Massage therapy has many forms. It can be a special session of pampering at a spa, a fast-paced energizing athletic massage or a specific intensive medical treatment to relieve chronic tension and pain. The power of intentional touch has a profound impact on people’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The benefits that result from massage therapy depend upon the individual’s needs and desires. Patients commonly seek and receive stress-relief, reduced muscle tension, restful deeper sleep, tranquility of mind, improved posture and balance, a sense of peace and connectedness, increased motion of joints, decreased pain, and better circulation of blood, lymph and qi (the body’s subtle energy).
Tuina, or Chinese Medical Massage is an ancient and effective form of bodywork. This method of treatment includes vigorous movements and stretching as well as gentle, relaxing movements.
Shiatsu massage is a Japanese style of meridian or channel massage. It uses finger pressure and rhythmic movements to balance the body.
Jin Shin Do is a type of acupressure in which the practitioner holds acupoints throughout the body creating gentle, relaxing and potent treatment.
All of these methods are done fully-clothed and do not involve the use of oils or lotions.