Thai massage involves a combination of medium/deep tissue massage, and a variety of thai-style stretching. Thai massage in its original form is a bodywork that is often performed on the floor, with the client wearing comfortable clothes that allow for movement. Traditionally, no oils are used in Thai massage. It is known in Thailand as "nuat phaen boran" . However, since its first recorded practice some 2500 years ago, Thai massage has become widespread through many countries, including the United States. Now with the introduction ThaiFUSION MASSAGE, you can experience the elements of a complete medium/deep tissue massage and passive stretches that relieve muscle tension. Also with the optional use of therapeutic moist heat, hot stones, or the Thai-Herbal Compress tools; I will create the deepest effects with your session. Last but not least, with your permission, I will include gentle fragrances of a traditional Thai-Herbal blend, which will provide wonderful aromatherapy for relaxation and rejuvenation. ThaiFUSION MASSAGE brings you the best elements from both Eastern & Western cultures, and guarantees to be one of the best massages you have ever experienced!
Manipulation of the muscles and tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, and stress. There are many styles and types of massage therapy, from relaxation, to the more elaborate techniques including contrasting temperatures and textures. Massage has a long history, passed on by many cultures and generations. To this day, massage is an individual art form to provide relief. Most medical professionals today, agree that massage offers many health benefits.
A massage geared toward an individual who wants to incorporate a break into a busy schedule. Perfect for anyone who performs tasks that require repetitive motion. Also great for anyone who does focused work at a desk, counter or assembly-line. In most cases, this type of massage is done at a workplace, outdoor event, convention, EXPO, spa parties, etc. Technique: These sessions typically last from 10-30 minutes. They are provided on a client who is fully-clothed and seated forward in a custom designed massage chair. The unique speed and technique of the massage are capable of providing relief for muscle aches and tension release; focusing primarily on the head, neck, shoulders arms and back. Pressure: Light to Firm Goal: Provide a renewed sense of energy and focus, in a limited massage session. This is very popular for special events, work/office, etc. Click for more info on Mobile Massage.
This is one of the most common types of massage therapy in the United States. It is most associated with the technical term “effleurage massage”. It is also known as “relaxation massage”. Technique: Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Pressure: Light to Firm Goal: Increase the level of oxygen in the blood, decrease muscle toxins, improve circulation and flexibility while easing tension and providing a full body relaxation.
Targets the deepest layers of muscle and connective tissue and may be the best method to release stubborn muscle knots and tension. The more intense techniques may create a slight discomfort or soreness that lasts a couple of days before the actual relief is realized. Technique: The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Also may include aspects of Swedish Massage and Trigger Points. Pressure: Firm to Deep Goal: Relieve tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for 1-2 days after deep tissue massage.
The Myofascial Release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It is a treatment developed by Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathy/osteopathic medicine, and his early students. Technique: uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissues. Pressure: Some patient may describe the sensation as "stretching" of the skin and superficial layers of tissue. This is accomplished by relaxing and elongated contracted muscles. Goal: Increase circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulate the stretch reflex of muscles and fascia.
Developed by Janet G. Travell, M.D., Trigger Point approach focuses on tight areas within muscle tissue. It often causes shooting pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain or identify a pain referral in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis. Technique: Also known as myotherapy. Technique: is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of protocol, the recipient actively participates through measured deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. Pressure: Deep and Frequent Point Pressure Goal: To release stubborn, trapped toxins in the muscles and release chronic muscle tension. Some clients report a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment.
Excellent for athletes and people at all levels of physical activity. You don't have to be a professional athlete to appreciate the benefits. When provided as a pre-event practice, it helps lessen the risk of injury. As a post-event routine, it reduces muscle recovery time. Technique: The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility and circulation. Pressure: Light to Firm Goal: Promote flexibility and higher muscle performance. Reduce muscle recovery time.
Also known as prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. It has many benefits for both the mother and growing baby. Technique: This type of massage therapy requires special positioning and a modified version Swedish Massage techniques. It is possible for most women to receive massage after the first 3 months of pregnancy. Please consult with your doctor before scheduling. Pressure: Light Goal: Reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman's individual needs.
Studies have shown that massage seems to offer both physical and emotional benefits for women with breast cancer. A 2003 study at the University of Minnesota compared the effects of massage healing touch (a practice in which the therapist's hands are above or very lightly touching the body) with the caring presence of a doctor or nurse (without any touch therapies) in 230 people who had cancer. In this study, researchers found that, while both healing touch and massage lowered anxiety and pain, massage also reduced the need for pain medicine. (SOURCE: breastcancer.org)
Specialized massage technique of applying pressure to certain points on the hands and feet. These points correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. Technique: Target areas of hands or feet to create an overall change throughout the body. The pressure and intensity of the technique vary, depending on the client and situation. Pressure: Light to Deep Goal: Provide relief from ailments such as sleeping disorders, sinus and congestion problems, tension headaches, arthritis, digestive issues, back pain and much more. Click for more information about Reflexology, including images and information on how it affects the HANDS and FEET.
A non-invasive form of alternative medicine that deals with the movement of the fluid surrounding the skull and spinal cord. This fluid is known as cerebral-spinal fluid. By complementing the body's natural healing processes to circulate and balance moment of this fluid, Craniosacral Therapy has become increasingly popular. Some believe it can be used as a preventive health measure, because of its possible ability to bolster resistance to disease. Other clients simply consider it a very relaxing experience. Technique: Typically using only 5grams of pressure; the focus is on removing the restrictions of nerve passages and the membranes that encase the central nervous system. Pressure: Light Goal: To restore misaligned bones to their proper position and eliminate the negative effects of stress. This technique, when focused and repeated, may provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder and more.
Smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to effect temperature changes. Warmth will loosen tight muscles in the body. Cool will create a shift in blood, lymph and bodily fluid. Both temperatures can create a powerful circulation and energy balance throughout the body. Technique: Massage techniques may be performed with stones in hand. However in many instances, the stones will be placed or applied stationary with gentle pressure. Goal: A great technique for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage. Also an extraordinary addition when incorporated with Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage. Pressure: Stationary/Gliding/Trigger Point Work
Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deep-tissue work. (The Japanese name for bamboo is take, while the Chinese call it chu. It is from this word that the cho sticks, used by some bamboo massage practitioners, take their name.) Some practitioners combine elements of shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine (where bamboo cups or the ends of the stalks are used in specific ways), Thai massage, lymphatic drainage, and even ayurveda into the technique, and sticks are sometimes heated or essential oils are incorporated into the massage. The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. An added benefit for the practitioner is that using the bamboo sticks helps to reduce stress and strain on hands and fingers while still allowing for deeply penetrating maneuvers.
Aromatherapy is the addition of one or more scented plant oils to address specific needs. This unique use of fragrance can be a pleasant to nearly all massage experiences.
Technique: Select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc.
Goal: Aromatherapy is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
To learn more about the benefits of Aromatherapy, do some internet research on both aromatherapy and essential oils.