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Massage Therapy | Wellness Management | Bodywork Education
 
 
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THAI MASSAGE

Often described as "yoga for lazy people", Thai massage shares some similarities to Shiatsu, but differs in the amount of stretching involved (both for the client and therapist). During a Thai session, the therapist will use not only their hands, but also their legs, feet, and other parts of their body to alleviate the client's muscular tension. The stretching benefits the client by increasing their flexibility, while warming the muscles for massage, and serves to increase the client's overall range of motion. Since the therapist uses so many parts of the their body to massage at once, the client experiences a truly unique full-body massage that leaves them glowing. Despite the active nature of Thai massage, it is superbly relaxing and definitely leaves you wanting more. The client remains clothed throughout the session so wearing movable clothing is advised.

 
 
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SHIATSU

 

Shiatsu translates literally from Japanese to mean "finger pressure", which gives you an idea of what you can expect. The therapist uses applied pressure all over the body to specific areas of disfunction, to decrease muscle tension, increase relaxation and circulation, and restore energetic balance. The therapist works along energy pathways (meridians) to unblock areas of tightness/pain and bring about a sense of centeredness and well-being in the client. The therapist typically works over the clients clothes, or over a sheet. This modality is suitable for nearly every person; it can be performed on a table, or also in a chair. 

 
 
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ASHIATSU

 Translated from Japanese, Ashiatsu means "foot pressure", and the therapist uses the same principles as with a shiatsu massage, but the majority of the massage is performed using the feet instead of the hands. The feet truly are fantastic tools for massage therapy. The major benefit of this style of bodywork is that the therapist can affect the deepest layers of tissue to help restructure any imbalances in the body, while proving the ample pressure some clients crave. This work can be performed on a table with the assistance of bars above the table for stability, or on the ground using careful balance, practiced postures, and a walker or cane for extra leverage. 

 

 
 
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ACCUPRESSURE

 

Acupressure makes use of the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and shares with Shiatsu the same basis of working along energy meridians.  It shares similarities with acupuncture, but instead of needles, the therapist uses applied pointed pressure to very specific points along the body. This can alleviate pain, open energetic channels, and help reestablish the mind body connection. As with acupuncture, acupressure can be used to target the internal systems of the body to promote healing on a level that manual therapies cannot match. It can be intense, but should never be painful, and is deeply beneficial for unlocking deep tension and promoting energetic stability. As with the other Eastern modalities, the client is clothed, and this work can be done in a wide variety of settings. 

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REFLEXOLOGY

In the practice of reflexology, the therapist uses acupressure techniques, specifically only on the hands and feet of the client to impact change throughout the whole body. Your entire body is a vast, interconnected electrical network, and every part of your body is connected to nerves that correspond to specific points on the hands and feet. The human body is thus mapped across the hands and feet, and the therapist can work on internal as well as external dysfunctions, depending on the client's needs. The client can even be easily educated to work on their own body using reflexology between sessions, adding to their overall health and well-being. 

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ENERGY WORK

 

Energy work can be used an umbrella term to reference a variety of techniques a therapist can use to manipulate the energy in a client's body. In fact, one could say Shiatsu, or really any massage modality, is a form of energy work. This refers specifically to work done by the therapist, whether with their hands on the client's body, or hovering just above them, working to augment their energetic field. Some therapists work to augment the energy by working with the body's natural electrical polarity, or by mentally focusing healing energy on a person through thought and intention. People often report an increased sense of relaxation and well being during and after energy work, and it is great for deeply stressed individuals, or those with severe chronic pain. 

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