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Deep Tissue:
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and connective tissue or fascia. This style of massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. And, although within this style of therapy strong applications of pressure are consistent, Deep Tissue massages can be curative, restorative and can be extremely relaxing. Its application combines kneading and gliding strokes that help improve circulation, soothe nerves, and relieve muscle tension. Pressure will vary depending on client’s need.

Hawaiian Lomilomi:
Lomilomi’s long, integral strokes greatly soothe muscle tissue, which in turn increases circulation and produces a newer level of energy. Many traditionally taught lomilomi practitioners find it virtually impossible to offer authentic lomilomi in a spa setting. The preference is to treat selected clients quietly and privately, often in home settings. Practical protocol is to ask clients to meditate, observe diets, and engage in self-help activities usually outside the scope of massage in an effort to truly obtain optimal health.

Thai Yoga Massage:
This style of bodywork integrates basic yoga positions within this combined element of therapy.The receiver may be positioned in a variety of positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage. The body will be energized and rejuvenated after the massage. Legs and feet of the therapist can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the knee does the massaging action. A full Thai yoga massage will include rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and arching the recipient into bhujangasana (or cobra position). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the practitioner will adjust to fit each individual client.

Reflexology:
Reflexology is an alternative form of medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, 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 reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. When stimulating specific reflex points on both your feet and hands, organs and body as a whole receive a thorough tonification: entering immediatelly a state of Zen and feeling rejuvenated.

Watsu – aquaternatives:
A best ever floating experience. Indirect pressure and fluid stretches will transport your relaxed body into a new level of attained energy and relaxation.

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