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Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.
Ayurveda is both a traditional medical system and a philosophy that offers keys for creating harmony and balance in life. In Sanskrit, ayur means life, and veda means knowledge. Massage is an integral part of ayurveda. When practiced regularly, it stimulates the immune system, enlivens the nervous system, and increases circulation. Ayurvedic massage is designed to stimulate the "marma points", points located on the skin over the lymph nodes, as well as to increase the flow of lymph fluid through the lymph vessels.
After an ayurvedic massage, one feels totally revitalized. The body literally hums with life, and being in the body feels grounded, comfortable, relaxed and energized. One feels as if in a meditative state, yet extremely alert. This physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance is the cause of health, and according to ayurveda, it serves as a foundation for spiritual growth.
When it comes to a treatment that puts you in a blissful state, shirodhara is tops. It is a prominent ayurvedic treatment involving streaming a thin column of oil onto the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows. This method treats head and neck disorders and nervous system conditions and promotes mental clarity, memory, calm, and quality meditation. It consistently creates a meditative state that is focusing and isolating. During the treatment, the vital force of the body can organize, heal, and rebuild a state of balanced health.