Benefits of Thai Massage:
An ancient technique from Thailand that combines static pressure and deep stretches with an energetic focus for an especially rigorous massage. Thai is designed to eliminate tension throughout the body. Often referred to as yoga massage, this floor based massage can be both relaxing and energizing with assisted stretches similar to yoga poses.
The practitioner will use palms, fingers, thumbs, fists, forearms, elbows, knees, and feet to apply pressure to tense muscles. Assisted stretches preformed alone or in conjunction with pressure help to remove lactic acid build-up and increase range of motion.
Gentle to medium pressure is used with a focus on the energetic and lymphatic systems of the body.
This massage can be wonderful for heart patients, cancer patients (You must have approval of your primary health care provider before receiving massage during cancer treatment, as findings are still preliminary), lymph-edema patients, and anyone else with swelling problems.
Hot Stone Massage-
Wonderful to feel, this massage often gives the highest level of relaxation while also giving the highest level of relief from chronic or severe muscle tension. The result is a whole, new, more rejuvenated you.
Cold Stone Massage-
Cold Stone Massage functions similarly to hot stone massage in that there are 3 levels based upon the number of stones used, and how the stones are used. However, generally speaking, the stones are polished marble or semi-prescious gems, and are kept cold by storing them in a refriderator or freezer.
For those who have issues with sinus congestion or migraines, extra attention is given to the face and head, and aromatherapy is combined with the stone massage.
Himalayan Salt Stone Massage-
Another form of stone massage, but this one functions much differently. Each stone is made of Himalayan Salt, hard but brittle. Thus, each stone provides a gentle exfoliant as it is used to polish skin to a beautiful glow. Stones are a variety of shapes and sizes, and some have a more coarse consistancy than others, so generally speaking, the layouts of other stone massages would not work as well with the Himalayan Salt Stones. However, a trade off is that because of the high amount of salt, the stones do encourage your body's natural ability to fight off pathogens, and the salts can also aid in helping your body to detox as well. Salt stones are generally used room temperature or warmer.
Have you heard of cupping through the grapevine of tabloids when actors and actresses like Kelly Osbourne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, and David Arquette, have been noted for their dark cupping marks?
Well Cupping Massage is a technique from Traditional Chinese Medicine for relieving muscular tension, most commonly along the back and shoulders, but esentially anywhere major chronic tension is causing problems to some degree. Cupping has shown great success treating whiplash, headaches, fibromyalgia and respiratory constriction. Cupping can be done as a stand alone technique, but it's effectiveness is maximized when combined with massage.
Negative pressure draws tissue into the cup, gently stretching the area. This method greatly increases blood flow and reduces lymphatic congestion. Mild to moderate bruising is typical with cupping as this indicates the degree of circulatory stagnation. Cupping marks are generally not painful and fade quickly. As the treatment is repeated and the health of the tissue improves bruising eventually becomes non-existent. It is fantastic therapy for sports and performing arts injuries.
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This last image shows the broad range of discoloration that cupping can "cause". In reality the differences are truely caused by the amount and type of toxins in the tissues, and by any energetic deficiencies or stagnation.
Gua Sha, literally "Scrape Sand" in Chinese, is a healing technique used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation. The area to be Gua Sha-ed is lubricated with oil. The skin is then rubbed with a round-edged instrument in downward strokes. Commonly/historically a ceramic Chinese soup spoon was used, or a well worn coin, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, jade, or a simple metal cap with a rounded edge. One area is stroked until the petechiae (reddness or splotches) that surface are completely raised, these petechiae or 'sha' generally fade in 2 to 3 days. If there is no Blood stasis the petechiae will not form and the skin will only turn pink.
Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.
Gua Sha is used whenever a patient has pain, whether associated with an acute or chronic disorder. There may be aching, tenderness and/or a knotty feeling in the muscles. In addition to resolving musculo-skeletal pain, Gua Sha is used to aid as well as prevent common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain, congestion of Qi and Blood.
The pictures at the right demonstrate the salt scrub (top) and cocoa mud (bottom) on a person's face. However, scrubs are also commonly used for hands and feet. The more area covered by srub, the more costly and time consuming the treatment can be, but the end result is luxurious soft skin that will love you.
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Cupping & Gua Sha
Reiki & Energy Work
This page covers modalities at Atira Bodywork that you will not find just anywhere. These modalities range from spa treatments to Traditional Chinese Medicine based Bodywork. You may have heard of some of them, but have you ever tried any of them? Do you know anyone that has? Descriptions are provided so that you may better understand the differences between them, to make a more informed decision.
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