Types of Massage


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Thai massage or Oriental bodywork has its origins in ancient Chinese medicine. It is a combination of foot reflexology, Chinese energy lines and taichi movements, and "passive" yoga. Although the length of a session can range from 1.5 hours to as much as 4 hours, the average session length is 2 hours. This massage is performed using a mat on the floor with the client fully clothed in loosely fitting clothing without their shoes and socks. Over a period of time this therapy may increase client flexibility.

Neuromuscular or Deep Tissue massage is normally performed on a table without lubricant. Even though the client removes only the clothing required to access the part of the body being massaged, the client is fully covered with a sheet. This massage is performed to correct posture or alignment problem

Craniosacral therapy is a very light touch massage performed fully clothed except for the shoes. The massage is performed on a massage table and is often done to allow the body to complete a healing process or to relieve stress. It also opens the various diaphragms of the body. The work is very mental and is done at the subconscious level.

Seated chair massage is portable and can be done in offices, schools or convention areas. Clients sit on a specially designed chair where their back, neck, hands and arms are massaged. Sessions can last from 5 to 30 minutes with a typical session lasting 10 - 15 minutes. This massage leaves the client feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Clients have said that the seated chair massage is the equivalent of taking a "power nap" during the workday.

Swedish massage involves the client removing clothing and lying on the massage table covered by a sheet. The body remains covered and the massage therapist massages one part of the uncovered body at a time. As she moves from body area to body area, the sections are uncovered, massaged, and then covered. Using a lubricant (oil or cream), the therapist makes long flowing strokes or short kneading strokes to provide this relaxing massage. Swedish massage is the most commonly requested.