Styles of Massage - the ultimate menu

Styles of Massage - the ultimate menu

After I broke my leg last year, I have been obsessed with massage.  There are so many out there these days and new ones invented just to lure you in (those tricky spa manipulators). In honor of celebrating Valentine's Day: GoddessLife style, I decided to do some research. 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.


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1. Mandy wrote:
My spa just started offering Ayurvedic treatments. The best part was the sabai stems, herbal bundles that smell heavenly which are rubbed on balancing points. I love finishing a treatment with a Vichy shower!

Tue, February 11, 2014 @ 9:11 PM

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