The gliding strokes of circulatory massage stimulate the flow of fluids throughout the circulatory system. This aids in the delivery of oxygen & nutrients through the blood, and waste elimination that governs heart rate, blood pressure, respiration & digestion. Skillful application of strokes to the skin and underlying muscle tissue is facilitated with the use of oils as the client is lying on a massage table, comfortably draped.
Deep tissue massage focuses upon the deep layers of muscle tissue. It is used to treat specific problems and chronic patterns of tension. The slower, deeper, more specific strokes of deep tissue are both connective and therapeutic; they relax and soothe the body.
Hot stones are placed on the body delivering concentrated areas of heat, preparing the muscles for massage with warm oiled stones. The thermal energy and inherent healing properties of the heated basalt stone promote deep relaxation and muscle release.
The purpose of lomilomi is to bring alignment back to the individual – mind, body, and spirit. Lomilomi begins and centers on a state of consciousness that reflects the grace and aloha of Hawaii. Aloha spirit recognizes the divine nature of all living things and gives respite from the outside world. Lomilomi is a sacred experience where deep communication between the giver and the receiver enables the physical and energetic systems of the body to flush out, transform and revitalize. The soft tissues are gently, but firmly, loosened, separated and addressed with loving-kindness. It is holy, holistic and practical.
Neuromuscular therapy imparts documented mechanisms of healing by increasing circulation and detoxifying the cells of muscles, tendons, connective tissue and nerves. NMT is used in conjunction with other massage modalities, which first warm up tissues for the focused work of neutralizing trigger points. Trigger points are painful points located in taut bands of muscle tissue and cause a vicious cycle of pain in the affected tissue. The resulting spasm can place pressure on nerves, causing referred pain, numbness, tingling and other symptoms, including structural changes in posture, weakness, compromised range of motion and flexibility. The most pronounced benefit is reduced pain by deactivating the inflammatory response of the pain cycle.
This form of Shiatsu was developed by Master Kiyoshi Kato in Osaka, Japan. His intent was to enhance the quality of blood created in the body, move and relieve blood and lymph stagnation, invigorate the bodily energy (Qi or Chi), and to relax the body and mind. Seitai Shiatsu goes beyond the relief of symptoms; the technique restores the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It is useful to individuals seeking balance, including those with degenerative disease.
Sensory repatterning is a unique style of bodywork which involves artfully moving a client’s passive body through its range of motion by utilizing a combination of rocking, cradling, undulating and slow motions. The resulting kinesthetic sensations encourage the client to let go of muscular restrictions and become aware of limiting holding patterns. Change may be facilitated on the physical, emotional, mental and energetic levels as the body/mind is invited to reconnect with its core and move through life with more ease.
The goal of Tuina is to restore the harmony of Chi through the energy meridians. Based in traditional Chinese Medicine, Tuina restores functional anatomy by affecting change in soft tissue, the energy body and joint relationships. Tuina applies stimulation which facilitates balance of mind-body-spirit through pressure on specific points.