This is the most commonly used form of massage, as it is gentle and relaxing. This makes it a great ‘everyday’ massage, or the perfect choice for first-time clients. It uses friction, long smooth strokes, circular movements, and kneading techniques on the body and over the more superficial layers of muscle.
In Aromatherapy massage, one or more essential oils are chosen for their specific qualities and matched to alleviate your particular problem, for example; lavender for relaxation and stress-reduction. Massaged into the skin, the properties of the oils are effective in treating a variety of conditions and the scents diffuse the atmosphere and are inhaled.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep pressure is applied to specific problem areas of your body. Slow, forceful strokes are used to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue while more gentle massage techniques are used on the remainder of the body.
The massage generally follows designated lines (“sen”) in the body. A full Thai massage session includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, and moving the recipient’s body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver.
Sometimes called pressure acupuncture, Acupressure is often thought of as simply acupuncture without the needles. Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, and elbows, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. This involves pin-pointing of targeted areas of stress and pain build-up, that are relieved when applying this skillful pressure-point technique.
Also known as zone therapy, it involves the application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that are said to reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.