kneading, squeezing, friction, hacking and pounding movements in various pressures appropriate for you. You will experience an array of rigorous and soothing movements during our “dance” connection.
Benefits of Lomilomi include relief from muscle aches and spasm, flexibility of joints, increased circulation, and enhanced respiratory, digestive and eliminative functions. It also helps stimulate sensory and motor components of the nervous system. Lomilomi is often combined with “Wela Pohaku” (hot stone therapy), another Hawaiian Healing Art form.
A form of thermotherapy, Hot Stone Massage involves applying heated basalt stones (and, in turn, the earth’s grounding energy!) to the body. It is said to be “five times more relaxing than an ordinary massage.” Stones are used in several ways during a Hot Stone Session. Stones are placed on chakra points to encourage clearing and balancing. Stones are also used in my palms to gently stroke, press and “melt” into muscle tissue. Direct heat from the stones invite muscles to relax easier and allow a greater intensity than a regular massage.
Benefits of a Hot Stone session includes relaxation, sedation of the nervous system, stimulation of the immune system and increased blood circulation, improvement in muscle tone and increased range of motion in joints, and may help with decongestion. This massage will calm and relax your mind, body and soul!
What may seem like a new technique, bamboo massage, has ancient roots and perhaps deeper associations than simply bodywork. In China, Indonesia and Japan, bamboo symbolizes life energy, prosperity, longevity, sexuality, and fertility. In China, stalks of bamboo still symbolize eternal youth, strength, prosperity, and peace.
The Bamboo-fusion massage uses different sizes of natural bamboo sticks (called cho sticks in this technique) as an extension of my hands, forearms, and elbows, enabling me to work deeper and more effectively. The bamboo sticks are warmed and used with various techniques (rolling, kneading, criss-cross, tapotement, etc.) to give you a unique, luxurious massage! Bamboo can be incorporated into a Circulatory or Deep Tissue or Chair Massage session. The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
“NMT” is a more clinical form of bodywork that relieves specific areas of pain. It’s a very interactive modality between client and therapist, as we are trying to locate points of discomfort. We search for “trigger points” (uncomfortable/tender spots within your muscle fibers that refer pain elsewhere) in order to deactivate them. NMT also involves working on ischemic areas (tissue lacking proper blood flow), tears in muscle and/or connective tissue, and nerve compression/entrapment. A variety of techniques are used such as bone cleaning, cross-fiber friction, compressions and circulatory strokes.
Benefits of Neuromuscular Therapy include relief of pain and nagging discomfort, circulation improvement, relaxation of the nervous system and increase of your overall quality of life!
Through the use of various release techniques (Compression, Cross-Handed, Traction/Distraction, and MyoMobilization) areas of tightness, pain, or restriction within the body are addressed. By simply applying a light pressure on fascia, positive, lasting effects are achieved, often within only one or two sessions! The latest research shows that MFR may work on a neurobiological level, effecting changes in the autonomic nervous systems by contacting extremely sensitive mechanoreceptors within the fascia. Therefore, only a “gentle” pressure is needed, as the soft tissue is stretched to it’s end range and held; no need (and no “better” results achieved) to force. This modality is most effective if the skin is clean and free of any oils/lotions, etc. Often a liquid chalk is used by the therapist in order to maximize grip/non-slip with the client’s skin.
This modality is unique because of it’s portability (I can bring my massage chair practically anywhere!) and ease (clients remain fully clothed). A popular and attractive idea in any work setting as an “employee appreciation” offering, or enhancement to any social gathering (ie: Girls “pamper parties”, birthdays, happy hours, healthfairs, etc.) sessions typically last only 20 minutes per person, but definitely should NOT be underestimated! Typical areas addressed during a seated/chair massage include the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and feet.
Benefits of a seated/chair massage include: Decreases stress, boosts immune system, improves circulation and energy, reduces muscle pain/tension, headache relief , boosts mental alertness, lowers blood pressure, and enhances flexibility.