What are My Massage Therapy Options?

Deep tissue massageI practice two different types of massage, though technically it’s more, but Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu all have the tendency toward deep tissue work. Swedish massages use oil or a lubricant so the practitioner can use effleurage – sliding and gliding motion with hands on bare skin – or petrissage – kneading of skin and muscles. Thai massage – which some people term the “lazy person’s yoga” – uses points along designated lines similar to meridians. Shiatsu is similar to Thai massage except that it uses finger pressure point massage and less stretching. The benefits of having deep tissue bodywork done can be felt immediately on your body.

The type of traditional Thai Medical massage that I practice uses acupressure with my thumbs, elbows, knees, heels and palms of my hands.  In addition to the acupressure, I stretch my clients after each body part sequence. For example, I knead and press the forearms and upper arms then stretch the arms over head, out to the side and rotate to loosen up the joint.

Shiatsu is very similar to Thai Massage but I execute a few stretches at the end of the sequence so the patients Qi can flow and move better throughout the body.  In my opinion, Shiatsu is the most deep tissue bodywork method. I stay at a certain point for 1-2 minutes, holding all my weight on just my thumbs. Then I slowly add pressure to a certain point so the muscle adapts to my weight and relaxes as I add more weight. This technique helps the body release any tension and encourages the body to release endorphins. Shiatsu is a wonderful tradition based on Chinese Medicine using acupuncture points on meridians, but perfected and practiced in Japan for many centuries.

Deep tissue effects mostly your physical body, so I am presently learning another bodywork technique based on Japanese martial arts call Ortho-Bionomy. The technique is a soft tissue and very subtle bodywork that uses positions to help release pain. In the soft subtler technique, I am not actively trying to manipulate muscles or connective tissues to reposition themselves, but rather I am passively assisting the patient to realign the misaligned. The benefits of this kind of technique has long standing effects. After my work is done, you might feel an “unwinding” sensation, (warming, relaxation, twitching that is followed by a slight dull ache as the muscles loosen). The “unwinding” could continue hours to days after treatment.

Regardless of which type of method you choose, you can be assured that I will work with you to bring your body back into balance.

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