Swedish massage relaxes the entire body using long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But more importantly, Swedish massage also oxygenates the blood, lowering muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility, and easing tension. One recent New York Times-published study by the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that Swedish massage even reduced the subjects’ levels of the stress hormone cortisol dramatically, while increasing white blood cell counts which strengthen the body’s immune system.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage helps relieve chronic muscle tension by applying firm pressure on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and the protective fascia that surrounds muscles, bones and joints. According to a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the blood pressure measured in subjects lowered after a single 45-60-minute deep tissue massage. In 2010, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reported that certain massage techniques, including deep tissue, reduced levels in stress hormones and heart rate while simultaneously triggering release of oxytocin and serotonin, which elevate mood and relaxation.
Neuromuscular (Trigger Point) Therapy
Specific bodily aches and pains are often the result of exceedingly tight muscle tissue originating in another part of the body, resulting in what is called ‘referred’ pain. For example, a tense trigger point in the groin may actually result in pain felt in the lower back. Trigger point massage therapy aims to identify the source of tension and loosen the knotted muscle through repeated application of isolated pressure and release. Typically, a trigger point recipient assists in the treatment through deep breathing and pinpointing the location and intensity of discomfort. Massage with trigger point therapy can be useful in managing chronic pain and stress from injury.
Shiatsu is a manipulative form of Japanese bodywork based on ideas in traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure and Western massage. Shiatsu means "finger pressure", but other body parts may be used, along with stretching, holding and most commonly, leaning body weight into various points (tsubos) along key channels (meridians). Shiatsu doesn't require undressing, and his typically done on a massage mat, but can also be done on a massage table.
Young Living's proprietary Raindrop Technique provides a means of aligning the body and mind by combining unique, targeted massage with pure, authentic essential oils for a deeply harmonizing, rejuvenating and relaxing experience. A combination of 7 essential oils and 2 essential oil blends are used during this massage.
Cupping & Medicupping
Massage cupping bodywork is versatile and effective. By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping therapy is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loose adhesions and lift connective tissue, bringing hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and draining excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Its adoption by prominent athletes, including gold-medal Olympian Michael Phelps, have recently brought this technique into the mainstream.
Micro cups with positive and negative poles are an excellent tool for trigger point therapy, nerve tracking and rehabilitative & healing work around injury sites. Magnetic micro-cupping represents an effective new approach to reflexology and the treatment of painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, among others.
Facial cupping is a new rehabilitative method for aging skin and is rapidly growing in popularity, offering an inexpensive, safe and non-invasive alternative to surgery and chemical treatments. This pinpointed technique eliminates buildup of wastes and fluids around the neck and face, smoothing flaws and diminishing wrinkles.