massage, the art of therapeutic bodywork, has been practiced from time immemorial by both ancient and primitive peoples. concepts which linked the body to the mind and spirit were once discounted as "unscientific" in the west, and the human body came to be regarded as a sophisticated machine. yet in the light of the development of modern psychology and a more sophisticated knowledge of anatomy and physiology, health care professionals are beginning to reexamine touch therapy. as we confront the challenge of understanding how personal growth, character, physical structure, and health and disease relate to one another, we begin to create a new matrix -- "the bodymind".
heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. the massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. the warmth is comforting. hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.
Deep Tissue Massage
deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. the massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. people often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
this is typically included in a normal massage. trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. it may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy. trigger point therapy is sometimes regarded as one of a group of treatment aproaches called neuromuscular therapy or nmt . myotherapy, developed by bonnie prudden, is a related type of trigger point therapy.
in-home massages are available. one hour minimum. gas surcharge may be applied based on distance.
in-office table massage available. two hour minimum. gas surcharge may be applied based on distance.
At some point in our lives every one suffers from minor injuries, pain or discomfort. Our instinctive reaction is to rub or hold the affected area to ease the pain. If you stub your toe or have a stomach ache, you rub it to stop it from hurting so much. Early man probably soon learnt that, whilst rubbing painful areas of his body, certain plants could be applied which would help to ease the pain and promote healing. This basic technique has been developed through the millennia into the system of massage we know today. Massage is the systematic manipulation of the soft body tissues for therapeutic purposes. The English word massage is derived from the Arabic word 'mass'h', which means to press gently. This itself gives a hint to the long history of massage. Massage in its most basic form has been around as long as man, however today there are many highly specialized forms of massage all derived from these basic techniques.