Smooth, long strokes,circular movements,and kneading are used on the superfical muscle layers, by using oils, creams, or lotions. This can be very gentle and relaxing, and would be a good first massage.
This is a massage where the therapist uses essential oils or plant oils to help with specific needs. Oils are good for energirizing, relxaing, stress-reducing, balancing, and so on. The most common oil used is lavander.
Hot stone is where, heated smooth stones are used to help loosen and warm tight musles and balance the energy centers in the body. Most massage therapist will use gentle pressure applied with the stones during the massage. This type of massage is good for those who have very tense muscles and are looking to a light type of massage.
Deep tissue targets the deeper layers of muscles under the skin and the connective tissues as well. The use of friction techniques and slow strokes are use across the grain of the muscle. You may experience some soreness after this type of massage for a day or two.
The intent of shiatsu is to release energy blockages, rebalance and stimulate energy flow. This method can be preformed on a mat, futon or massage table. This type of massage uses the fingers, thumbs and palm pressure along the energy channels of the body.
Is performed on a floor mat. The client is fully clothed and no oils or lotions are used. Thai massage uses point pressue to open energy lines in the body. This type of work is combined with stretching techniques to open the clients body creating a relaxing and invigorating experience. This method uses the thumbs, hands, palms, fingers, elbows, feet, knees and heels to move, massage, and hold the body in a yogic and therapeutic postion.
7. Pregnancy Massage
This type of massage is known as a prenatal massage. This type of massage is used to decrease swelling, reduce depression and anxiety, reduce stress and relive aches and pains….this massage is customized to fit the mothers needs.
This has been called a foot massage, but it is so much more than that.This massage involves applying pressure to specific point’s on a persons foot that corresponds to organs as well as systems in the body.
10. Back Massage
A thirty minute back massages are offered by some spas and clinics…..ask your therapist about one if you don’t see it listed in their price list…this is a focus on the mucles of the back and can be very relaxing.
13. Face toning
Massage begins with a cleanser and scrub applied to the face. Then the facial muscles are toned with specific techeniques to make the face firmer. Warm towels are applied to the face neck and shoulders to melt away the stress of the day. then a nice gentle hand and foot massage are added to top off the massage.
14. Cold stone for migraines
This is a fusion of cold marble stones custom designed to contor along the key headache sites comfortably–and essential oil combinations that have been developed to specifically to counteract the top three headache causes.