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Most Popular Massage Styles & Techniques

An ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force energy (chi) to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure may use the same points, but instead of needles acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure.
  Corporate Massage
Massage therapy moves into the business world.  Corporate massage is performed at your place of work.  This usually involves a therapist arriving with a table or seat designed specifically for massage therapy.  Oils and creams are not usually used to protect the clients clothes.  Instead specialised techniques are performed through the clothes to release tension and remove restrictions.  Appointments vary between 15 and 60 minutes and usually cater to a group rather than a single appointment.
  Chinese Massage
One of the original styles of bodywork.  It comprises many therapeutic techniques including pressing, rubbing, stroking, pinching and striking.  It is believed to effective for adjusting the function of the nervous system, strengthening the physical resistance against disease and promoting the blood circulation and relaxing the muscles and joints.  Similar to acupuncture points along meridians are stimulated to achieve energy balance throughout the human system.
Day Spas & Retreats
Massage Styles vary greatly between Day Spas but are usually some type of Relaxation Massage.  A Day Spa is meant to offer a water treatment with the massage such as a spa or vichi shower.  There are even some Day Spas offering massage while under the vichi shower.  Day Spas offer a range of treatments sometimes including beauty therapy combined to make a "Package. 

Deep Muscle Therapy
A name given to this style by Chris Lewin of Qld.  It is a deep tissue therapy using forearms, elbows and fists running at various angles to the muscle fibres.  Manual manipulation of muscle, connective tissue and ligaments to remove restrictions and adhesions.  Uses a unique phalange movement which is similar to how you iron your clothes.

Facial Massage
A very relaxing massage to sooth the facial muscles that cause tension and lines.  Using a combination of oils, creams and hot compresses the client is put into a deeply relaxed state while the skin and muscles of the face are replenished, relaxed and restored.  More flowing and relaxing than conventional beauty therapy facials.
Mobile Massage
Have table, will travel.  Mobile massage therapists come to your location.  They bring a portable table, towels, oils and creams, then set up in a location suitable for you.  There is no one style used in mobile massage.  It can range from relaxation to sports or remedial.  Not everyone is comfortable to or able to visit a clinic so this is a wonderful way for them to receive a treatment.
Myofascial Release
Myofascial release therapy works on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, illness, and emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment and cause the intricate web of fascia to become taut and constricted.  Gentle stretching techniques are applied to areas of the body and held for 3 to 5 minute.  As barriers are broken though a new are is explored and released.
Remedial Massage
Remedial means to remedy; to cure.  Remedial Massage describes the use of specific massage techniques and a wide range of assessments to effect a cure in a patient.  Remedial massage therapists should have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology, physical examination, and specific remedial massage techniques.  By thorough examination the Remedial massage therapist assesses the dysfunction or complaint, makes a treatment plan, then uses effective massage techniques to remedy the complaint. 
Remedial massage is aimed at the complaint; it is not a full body therapeutic system.  Conditions that can be treated with remedial massage include tennis elbow, repetitive strain injuries, stress induced headaches, back or neck pain, sporting injuries and more.
Japanese finger pressure.  Uses acupressure points along the body in lines.  Differs greatly to Chinese acupressure as it does not do points at some distances from each other, but instead follows a pattern of points along a muscle group.  There are quite a few styles of Shiatsu - some using the meridian system, some not.  Namikoshi and Zen being two popular forms.  In general Shiatsu works on improving Ki (energy) around the body via channels.  Some use Hara diagnosis - a system checking the patients wellness through examination of the abdominal region.  Pressure is then applied to tsubo points (a pressure point where Ki can gather) to influence the subtle movement of the energies.
Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is a western form of massage using kneading and gliding strokes with lubricant (usually oil) to increase blood and lymph flow.  French terms are used to denote techniques.  "Petrissage" is used to warm up the muscles with a kneading action, "Effleurage" a gliding technique for warming up or flushing the the area, "Tapotement" (also called percussion) a striking action for separating adhesions and cross-linkages, and "Friction" rubbing for specific tissue release usually using the thumbs.  The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. The massage aims at directing strokes towards the heart and increases circulation without increasing heart load.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes.   It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
Sustained Myofascial Tension
Borrowing from Rolfing, Connective Tissue Massage and similar techniques this system uses a shear force applied deeply to the muscle then slowly pushing along the length of the muscle.  A blocking force is used to stabilized one end of the tissue while the muscle is ironed out away from the stabilized end.  Very popular in sports massage.


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