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Below is a list of available massages and optional upgrades:
Traditional Thai Massage
Thai massage is a type of massage that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on a padded mat on the floor. No oils are used in Thai massage.
While getting a Thai massage, you will need to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement. During your massage you may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of Thai massage. Duration of this type of massage is typically between 60 minutes to two hours long.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than the more classic forms of massage. Thailand is proud of its name, “the Land of Smiles”. You can expect to feel happy and soothed after your massage. You may well experience an unusual sensation of being both calm and energized, and feel lighter, taller and even “ironed out”.
Customized / Problem Focused / Deep Tissue
Problem focused massage is helpful to individuals who suffer from an assortment of health conditions, including repetitive motion injuries, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, muscle spasms, neuromuscular conditions, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic headaches, whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, and soft-tissue injuries as well.
Additionally, problem focused massage increases blood supply to skeletal muscles and other body components. Furthermore, problem focused massage is also evidenced to stimulate the nervous system as well. Overall, problem focused massage is a noninvasive therapy that produces beneficial health results to those experiencing numerous health-related illnesses and injuries.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you ecperience is outside your comfort range.
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Ostearthritis pain
- Muscle tension or spasm
According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.
Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
What Can I Expect During My Visit?
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.
You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.
It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.
Relaxation massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Relaxation Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the bodys soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
The use of hot, moist towels in massage therapy, also known as hydrothermal therapy, can help tight muscles to relax, soothes irritated nerve endings and increases circulation. Therapists can achieve more results during a limited treatment session period by applying hot, moist towels to one area of the patient’s body while manually massaging other areas, then switching as needed. Hot towels can be used in areas that would be unable to tolerate the pressure and friction common to manual massage, and the use of moist heat is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation to help to relax muscles and increase circulation in areas made tender by that condition.
Aromatherapy Massage is massage therapy combined with a blend of essential oils created from the pure essences of plants to create harmony, heal, and balance all aspects of a person from mental to physical to emotional to spiritual.
All of the aromatherapy essential oils are considered to be antiseptic and are believed to fight infections in many ways. Some of the oils are also said to be anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Let us check out some benefits provided by aromatherapy oils:
- Stimulate memory
- Balance emotions
- Treat viral infections
- Revive tired mind
- Boost immune system
- Stimulate blood circulation
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Enhance emotional outlook
- Combats stomach disorders
- Regulates irregular blood pressure
- Respiration – Fusion of Lime, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils
- Stress Relief – Fusion of Bergamot Orange, Lavender, and Lemongrass Essential Oils
- Relaxing – Fusion of Lavender, Tangerine, and Clary Sage Essential Oils
- Calming – Fusion of Chamomile, Bergamot Orange, and Lavender Essential Oils
- Sweet Orange
If you’ve had a pedicure, then you’re familiar with the benefits of exfoliation. Foot calluses can develop due to daily pressure from workouts, walking and wearing those truly fashionable, but less-than-comfortable shoes that you adore. But after a little apricot scrub and a session with a pumice stone, your feet can feel soft, smooth and sandal-ready. While you wouldn’t employ the exact same methods on your face, or even your arms and legs, the rest of your body certainly can benefit from a little exfoliating.