Aromatherapy massage is used to treat many conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, sore muscles, sinusitis, asthma and so on. Essential oils or a blend of oils that are added to carrier oils such as almond oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, peanut oil and/or massage cream, then applied to the skin using massage modalities, tools and techniques.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone massage provides for a deep relaxation as the therapist uses heated, smooth, stones as an extension of their own hands. The stones are lubricated with oil, usually mixed with essential oils which further induce relaxation. The therapeutic effects of the heat and the oils warm muscles, help circulation and create an extremely calming and blissful experience.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage mostly benefits those that suffer from chronic pain that’s caused by overuse of muscles causing muscle injury, scar tissue or blockage. The purpose of this type of therapy is to focus on deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue by use of firm pressure and slow, deliberate strokes. The Therapist may use their special tools, their thumbs, and elbows to aid them in reaching the deeper levels of tissue. It is very important to communicate any discomfort with the therapist on the pressure you can tolerate. You should not feel sharp pain or feel that you’re “bracing” your muscles.
Lymphatic massage is crucial for your immune system and for protecting the body from inflammation and illness. If the lymphatic system is congested, it cannot provide protection needed and potentially become more prone to infections and disease. Keeping the lymphatic flow smooth and free from lymph congestions absolutely critical to our health and well-being. Manual lymphatic drainage is used for pain management in those experiencing fluid retention and swelling postoperatively. It is also used when the body’s natural lymphatic system slows, becomes interrupted or sluggish due to dehydration, poor diet, or inactivity. This type of therapy helps to detoxify the body as it aids in the removal of metabolic waste by use of slow and gentle, rhythmic, directional strokes moving fluid toward the body’s lymph nodes pathways.
Therapeutic massage treats specific acute or chronic injuries, pain or a specific condition. Each may be treated using a variety of techniques for the most effective results. Conditions may include but are not limited to sciatica, back, neck pain, muscle strains, IBS or other digestive or stomach.
Prenatal massage helps reduce stress, relieve pain in neck, back, and legs, as well as alleviate cramps, reduce swelling, improve quality of sleep, and minimize anxiety and depression associated with hormonal imbalance.
Relaxation massage is mostly for those that are extremely tense, overworked, stressed, experiencing anxiety, or feeling underappreciated. Effleurage, or long, gliding strokes (like, Swedish massage) and very light feather strokes or very light to help you leave feeling refreshed and new.
Swedish massage is the most common massage modality. Thought of as the “classic” massage, these techniques include effleurage (long gliding strokes), petrissage (muscle squeezing, or kneading, wringing, or picking up of the skin or skin rolling,) stroking (a superficial touch using the palm of your hand or fingers,) and tapotement (patting, tapping, hacking or drumming of the hands or fingers.
Cupping has been adapted from an ancient practice originating thousands of years ago. It was first used by the Chinese and Europeans. There are versions of cups like glass, plastic or silicone cups which use a negative pressure, or suction to pull, lift and open the body’s soft tissues. It opens blood vessels, releases stagnant blood and toxins, allowing them to surface and re-enter the blood circulatory system for elimination. Cups may be placed and left in a stationary position or moved constantly around the target areas. Cups may be used to massage the body or a combination of both. This practice provides for a detoxification, a wonderful relaxation massage, an effective deep tissue treatment, helps remove scar tissue, reduce inflammation, and treat muscle pain. Cupping is also effectively used to treat sciatica pain, shoulder pain, back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, cellulitis, IBS, or other digestive issues.