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Massage Definitions

With so many massage techniques available, it can be difficult to decide what type of work you would like done. To help you out, we've compiled a list of technique definitions to get you started.

Workplace / Event Chair Massage
A chair massage session usually lasts between 5 and 30 minutes. No oil is used, and the client remains fully clothed. The massage focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. This massage results in the client feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to return to work or play. This is an excellent massage for those who are new to massage and bodywork.

Swedish Massage
This technique uses a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Used primarily for a full-body session, it promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle tension.
"Glossary: Massage Techniques" a guide to Massage Therapy in America (American Massage Therapy Association)

Deep Tissue Massage
As the name implies, a Deep tissue massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons, and fascia. It can be used for specific work or full-body.
"Glossary: Massage Techniques" a guide to Massage Therapy in America (American Massage Therapy Association)

Shiatsu is an Oriental-based system of finger-pressure massage which treat special points along acupuncture "meridians," the invisible channels of energy that flow in the body. Energy blocked along these meridians can cause physical discomfort, so the aim is to release the blocks and re-balance the energy flow. It can be used for specific work or full-body.
"Glossary: Massage Techniques" a guide to Massage Therapy in America (American Massage Therapy Association)

Passive Joint Therapy
Passive Joint Therapy is a unique style of massage. It explores the natural rhythm and range of motion that is inherent in each of us. No oil is used, and the client remains fully-clothed. The results of this massage are deep relaxation, and more fluid movements.

Relaxing Face, Hands, and Feet Massage
In this session, the practitioner integrates a relaxing face, neck, and upper body massage with a soothing hands and feet treatment. This combination offers a whole body experience. By using special movements, with some emphasis on The Dr. Vodder Technique, we focus on the often-neglected body parts to improve the health of the tissues. This includes lymph drainage and decongestive therapy techniques that consist of various gentle strokes in the direction of lymph flow in the skin. These techniques can drain the loose connective tissue, increasing absorption into the blood capillaries and lymph flow. These techniques are often used on clients that suffer from stress, muscle spasms (face or neck), chronic and allergic nasal problems, sinusitis, tonsillitis, migraines/headaches, and acne.

Thailand Massage / Yoga Massage
Thailand Medical Massage was created over 2000 years ago, and is still widely practiced today. Thai Massage is a combination of gentle rocking, range of motion, acupressure, refloxology, energy work and stretching, a form of passive yoga. Joints are loosened and opened through manipulation and peripheral stimulation, muscles are stretched, internal organs are toned, vitality is increased and a deep state of relaxation can be achieved. The work is very rhythmical and meditative.

The massage is done on a floor mat with the receiver wearing loose, comfortable clothing. This gives the practitioner a lot of leverage and the ability to use their body very effectively. It also allows for movements that are not as effective, or impossible on a table. Therapists are trained to respect everyone's varied amount of flexibility and can therefore benefit the limber athlete, as well as the those who are not very limber, by stretching everyone to their own personal limits.
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