Massage & Bodywork
In this Japanese tradition of massage, a therapist uses mostly pressure along the energy lines to allow for a smooth flow of energy through the body. Shiatsu literally means thumb or finger pressure (acupressure), however the massage therapist may also use palm and elbow. In addition, some mild stretching, joint mobilization and manipulation will likely occur. This therapeutic massage can be mild to firm and the overall tone is slow and sedative.
In this Chinese tradition of massage, a therapist may brush, knead, roll, press, rub, stroke, shake, or stretch the areas in between each joint known as the eight gates in order to open the body’s defensive chi. Tui literally translates to “push” and na translates to “lift and squeeze.” A tui-na treatment can be gentle to quite firm. It usually has some quick components to it along with slow deep isolated manipulations.
Thai Massage is an ancient healing system from Thailand combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga poses. The body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.The client wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. The body will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures. The massage generally follows designated lines (“sen”) in the body.
Reflexology relieves stress and tension and as the body and mind begin to unwind, we are more able to respond to the reflexes in the feet (or hands), being stimulated. These reflexes correspond to every Organ, Gland and system of the body. The result being that imbalances in the body can start to come back into harmony.
Reiki is a form of bodywork, starting in Japan, that involves the “laying on” of hands by the practitioner, either directly or indirectly, on the body. This helps to channel the natural ‘life energy’ (Chi/Prana) in harmonious flow. This ancient art of natural self-healing will help restore strength and bring balance to the mind, body and spirit.
Do I have to get undressed?
Nope! No oils or lotions are used in our therapies, however lotion is used in reflexology for the hands and feet.
Does it hurt?
No, but some clients may experience mild pain at points during massage, but it is often described as “good pain.” It is often a sign of a release of tension. Therapists will guide the client through these moments by telling them to breath through the challenge so that they can ultimately find relief. We always ask the client to communicate with us throughout the session if anything does not feel comfortable. It is important that that the client stay within his/her level of comfort in order to achieve relaxation and a sense of well-being.
Will I be sore the next day?
Soreness and lethargy are possible, but generally uncommon. It depends on the state of your body. Usually soreness after a treatment is a result of the body releasing toxins into the bloodstream for removal. Drinking plenty of water following a treatment helps reduce the chances of soreness. Also, informing the practitioner if he/she has gone beyond your level of comfort reduces the chance of soreness. Most clients leave feeling a heightened sense of well-being after a treatment that can continue for several days.
How often should I receive massage therapy?
This answer depends solely on the client and the current state of their body. In general, it is recommended to receive treatment every 10-14 days for about 2 months initially. Following this the client will move to once a month or once a quarter.
What do I need to know for my first treatment?
Please arrive a few minutes before appointment to fill out a health history form, or fill out a form Here to take with you. You can wear loose fitting clothes, you will be asked to take off any watches or jewelry.