Styles of Massage - the ultimate menu

Styles of Massage - the ultimate menu

My body is wrecked! I am always exhausted after teaching SurfGoddess, but yesterday hit me really hard. Literally. I had two surfboard wacks and several major wipeouts and I feel the need for a massage ( but then again, who out there doesn't?) I was wondering what kind of massage should I get? There are so many out there these days and new ones invented just to lure you in ( those tricky spa manipulators). I decided to do some research and I had so much fun creating my own massage menu, I decided to share it with you. Please feel free to share with me your opinions on these massages and others you have had.

Swedish– This European method reduces tension, increases circulation and soothes sore musclesusing a combination of various movements including kneading, petrissage and effleurage.

Shiatsu– This ancient Japanese technique of applied finger pressure to your body’s meridian channels, allows your chi to flow naturally, inducing a state of deep relaxation and well-being.

Watsu–  Watsu consists of shiatsu stretches in a pool of body-temperature water.  You feel weightless as a therapist cradles you and stretches your limbs and is ideal for people who can’t have other types of massage (such as pregnant women and those with disabilities).

Aromatherapy- The powerful aromatic effects of pure essential oils are applied to the skin with Swedish massage techniques to revitalize and detoxify your body.

Sports- Aimed at performance, this massage technique uses compression; deep transverse friction and stretching to prepare the body for intensive exercise or for recovery after athletics.

Deep-Tissue– Atherapeutic treatment that works deep tissue to relieve muscular spasms andprevent soreness resulting from many things like stress, over-exertion, or athletic activities.

Reflexology– The hands and feet have points that correspond to the organs and functions of the body.  This massage involves stimulating these points to provide a positively calming and healing experience.

Reiki– Reikiis a Japanese word that means universal life-force energy.  This ancient healing art uses gentle and non-invasive energy to encourage personal awareness and well-being.

Cranio-Sacral– Through light touch, this practice alters imbalances in the central nervous system between the cranium and the sacrum, resetting the body’s natural healing potential.

Hot Stone Therapy– Smooth, polished Basalt Lava Stones are heated and incorporated into a massage that loosens tight muscles and relieves tension.  

Thai-  Thai massage combines pressure-point massage and yoga in slow, rhythmic stretches along the body’s ten sen,or energy lines.  As you lie on afloor mat, the therapist uses her palms, thumbs, elbow and feet to apply pressure to your body and move it through yoga poses to balance energy and increase flexibility.

Lomi-Lomi– Passed down through Hawaiian elders or Kapuna, this therapeutic technique usesboth gentle and vigorous kneading strokes and body manipulations to ease muscle pain thus renewing a sense of well-being.

Shirodhara– In this Eastern-Indian treatment, warm oil flows onto the forehead and is gently massaged into the scalp while hot stones are place in your hands and at your feet to calm the mind and body.

TuiNa – This ancient Chinese healing art is based on energy flow, meridian and pressure points. The focus is less on immediate relaxation and more on restoring the body’s health and energy through intense stretching and muscle manipulation.

MLD– Manual Lymphatic Drainage is the most widely researched and proven massage in the world. Rhythmical, whispery soft finger strokes or ultra-light drumming stimulate the flow of lymph with the benefits ranging from a decrease in facial puffiness and a boost in immune function to smoothing of cellulite and relief from headaches.

 

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Jennifer wrote:
I'm glad it is not just me. Even our great teacher gets sore.
I feel it in my back and waist, whenever I do twists or turns these days, didn't five years ago. Water massage sounds heavenly. But plain old Swedish is really the trick for me. Really gets in around my neck and shoulders. The chiropractor does help me with the waist issue, but I use lots of ice packs. The heat feels good but it doesn't do anything. An inflamed muscle needs ice to reduce swelling. And I have to be very relaxed before I see the chiro or I am a surf board.
Any ideas, let me know. I still enjoy a little twist and turning, just do less of them.

Wed, September 17, 2008 @ 12:24 AM

2. Christine HoneyThighs wrote:
The "Emilees Intrigue" at Burke Williams, is one of my FAVORITE treatments. Its really expensive, but Soo nice and relaxing. They wrap you in a heated blanket, with eucalyptus leaves, and it feels soo warm and snuggly. Like a big comfy cuddle!! Then they massage you with scented lotion and hot rocks. Its not a deep massage, but it still magically soothes away the tension. *deep relaxing sigh* :)

Sat, September 20, 2008 @ 5:00 PM

3. Rhiannon wrote:
you could call me the queen of alternative medicine,having fibromialgia (a chronic pain condition)I've gone down many roads for relief and many of the teqniques you mention,How ever finding a kickass physical therapist whom specializes in Cranial Sacral and Myofacialar Release, combined with a positive outlook on this problem, I have managed to control the pain to a point where i'm now teaching the goddess workout and in the best shape of my life!
I find the best way to stay pain free is to go in for regular tuneup's about every 3 week's or so or when i know somthing is out of wack.can't praise this enough!!!Rhiannon.

Mon, September 22, 2008 @ 4:06 PM

4. Erica Eckert wrote:
As a massage therapist, I approach the overwhelming array of techniques out there by going back to the basics of mind, body, and spirit being addressed in a client-centered massage. I do not list all of the training titles behind my name, I simply integrate everything I know and continue to learn (it is a life journey)and listen to what the client wants and/or needs. I bring relaxation and relief to my clients at a base price. Simplicity is the way to approach all of the smoke and mirrors out there. You will know and reap the benefits if you receive the benefits of client-centered bodywork.
Erica,NCMT

Thu, October 30, 2008 @ 10:48 AM

5. Erica Eckert wrote:
As a massage therapist, I approach the overwhelming array of techniques out there by going back to the basics of mind, body, and spirit being addressed in a client-centered massage. I do not list all of the training titles behind my name, I simply integrate everything I know and continue to learn (it is a life journey)and listen to what the client wants and/or needs. I bring relaxation and relief to my clients at a base price. Simplicity is the way to approach all of the smoke and mirrors out there. You will know and reap the benefits if you receive the benefits of client-centered bodywork.
Erica,NCMT

Thu, October 30, 2008 @ 10:49 AM

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