Massage Types & Techniques
Shiatsu is a non-invasive Japanese therapeutic technique that developed from Traditional Chinese Medicine, however no needles are used. The technique involves the application of sustained manual pressure to acupoints along meridians on the body. Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension. It is effective in the management of numerous conditions including headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome and sciatica. After Shiatsu treatments, most people experience increased range of motion and deeper more restful sleep.
Craniosacral therapy is based on the philosophy that the bones of the skull move to a steady rhythm caused by pulsating pressure in the brain and spinal fluid. The entire body is affected by this rhythm as it is transferred through the spine to the bones, connective tissues and organs of the body. Restricted movement of the bones of the skull can cause problems which therapists are trained to locate. Common causes of restriction can include birth trauma, emotional stress and injury. Very gentle pressure is applied to the skull to correct the problem and stimulate self-healing.
LaStone® therapy utilizes the concepts of hot and cold therapy by massaging the body with heated and cooled stones. The massage stimulates self-healing while both relaxing and re-energizing the body. Many chronic and acute conditions can be treated with this from of therapy by reducing muscle tension and creating deep relaxation.
Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.
How Does It Work?
When the reflexes are stimulated, the body's natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin) which may interfere with this natural flow of the body's energy. Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the disharmonies to be released by a physiological change in the body. With stress removed and circulation improved, the body is allowed to return to a state of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the "automatic" process that the body incorporates to bring it back to the "normal" state. For example, if the blood pressure is abnormal, the kidneys will secrete the enzyme renin which is involved with blood pressure, and the hormone, erythropoietin that increases the rate of red blood cell production.
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Myofascial release is a hands-on therapeutic approach to treating muscles and fascia (a dense tissue that surrounds all muscles and bones). It is also used to break down scar tissue in areas of the body that have sustained injury. A slow deep pressure is applied to various locations on the body to relax the fascia and muscles allowing them to re-organize their structure and lengthen. This creates an increase in range of motion and decreased stress on these structures. Myofasical release can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including headaches, sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries.