Thứ Tư, 13 tháng 1, 2010

Massage Styles

10.Acupressure is form of therapy based on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of using acupuncture needles to stimulate points along the body's energy channels, acupressure uses physical pressure applied by hand, elbow, or various devices to get similar therapeutic effects. The pressure applied to these key points promotes proper circulation of blood and qi (life force energy) to enhance the body's natural healing abilities. This kind of treatment can be effective in treating a wide variety of ailments including headaches, back and neck aches, arthritis, various digestive disorders, insomnia, and many others internal organ dysfunctions.

Aromatherapy is a treatment that utilizes aromatic essential oils to achieve a wide variety of therapeutic effects. Botanical oils ranging from lavender and rose, to peppermint and grapefruit can be massaged into the skin, inhaled directly, or diffused into an entire room depending on the desired result. Each of these oils have unique healing properties and can be used to relieve pain, alleviate tension and fatigue, reduce anxiety, induce good mood, and promote deep relaxation.

Chinese Tui Na is a form of medical massage therapy based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Much like Acupuncture, Tui Na utilizes various diagnosis techniques and an extensive knowledge of the body's energy (qi) pathways to bring patients back to a balanced state of health. But rather than using needles, this kind of practitioner uses their hands in various ways to enhances one's natural healing ability. Chinese Tui Na Massage can be very beneficial for people suffering from various types of chronic pain, hypertension, and a wide variety of disorders stemming from internal organ dysfunction.

Chair Massage is a type of bodywork that utilizes specially made massage chairs to provide treatment. Often known as “corporate massage� because of its convenience, this kind of therapist can quickly and easily set up on-site and is often incorporated into office wellness programs. This type of massage therapy is great for those who need a quick massage and helps relieve the pain and tension of working behind a desk. This kind of treatment is quick, convenient, rejuvenating, and leaves patients ready to take on the day!

Cranio-Sacral Therapy. This physiological system, including the membranes and cerebral spinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, often become restricted from injury, disease, stress, and, trauma leading to a wide array of bodily dysfunctions. This form of therapy works to release these restrictions, enhance central nervous system function and can alleviate illnesses including: spinal chord injuries, chronic fatigue, chronic neck and back pain, colic, learning disabilities, autism, migraine, dyslexia, stress and emotional difficulties.

Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also known as connective tissue. This type of bodywork uses more intense and focused pressure to release deep-seated muscle tension and adhesions, also known as knots. While promoting better blood circulation, and stimulating proper tissue formation, this kind of massage can greatly increase muscle length, improve one's structural balance, and alleviate chronic joint and muscle pain.

Foot/Sole Massage focuses on treating our tired, hardworking feet. While often incorporated into other full body massage routines (Swedish, Deep Tissue, etc.), some foot massages can be just as therapeutic as they are relaxing. Treatment techniques such as Acupressure, Reflexology, and Shiatsu utilize knowledge of the body’s energy channels located in the feet to balance and heal other parts of the body. Read more about these techniques to learn about the potential therapeutic effects of a foot massage.

Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones during treatment. It is deeply soothing, relaxing, and helps tight muscles lengthen and release tension. This kind of massage generally uses the traditional strokes of Swedish massage while holding a heated stone. The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine or in the palms of your hand to enhance the flow of energy throughout your body. Hot stone massage works to alleviate stress, promotes the release of toxins, improves circulation, and can be very beneficial for those suffering from various types of joint and muscle pain.

Lomi Lomi is a traditional form of theraputic massage rooted in the Polynesian culture. Having been further developed by the master healers of Hawaii, this kind of bodywork can have profound healing effects and is regarded for its ability to work deeply into muscles in a very gentle way. It often uses rhythmic flowing motions to nurture and relax the body allowing the release of deep seated fatigue, physical and emotional. One of the traditional Hawaiian philosophies underlying the practice of Lomi Lomi is the idea that everything seeks to find harmony and love. With this intention I mind, experienced Lomi practitioners work with love to bring patients back to a state of balance, harmony, and ultimately, health.

Lymphatic Drainage massage focuses on enhancing the natural function of the body's lymphatic system. This physiological system is like our waste treatment plant and is responsible for the removal of various toxins, microorganisms, waste products, and other foreign substance from the body. This form of massage utilizes light touch in specific anatomical regions in precise ways that stimulate lymph drainage. Since lymphatic function is such an important aspect of our health, this type of treatment can be effective in treating disorders including chronic fatigue syndrome, bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, arthritis, acne, eczema, chronic pain, muscle spasms, constipation, and edema.

Myofascial Release is a treatment technique utilizing sustained pressure to the body's fascial system, which can become tight and restrictive from past trauma, repetitive stress injuries, and/or prolonged poor posture. In this unhealthy state, the fascia can be the source of tension, pain, restricted movement, and an array of other disorders stemming from the body’s inability to deal with stress. This form of treatment can be beneficial to those suffering from various types of chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, vertigo/dizziness, fibromyalgia, headache, TMJ dysfunction, and plantar fascitis amongst many others.

Neuromuscular Therapy is a very specialized form of bodywork that focuses on the relationship between the central nervous system and the body's system of soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and connective tissues). Injury, trauma, stress, and poor posture cause nerve transmissions to speed up beyond equilibrium often leading to pain and dysfunction. Neuromuscular Therapy is very beneficial for those suffering from various types of chronic pain, muscle spasms, muscle tension, and can greatly enhance one overall state of health.

On-site Massage refers to the mobility of the practicing therapist. Rather that treating patients at a spa or clinic, on-site massage therapists are mobile and can set up wherever requested, as long as the location is appropriate for the particular treatment. Though many on-site massage therapists practice chair massage, any kind of treatment may be provided depending on the qualifications of the mobile therapist.

Polarity Therapy is a synthesis of ancient Eastern traditions and modern alternative health care methods based on the concept of the human energy field. Using touch, verbal interaction, exercise, nutrition and other methods, Practitioners of Polarity Therapy seek to balance and restore the natural flow of energy, which flows from the universe and into the body through the meridians, charkas, and endocrine glands. Polarity therapists unblock and balance the nervous system which allows a release of stress and permits the body to relax and heal itself naturally. The result is increased energy and vitality.

Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage, also called pre-natal massage, is a form of therapy based around an expectant mother's needs. Because of a mother's needs during pregnancy, she must be properly positioned and supported during the massage. Using various pillows and padding, prenatal massage therapists emphasize proper positioning to ensure comfort and safety for the mother and baby. Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints.

Qi/Prana Healing. Qi, Ki, Chi, and Prana are the various names that have been given to the human body's life force energy. Though its existence has historically been dismissed by science, modern research has, and continues to reveal the true nature of this subtle yet potent energy. Known by some as “bioelectricity, this subtle energy is a key component of physiological function and if it is dysfunctional, illness will be present. Qi healing can be performed by a practitioner to a patient, or by practicing various forms of movement, breathing, visualization, and meditative exercises by which patients can also heal themselves. Since Qi is the basis of the body's natural healing ability, this form of treatment can heal illnesses ranging from the mundane to the miraculous. Much of this depends on the skill of the practitioner, the particular methods used, and the mental state of the person being treated.

Reflexology is a form of massage usually applied on the hands, feet, or ears. It's a form of treatment rooted in ancient techniques used by various cultures that found correlations between these body parts and the rest of the body. Certain "reflex zones" on the hands, feet, and ears, have been found to have an influence on other portions of the body when stimulated with physical pressure. Though often prescribed as a complement to standard medical care, reflexology massage can be very beneficial to those suffering from migraine, stress, back pain, arthritis, digestive disorders, and sleep disorders.

Reiki is a form of treatment technique used as a complementary therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental illnesses. This practice is based around the understanding that life is supported by an unseen, life-force energy (Ki). When this energy is low, one is likely to become ill. Practitioners use this life force energy channeled through their hands to bring about relaxation and healing to the patient. Reiki healing has been widely known to have positive (sometimes miraculous) effects in treating virtually every known illness and is always beneficial to the patient being treated.

Structural Integration (Rolfing) bodywork was founded Dr. Ida P. Rolf over 50 years ago and has widely been known as "Rolfing". This type of massage emphasizes proper function of the body's myofascial system, which often becomes restricted from injury, past trauma, or the effects of poor posture. Over a series of Rolfing sessions, one's mysofascial system gets released, easing chronic pain and stress. As the name suggests, this kind of treatment reintegrates the body's structure leaving patients relieved, pain free, and can lead to better performance in their daily activities.

Scalp Massage focuses on treatment of the head and scalp. Often integrated into full body massage treatments, scalp massages work to stimulate blood flow helping nourish hair follicles. When performed regularly it can help prevent and fight avoidable hair loss and enhance the natural development of healthy hair. While this kind of massage can help relieve headaches, many people get scalp massages to just relax and release the stress of the day.

Shiatsu is treatment technique that utilizes massage in a more medically oriented manner. Often seen as the Japanese version of Chinese acupressure, Shiatsu practitioners will first assess their patients to get an understanding of where their energy (Qi-Life Force Energy) imbalance may be. With their foundational knowledge of the energy pathways (meridians) running throughout the human body, the practitioner treats the patient with various massage, breathing, and joint manipulation techniques to leave the patient in a balanced state of healing. Shiatsu massage treats common ailments such as anxiety, depression, stiffness, arthritis, nausea, headaches, cramps, or pulled muscles.

Sports Massage is a specific type of bodywork typically used before, during, and after athletic events. This type of treatment incorporates various massage and stretching techniques to stretch and warm muscles allowing for peak athletic performance. During and after athletic events, sports massage is used to alleviate fatigue, reduce swelling, release muscle tension, and allows for more rapid recovery.

Swedish Massage is a form of bodywork that incorporates a unique variety of techniques that aims to relax and rejuvenate tense muscles. Generally a more gentle form of massage, Swedish Massage flushes the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes to increase circulation while rejuvenating and soothing the nervous system. This kind of massage sooth both physical and emotional stress and is often integrated into a regular health maintenance regime.

Thai Massage, often known as Thai Yoga Massage, this form of bodywork incorporates passive stretching and gentle pressure along energy channels to bring patients back to a balanced state. During Thai Massage sessions, patients often feel like they are doing yoga without any effort as the therapist stretches and manipulates their bodies into various restorative postures. This type of therapy can alleviate joint pain, stiffness, muscle tension, and stress, leading to an overall higher level of health and well-being.

Trigger Point Therapy is a massage technique that utilizes physical pressure to alleviate painful knotted tissue. These knotted trigger points can vary in severity ranging from local pain, to pain that shoots to other parts of the body when pressed. Stemming from past trauma, poor posture, and/or overexertion, these trigger points can cause chronic pain and are believed to be a major cause of stiff joints and restricted range of motion. When treated with trigger point massage, circulation in the tissue is greatly increased, joint mobility is restored, and patients are usually relieved of pain and tension.

Some Benefits of Massage include:

•Reducing emotional and physical stress

•Relieving pain from tense muscles, fractures, sprains and stiff joints

•Helps relieve sciatica

•Shortening recovery time from certain muscle strains

•Increasing the suppleness of ligaments and tendons

•Lowering blood pressure and heart rate

•Strengthening the immune system

•Relieving tension headaches

•Promoting restful sleep

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