Oriental/asian Massages are based on the general theories of Chinese medicine, which include a general sense of balance and harmony. There are several variations and techniques employed in oriental massages. Currently we are offering the following services:
- Foot Massage/Reflexology treatment
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Tui Na
- Gua Sha
- Hot Stone Massage
Foot Massage/Reflexology treatment
Reflexology is a spa treatment where the therapist works on "reflex points" on your feet, hands, and head (especially ears). The theory behind reflexology is that these reflex points relate to specific organs and glands in the body, and stimulating those points with finger pressure promotes health in those organs and glands via the body's energetic pathways. It is similar in theory to acupressure. Reflexologists apply appropriate pressure to these points stimulate the flow of energy, thus helping to relieve pain or blockages throughout the entire body.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage utilizes slow strokes with direct pressure applied across the grain of the muscles with the fingers and thumbs. Deep tissure massage works deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to relieve chronic aches and pains. Its purpose is to reach the fascia beneath the surface muscles. this technique is useful in treating chronic pain.
The tui na massage technique, a form of Asian body work that has been used in China for centuries, is based upon the idea that scar tissue in damaged areas should be broken down in order to promote healing. The massage techniques are meant to stretch, push and knead the muscles while increasing blood flow to damaged areas. Removing these blockages restores the balance of qi, or blood, in the body, leading to improved health and vitality. People with joint- or muscle-specific pains (e.g. neck pain, back and shoulder pain, sciatica, and tennis elbow), arthritis, diabetes, high stress or emotional issues may find a tui na massage beneficial.
Acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body. It involves the use of the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal itself. Pressing on these points relieves muscle tension which promotes the circulation of blood... the vital energy life force that aids in the healing process. People with the following conditions may bebefit from acupressure.
- nausea and vomiting during pregnancy/ morning sickness
- motion sickness
- nausea after surgery
- nausea due to chemotherapy
- cancer-related fatigue
- menstrual cramps
- muscle tension and pain
Gua Sha, an ancient massage technique which originated from China, is different from other forms of massage, which focus mainly on relieving tension in the muscles. The purpose of Gua Sha is to stimulate circulation and move "stagnant" blood. Relaxation of the muscles is a natural response to this movement.It has been adapted by other countries throughout the East and is acommon therapy in both conventional and traditional Chinese medicine today. Gua Sha is thought to scrape or extract the sha ( shaw ) of toxins. As the body is scraped, it pushes a build- up of fluid ahead of it. After it passers, it leaves an indentation,or vacuum, behind which toxic fluid is drawn out to the skin surface from deep within the tissues. As the area turns purple it indicates the blood is old and extremely stagnant. When the skin is aglow and turns red during the treatment, it is a sign that pain and stagnant blood are being removed. The exposing of the Sha is literally removing disease from deep within the system.
Cupping is a method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. The cup's suction pulls at the skin and is said to "suck out" the body's toxins. Sound uncomfortable? If done correctly, the practice can actually relieve much of the body's discomfort caused by the congestion of blood, energy or mucus, as well as swelling or pain.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. The stones are placed on your body so that you can relax and enjoy the heat.