Medicinal Aromatherapy and Massage
Types of Massage

Swedish Massage: this is the only type of “massage” there is (in the western world), everything else is built upon the Swedish style.  The presser can be very light to extremely deep. The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase blood flow and release tightness from the muscles. Other possible benefits include increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 2 hours long

Deep Tissue: deep tissue work is the specific manipulation of the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep Tissue manipulation therapy uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage as well as cross fiber, pin and stretch, active and passive movements with others, and the depth is more intense. It is also a more focused and slow, as it works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.") Although it is more uncomfortable then Swedish massage, it shouldn’t be painful. The presser used should not exceed a 4 to 6 (the client’s tolerance) and is only performed on one or two parts of the body.

The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; and will lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive. This type of work is done, in no more then 1/4th of a massage session.

Aromatherapy Massage:  a common way to administer healing therapeutic essential oils. This type of massage therapy relies on smooth, fluid effleurage strokes.
Aromatherapy can be used to treat the following conditions: digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, congestion, stress, anxiety, menstrual problems, hormone imbalances sleeping disorders, chronic pain, skin conditions, slow metabolism and much more.

When you get aromatherapy massage the therapist will talk to you about your conditions first. Then the therapist will mix up a special blend of essential oils with massage oil for your massage. The massage is like a standard Swedish massage. At the end of the session the therapist  gives you the unused massage oil to use at home. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 2 hours long.

Chair Massage: is a relaxing type of massage that re-energizes tired muscles and eases aches and pains. When you get an on-site massage in a massage chair you stay fully clothed. The therapist uses no oils or lotions. Most massages last about 15 minutes and use a combination of shiatsu and Swedish style massage techniques.

The thing that makes it most convenient is that the therapist can do quick massages at offices, stores, festivals or any place you can imagine. It is especially popular in offices because you can take a 15 minute break from work and get a massage that will help you feel renewed and re-energized enabling you to work more efficiently.  This type of massage can be 10 to 30 minutes long.

Hot Stone Massage:  heated basalt lava stones with traditional Swedish massage techniques to relieve muscular tension and melt away stress. It is a popular spa therapy.

The stones are sanitized and heated in 120 and 130 degree water before the massage. The therapist places them on areas of your body to open up meridians, loosen muscles and increase circulation. They are usually left on you for about 20 minutes before the massage starts.  The therapist then uses the stones to massage you. The stones are never rough and with a bit of oil glide nicely across the skin. Sometimes cool stones are used to treat muscle injuries.

This form of massage helps sedate the nervous system, detoxify the body, increases lymph flow, and causes you to relax more deeply. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions: arthritis fibromyalgia, depression, muscle aches, insomnia, back pain, anxiety, stress, circulation problems

This type of massage shouldn't be done on women who are less than 3 months pregnant, people with varicose veins, high blood pressure, ulcers, bleeding disorders, cold or flu, or any kind of skin disease. This type of massage can be 1.5 to 2 hours long.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage: more commonly called MLD, is a gentle massage technique used to clear up blockages in the lymphatic system allowing lymph to flow more freely.

The therapy is used to treat pre and post-operative problems. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Lymphedema, burns, fluid retention, lymph node removal, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic mastitis, headaches, scar tissue, chronic sinusitis and more.

During a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session the therapist massages the skin directly with no massage lotion or oil. Very light strokes are used to stretch the walls of the lymphatic ducts.

You shouldn't get this type of massage if you have cellulitis or fever. If you get this type of massage you may experience an increased need to urinate after the massage that could continue for the rest of the day. This happens because fluid has been pushed to your kidneys during the massage and your kidneys turn that fluid into urine. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 11/2 hours long.

Orthopedic Massage: one of the types of massage used for therapeutic purposes. It is sometimes confused with medical massage, but an orthopedic therapist usually has more training than a medical therapist.

Therapists trained in this type of massage will treat acute and chronic pain conditions. When partnered with other therapies this type of massage speeds healing time.  You must get your doctor's approval before getting any type of massage after surgery.

The therapy is used to treat specific musculoskeletal problems. The therapist will take time to assess the situation first by consulting records or having you fill out a detailed intake form. The therapist will next assess your injury by moving you through ranges of motion (10 to 15min). The work the therapist does on the table will be quite specific to address your pain. Orthopedic massage doesn't involve the frills and pampering that can be found in other types of massage therapy. It tends to be rather straight forward and direct in its approach and is no more than 15 to 20 minutes long or as a small part of a 1 to 11/2 hours massage. This makes it ideal for a clinical setting. The following conditions are just a few that respond well to this type of therapeutic massage. tendinitis, frozen shoulder, stiff neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, iliopsoas tendinitis, plantar faciitis.

Reiki: a gentle form of energy work that was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in 1922. Usui fasted and meditated on a mountain top for three weeks. During that time he discovered a way to heal by channeling energy from the universe. The word reiki is actually the combination of two Japanese words. Rei means higher power and ki means life energy.

Practitioners of reiki believe that low life force energy causes sickness. The practitioner works to balance your levels of energy. This can be done without depleting the practitioner's own energy. Instead of sending their own energy into a client, the practitioner is channeling energy from the universe. Reiki can be used to treat all kinds of physical and emotional problems. It's safe and easy to learn..

During a reiki session, you lie on a mat or massage table fully clothed. The practitioner lays his hands on various areas of your body to balance your energy. Some schools of reiki teach that there are specific areas the practitioner must lay hands on and others teach that the practitioner will intuitively know where to place his hands. Sometimes distance sessions are given. During a distance session you are asked to make a comfortable relaxing environment in your home and the therapist will send you energy from another location at an appointed time.

Some people say that they can feel the movement of the energy during a session. Others say that they feel very comfortable and at ease during a session. Everyone is different. The only way to know how you'll feel is to try it and see.  There are 3 levels of training in Reiki, Level 1 is for working on the physical body, level 2 is for mental and emotional levels and distant healing and level 3 is the master/teacher. This type of work can be 30 minutes to 1 hour long.

Reflexology : also known as zone therapy, has a long history. Foot therapy has been practiced by the Chinese since 4,000 BC. Barefoot massage was practiced by ancient Egyptians. Most people think of the feet when they think of this therapy, but it can also be done on the hands and ears.
Reflexologist believe that all areas of the body have corresponding regions on the hands, feet and ears. By treating these areas, they treat the dysfunction in the corresponding region of the body. The treatment lasted 45 to 50 minutes and was relaxing and enjoyable.

You stay completely clothed during a session. You only need to remove your shoes and socks, so make sure your feet are clean before getting this therapy.

Relaxation Massage: a wonderful stress relief massage that calms nerves and increases endorphins. This massage is a form of Swedish massage therapy that is practiced in many spas.

This type of massage isn't deep like a deep tissue, the aim isn't to treat dysfunction in your body or muscle pain. The aim is to soothe the nerves and calm the mind. The therapist massages your entire body without focusing on one specific spot.

Based on Swedish massage techniques, the pressure is light to moderate. There is no deep pressure used in relaxation massage.  The aim of this type of massage is to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate. The therapist uses plenty of massage oil to provide a lot of glide.

Essential oils can be used to promote relaxation. Essential oils help calm the mind and engage the sense of smell in the relaxation process. We all experience stress in our busy lives. Getting a soothing massage can help melt that stress away and leave you feeling great. This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 2 hours long

Sports Therapy: It's based on a combination of massage strokes, shiatsu, and trigger point therapy. It is intended to help reduce the stress intense workouts put on the muscles it is also used to treat injuries once they occur.

Sports massage was originally intended to help athletes perform at their best at events. There are several aspects that address all the needs that athletes have.

Pre-event Massage: This massage is usually a short vigorous massage lasting about 20 minutes. The muscles that will be used in the sporting event are usually the only ones massaged.

Inter-competition massage: This massage is given during training periods. It helps prevent injury during training, allowing the athlete to train harder in each session.

Post-event Massage: This massage is given right after the event. It's used to help regulate and normalize the tissue after exertion.

Recovery Massage:This massage is given up to 24hrs after a workout or competition with the intent of reducing soreness, restore blood flow increase Range of motion, etc. 

Maintenance Massage: administered in the off season or when an not training heavily. The intent is to address any chronic injuries, stress patterns, flexibility, and neurological pathways.

Injury Management: for treating acute and chronic stages of injury. To decrease swelling, reduce spasms, restore flexibility etc.

Sports Therapy has many and varied benefits depending on what type of Sports therapy is used.  Some lower heart rate and blood pressure, others increases it, some increases circulation of blood and lymph others lower it. It improves flexibility and reduces muscle pain and tension.  This type of massage can be 30 minutes to 11/2 hours long.

Muscle Relief Therapy: involves the application of hot towels, and two counter irritant analgesics, Prossage (heating) and Biofreeze (cooling). A very small amount of Prossage is applied to the part of the body and very fast “friction” strokes are used till the client feels the “heat”, then deeper work is started, slowly working deeper and deeper as the muscles relax. Biofreeze is worked in lightly to the point of the most muscle dysfunction.  This type of work is the last 30 to 40 min of a massage session.This work is ONLY be used on chronic or long term muscle dysfunction.


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