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Though based on principles from centuries-old traditional Chinese medicine, the massage we know as Shiatsu today was developed in Japan in the early 20th century. The term Shiatsu was coined by the doctor Tempaku, and translates to “finger pressure.”
Shiatsu massage is generally performed on a mat on the floor but can also be performed on a massage table according to the client’s preference. It can also be modified as a seated massage, with the client seated either on a chair or on the floor.
As indicated by the name, Shiatsu involves applying various types of pressure to the body. This includes pressure applied with the fists or an open hand to soften the muscles and pressure with the thumbs into specific pressure points, which affect corresponding muscles, nerves, blood and lymph vessels and endocrine glands. Shiatsu also includes friction, percussion and vibration techniques, rocking and shaking, and stretches and range of motion exercises controlled by the therapist.
Some benefits of Shiatsu include overall relaxation or alternatively, increased energy. Clients also report reduced joint stiffness, thus improved range of motion, and decreases in both stress and muscle tension and soreness. A major goal of shiatsu is to stimulate the body's natural healing ability.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than most other forms of massage therapy. It's also called Thai Yoga massage, because I use my hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like postures and stretches. Thai massage is like doing yoga without doing any of the work. In addition to stretching, the massage also includes rhythmic compressions on the muscles and some pressure point work. A single Thai massage session will help you release stress and relieve pain, and help you function more effectively at work and home.
Jin Shin Jyutsu
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a disarmingly simple system of acupressure. It involves pressing and holding a set of 26 "points" in sequence from head to feet. Jin Shin are the Chinese words for compassion and spirit respectively. I believe that a caring touch with the spirit of ultimate compassion behind it can be extremely therapeutic and healing, and that is my goal in practicing this particular modality.
Myofascial therapy is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial work, which is the style I specialize in, is sometimes known as deep tissue work.
Lymphatic massage techniques aim to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, lymphatic work can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.
The Ultimate Hand/Foot Massage
This is certainly the most spa-like experience that I offer, and it holds a special significance for me. In the holy scriptures of my faith, washing someone's feet is a sign of self-giving service and generous hospitality, which is what I hope to extend to you in every session. A 30-minute session includes your choice of hands or feet; a 60-minute session includes both hands and feet. First, I soak them in warm water, scented with an aromatic oil of your choice,or none at all, if you prefer. Next, it's time to exfoliate with a sugar scrub and then apply either lotion or oil according to your preference. Finally, a thorough massage relieves the tension and pain that accumulates in these all-important and highly used extremities of our body. Come on in, put up your feet, relax, and enjoy!