Swedish massage is the modality that comes to mind when people think of massage. The primary goal of the Swedish technique is to relax the entire body but Swedish goes beyond just relaxation. It's exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation, digestion, sleep, and flexibility while easing tension. Studies have shown a decrease in levels of the stress hormone Cortisol and increases in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu. Swedish can be slow and gentle or vigorous depending on the clients needs.
Deep tissue massage is another form of Swedish for those who like more pressure. Complementary techniques like trigger point therapy can be used to help relieve chronic pain. Deep tissue is great for breaking up scar tissue and fascial adhesions. Because the work is deep, starting with a 60 minute session and focusing on the main problem areas is recommended rather than the traditional full body Swedish massage.
"Temple Style" Lomi Lomi massage is an indigenous Hawaiian healing practice. It's one of the oldest and most powerful forms of healing based on a philosophy called Huna where it is believed that everything seeks harmony and love. The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow, following the idea that a belief or negative thought forms can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Traditionally, Lomi lomi has a spiritual component, it helps release the blockages of both body, mind and spirit. Each session is started with a Pule, or prayer chanted over the body in Hawaiian calling in ancestral spirit guides, asking for blessings and giving thanks. The strokes are long and wavelike requiring minimal draping so as to flow from the top of the body to the bottom and back around to the other side without stopping. Lomi lomi offers more than just body work; the "giver" works with the "receiver" to consiously release any issues that may be keeping the "receiver" from experiencing harmony using breath, intention & a bit of ceremony. What does that look like in everyday life? It's different for everyone but this is my story.... Before I trained as a Lomi lomi practitioner I received Lomi. It was so profound that I knew I had to learn this beautiful dance between giver, receiver and the Devine! The body work was amazing! I was a little uncomfortable with the minimal draping at first but my therapist was so kind and full of Aloha that I just let go and surrendered into a relaxed state of open receiving. What was even more tangible was the many internal shifts and revelations that I was not expecting. I cried for at least 30 minutes of my massage. Big, deep, cleansing sobs. Don't let that scare you though; it was a purge of that "stuff" we all carry coming to the surface to be released. The effects of the Lomi lomi stayed with me for weeks after and seemed to blossom and unfold in many ares of my life where I was struggling. Each session seemed to pull back another layer until there was harmony in body and mind. This is perhaps my favorite massage to give as it transforms both giver and receiver into an ecstatic state of what the Hawaiians call "Thundering grace".
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a form of massage that uses gentle rhythmic pumping movements to stimulate the flow of lymph around blocked areas to healthy vessels, where it can drain into the venous system. This helps relieve pain & prevents fibrosis as well as inflammation. MLD has many uses from relieving pregnancy fluid retention to reducing pre & post op recovery time & swelling as well as cosmetic uses & immune enhancement. Studies are being done on the effects of MLD as a preventative measure against Alzheimer's & glaucoma. MLD is a remarkable modality that effects positive change for many pathologies.
The Rotisserie is a 4 sided massage that is designed specifically for people with low back pain and Sciatica who might have a hard time laying in one position for too long. Focus is on low back, glutes & hips while going over everything multiple times from multiple angles.
Holy Fire Reiki is a laying on of hands that works with the body's natural life force or Qi, to remove energy blockages and promote feelings of wellbeing.
Vibrational Sound Therapy brings the body back into harmony with the use of specialized tuning forks. Three main techniques are used, Auric combing and collumning, weighted forks on chakras, and audio resonance.