Swedish Massage (developed
in the 1700's by a Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling)
involves a variety of techniques designed to relax the
muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper
muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction
as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
Swedish massage involves the use of hands, forearms
or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the
muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active
or passive movement of the joints may also be part of
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the
oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the
muscles which reduces stress, both emotional and physical.
Swedish massage stimulates the skin and nervous system
and soothes the nerves.
Deep Tissue Massage is a technique
that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
It is used to release chronic muscle tension through
slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction
applied across the grain of the muscles not with the
grain. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients,
leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the
muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle
tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and
oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are
released, it's important to drink plenty of water after
a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins
from the body.
Hot Stones Varied from a classic
massage therapy, hot stone massage makes use of heated
smooth, flat stones in the massage therapy. The stones
which are used for the therapy are usually made of basalt.
The reason being its rich iron element which retains
heat for long.
The stones are heated in an electrical heating unit
that either provides a temperature reading or has an
adjustable thermostat control. The most important factor
in hot stone massage is the heat that the stone transmits
to the body, healing it and relieving you from pain.
The warmth of the stones also improves the circulation
and therefore calms the nervous system. The stones are
placed at points that are known to be the energy centers
of the body to balance your body and mind.
Chair or seated massage is a type of massage in which
the client sits in a specially designed chair while
the session is being performed. This chair allows us
to provide an effective and efficient session as it
allows the therapist to access areas of common tension.
The sessions are often much different from a typical
table massage that many people are more familiar with.
Sessions are performed fully clothed. No oil or lotion
is used. Your appearance is not disturbed.
Aromatherapy is one of the oldest
methods of holistic healing that rejuvenates the body,
mind and spirit with the use of fragrance or aroma.
This therapy uses liquid plant materials known as essential
oils, to instill a state of well-being. The healing
power of the essential oil is the essence of aromatherapy.
Aromas or scents have the power to transform our emotion,
heal our bodies and elevate our state of mind. Indeed,
aromas influence our emotions and behavior. The fragrances
inhaled through the fine hair lining the nose, enter
the section of the brain called the limbic system. The
limbic system controls our moods, emotions, memory and
learning. When the brain reacts to the positive power
of the aroma, it induces emotional well-being and brings
back pleasant memories which encourages relaxation and
The holistic healing of Aromatherapy restores and enhances
mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. It
is a therapy, which rejuvenates, nourishes and heals.
The therapy demonstrates the link between aroma and
immune system function that helps to cure many ailments
and boost health. Undoubtedly, this therapy is unique
and powerful in rendering holistic health through the
power of aroma.
Lynette E. Mahone