- Swedish Massage
Uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration or shaking. Swedish massage ahs shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.
- Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu (shi meaning finger and atsu meaning pressure) is a Japanese therapy that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as acupressures incorporates stretching. It also uses techniques such as rolling, brushing, vibrating, grasping and, in one particular technique developed by Suzuki Yamamoto, pressure is applied with the feet on the person's back, legs and feet.
- Thai Massage
Known in Thailansd as Nuat phaen boran, meaning "ancient or traditional massage." Traditional Thai massage (Nuad Boran) is generally based on combination of Indian and Chinese traditions of medicine. It is unique form of Buddhist physiotherapy that blends yoga, acupressure and reflexology.
- Traditional Hilot
A traditional healing technique from the Philippines that also includes massage techniques. The massage techniques relax stressed muscles. Hilot also includes joint manipulations to help relax stressed muscles. Hilot also uses banana leaves and herbs for enhanced efficacy.
- Stone Massage
A stone massage uses cold or water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can be also used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly Basalt stones (or lava rocks) which over time have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recepient's back, they help retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.
- Exfoliation or Body Scrub
Involves the removal of the odest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface, and has been used for many years to help maintain skin. Exfoliation is invlved in the process of all facials, during microdermabrasion or chemical peels at medical spas. Exfoliation can be achieved through mechanical or chemical means.
- Ear Candling
Also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general helath and well-being by lighting one end of a hollw candle and placing the other end in the ear canal.
- Deep Tissue
Designed to relieve severe tension in themuscle and the connective tissue or fascia, This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.
- Foot Reflexology
Or Zone therapy, is an alternatice medicine involving the physical act of applyinf pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thmb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
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