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Massage, Plus Reiki

Massage, Plus Reiki… What’s it All About, Alphie?

Have you ever pondered about the healthy aspects of receiving a massage, plus Reiki or do you hold a belief that getting a massage of any kind is a luxury that only the rich and famous indulge in? It’s true, having a massage can feel like an indulgent luxury but it’s so much more than that. 

There are a variety of massage techniques or styles of delivery and a variety of benefits derived from a massage that will help foster your well-being. More about the different types of massage in a moment, but first a slight, yet significant, detour.

Stop! Is Your Massage Therapist Also a Reiki Practitioner?

Are you aware of the increased healing benefits you gain when your massage therapist is also trained as a Reiki practitioner?  No?!  Keep reading to discover why you want a dual-trained Massage-Reiki bodyworker for your next massage. Massage, plus Reiki is something everyone needs to experience!

Reiki (Ray-key) is a Japanese form of laying-on of hands energy healing. It’s soothing, relaxing, gentle and the perfect accompaniment to any form of bodywork, including massage.  The Reiki energy flows from a trained practitioner’s hands the moment they touch someone, it’s automatic and its healing to one’s body, mind and spirit.  That means when you receive a massage from a Reiki practitioner you reap the benefits of two healing modalities for the price of one! It unfolds automatically during a massage, plus Reiki session.

Reiki Energy Healing

Bodywork & Massage Services I Provide for My Clients

‘Now, lets go over the common forms of massage therapy and bodywork treatments I include within my practice.  Swedish massage, Hot Stone massage, Deep Tissue massage, Prenatal/Postnatal massage, Reiki (as a stand-alone session and it’s automatically included with every massage) and Cupping Therapy.

Here’s a brief description of each of the above referenced services:

Swedish massage is the most commonly-known form of massage, famous for inducing a sense of relaxation, peace-of-mind and inner calm.  The massage itself is conducted by using oil on the client’s bare skin and incorporating long sweeping, circular-motions and/or rhythmical massage strokes. A Swedish massage, plus Reiki takes your relaxation to a whole new level.

Hot Stone massage is a massage that incorporates the use of heated stones.  Essentially the hot stones become an enhancement to your therapist’s healing touch.  They are used to dissolve and melt-away muscle tension and to facilitate the release of trapped energy held deep within your muscles.  Hot Stone massages are particularly popular during the winter months when people frequently experience being chilled-to-the-bone. 

Deep Tissue massage introduces the application of firm pressure into your massage. This increased pressure works deeply into muscle tissue to facilitate the release of nagging, relentless muscle tension. It also stimulates blood circulation within the muscles and promotes increased flexibility and ease of mobility. A deep tissue massage, plus Reiki adds the healing properties of energy healing to your session.

Prenatal/Postnatal massage is therapeutic bodywork specifically designed to focus on a woman’s body during (prenatal) and after (postnatal) pregnancy.  When a woman becomes pregnant her body goes through many changes, relatively quickly, that impact the function of her joints, muscles, circulation, as well as cause mental and physical fatigue.  Prenatal and Postnatal massage provides noninvasive massage techniques designed to ease the discomfort associated with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery and helps the mother-to-be prepare for labor both physically and emotionally. Your prenatal/postnatal massage, plus Reiki enhances the healing properties to your session. It also helps the new mother’s body return to pre-pregnancy form and firmness.

Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing modality that is used as a complementary healing treatment throughout the world.  It is offered in hospitals, surgery centers, cancer centers, physical therapy centers etc., in addition to spas. It is gentle, subtle, relaxing, healing and pampering to your body, mind and spirit.

Cupping Therapy is an ancient Oriental healing treatment that uses suction to stimulate blood-flow in muscle tissue, which facilitates healing.  The cupping treatment provides the following healing benefits: Release of toxins, activates the lymphatic system, helps to reduce muscle soreness and pain and it also promotes increased oxygen-flow in one’s muscular tissues and fascia.  I include cupping therapy, upon request, into massage sessions at no extra cost to my clients.

Cupping Therapy

It’s no secret that receiving a massage is incredibly relaxing. It often puts people to sleep and induces a natural, euphoric high that makes you feel great and life in general is made to seem less hectic and stressful. Massage, plus Reiki adds all the additional benefits of energy healing to your massage with no additional expense.

How Bodywork & Massage Therapies… Work

You may be wondering… how, exactly, do these different therapies work? To me, the Traditional Chinese/Oriental Medicine perspective offers the most complete explanation.  Physicians who practice Oriental medicine believe that the skin and muscle stimulation that occurs during a massage and other bodywork therapies helps to rid the body of stagnation within a person’s energy field, or Chi (the Japanese call it “Ki,” Hawaiians call it “Mana” and in Sanskrit it’s called “Prana”).  They believe that blocked, locked and stocked-up energy is the primary cause of all dis-ease, be it mental, emotional, physical or spiritual. 

Any healing modality (massage, Reiki, cupping therapy, for example) that releases blockages and restores the natural flow of the body’s energy, facilitates and brings about healing on every level of existence.  As my Reiki Master, Denise Crundall, used to say, doing so “…allows your body to heal itself.”

There have been many scientific studies conducted in order to evaluate the healing benefits of massage. These are the symptoms most commonly cited as being reduced by massage and coincidentally, Reiki reduces them, too:

  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress

Before you decide to get a massage there are a few health issues you need to consider, to take under advisement and/or discuss with your doctor… First.  If you have (or suspect you may have) cancer, blood disorders, open wounds, bone fractures, severe osteoporosis deep vein thrombosis or other serious health conditions must be fully evaluated between you and your doctor and then communicated to your massage therapist.  Be advised, under certain conditions your massage therapist may require written permission from your physician before they will book a session with you.

When it comes to massage, plus Reiki… the bottom line is it’s much more than a luxurious pamper session.  Massage, plus Reiki has the potential to garner far-reaching, positive effects to your overall well-being and general health status. Massage, by a dual trained Massage-Reiki practitioner, needs to be a tool in everyone’s self-care arsenal.

Those of us that work in the bodywork/massage industry often say that the world would be a much happier, healthier place if everyone could partake in a massage session once or twice a month.  When you’re ready to feel better and to have a happier personal worldview I’ve got a open massage table waiting just for you! Book your massage, plus Reiki with me, TODAY!

Top Five Types of Massage

Discover the Differences Between the Most Requested Types of Massage –

Man receiving a massage and massage therapist is using her elbow to work on tight muscles.
Are you a massage therapy newbie who is ready to make your first massage appointment, yet you’re a little confused about what types of massage are available and which one to get?  Don’t feel alone, this is a common dilemma for most folks who have never had a massage.  The good news is, it’s not difficult to pick the type of massage that will best suit your needs if you know where to start.  But before we dive into explaining the differences between the top five, most requested massage techniques, let’s cover some general massage info.

Massage therapies have been around for centuries and over the years have evolved into a wide range of varying types of massage techniques.  The different techniques are designed to produce specific results for the massage recipient.  Some people seek massage to produce varying degrees of stress relief, pampering and/or me-time.  Athletes are often looking to massage as a means of getting relief from muscular pain and/or to aid in injury recovery.  And some patients incorporate massage into their treatment plan to address cancer, arthritis, muscular dystrophy and many other illnesses.

No matter what one’s reasons are for wanting to get a massage, you are going to have to define what you want to achieve, in the form of benefits to your body, mind and spirit, before selecting the type of massage to get.  The following descriptions of the most popular massage techniques will help you decide which one will benefit you the most.  We have listed them in reverse order.

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

The fifth most popular of the types of massage is called Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. It’s also known as “Neuromuscular therapy” or “NMT” (as it’s known in Europe), and sometimes it’s called neuromuscular massage. 

This form of massage is known for its ability to treat and prevent soft tissue injuries coupled with chronic pain. Neuromuscular massage therapy is often offered by chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths, physical therapists, etc.  It’s important to note that in most cases this form of massage isn’t offered in day spas.  You’re more likely to find it in a medical setting due to local regulations that often require a specialized license for providing this service.

The most significant distinction of this form of massage has to do with how the therapist incorporates static (little to no movement) techniques by strategically applying pressure on the client’s body.  Some of the techniques used consist of targeted compression, friction and stretching of muscles, tendons and muscular attachments.  In other words, the massage therapist places their fingers, heel of the hand or elbow in a strategic position on the client’s body, known as ‘trigger points.’  The applied pressure is used to stimulate the skeletal muscles and to balance the central nervous system.

Sports Massage

The popularity of Sports Massage has grown substantially of late.  Today, some massage therapists limit their entire practice to this type of massage.  Of all the types of massage at our spa, sports massage is one that is growing in popularity. Given its name, it’s no surprise that sports massage is comprised of massage techniques that address the specific needs of athletes.  Sports massage offers relief from sports related activities and injuries regardless of the athlete’s age or level of expertise.  The unique aspect of sports massage comes from the tailor-made techniques the therapist uses to address each athlete’s specific health needs. They are designed to heal what’s wrong and get the athlete back-in their specialized sport as soon as possible.  These types of massage therapists are in high demand!

Sports massage is often viewed as a massage ‘specialty’ given its clientele.   It’s not uncommon today for professional athletes to demand the services of a massage therapist, often of their own choosing, as part of their professional contracts.  As a matter of fact, some massage therapists specialize in one specialized sports field, such as football, baseball, hockey or golf, for example.  These specialized massage therapists are highly sought-after by die-hard athletes of all kinds.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage has grown very popular among massage enthusiasts and for good reason.  It’s considered to be the most luxurious and relaxing type of massage available on the market.  Most massages are conducted via your massage therapist’s hands, forearms and sometimes their elbow.  Hot stones are many of my client’s most preferred types of massage, especially during the cold of winter.

Woman receiving a popular types of massage, hot stone.

During a hot stone massage, heated basalt massage stones are used as a tool during your treatment.  The stones are typically heated in a warmer that looks similar to a crock-pot.  Once the stones are heated to a comfortably warm temperature, the massage therapist uses them to massage you, utilizing long, gliding strokes. The heated stones help to loosen tight muscles.  The warmth of the rocks and the accompanying massage strokes strip away stress and tension leaving the client in a state of blissful contentment.

Deep Tissue Massage

The title of the second most requested types of massage goes to… Deep Tissue Massage.  This form of massage is readily available no matter where you live.  Deep tissue massage is taught in every massage training course (just like Swedish Massage) so you’d be hard-pressed to find a certified massage therapist who doesn’t know how to do this kind of massage.

This form of massage is chosen by clients who are seeking relief from chronic tension from deep within their muscles and connective tissues.  Conditions that create chronic pain and moderate-to-severe loss of range of motion, ( in one’s joints), are what garner a high popularity rating for deep tissue massage.  Fun Fact – Typically, men request this form of massage more often than women.

Deep tissue massage sometimes gets a bad rap because some massage therapy practitioners tend to apply so much pressure during the massage that their client becomes uncomfortable and/or experiences varying levels of pain. Some people believe that if it doesn’t hurt, it’s not working and nothing could be further from the truth. It doesn’t have to be painful for a massage to be effective!

Always inform your massage therapist of any issues you have about the amount of pressure being used or any other aspect of your massage that you’re uncomfortable with.  It’s noteworthy to mention that the benefits of deep tissue massage can be achieved with more moderate pressure levels.  Clients are capable of achieving great results from a lighter level of pressure.

If you don’t like a technique your therapist is using or how they are doing it, tell them.  Conversely, also let them know what you find comforting and helpful.  Remember, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open between you and your massage therapist.

Swedish Massage:

Swedish massage,  of all the types of massage available to spa clients, is the most requested type of massage. It’s the form of massage that people from all over the globe have heard the most about. Swedish Massage is often thought of and referred to as ‘spa massage.’ This may be due, in part, to Swedish massage being referenced so often in movies and TV shows. Many people have heard about Swedish massage but they typically cannot explain what it is, exactly. The truth is, it’s much more than what people believe it to be.

The primary objectives of Swedish massage are to induce relaxation, relieve stress and to improve range of motion.  During this type of massage the masseuse uses varying combinations of the following strokes; long-gliding, kneading, friction and percussion. In addition to these stroke patterns your therapist will incorporate joint manipulation and movements to free-up stiff joints and tight muscles.

All forms of massage are therapeutic in nature and this is certainly true for Swedish massage.  It’s also the form of massage best known for achieving deep relaxation and “feel good” results.  Spa professionals believe the ‘feel good’ aspects of Swedish massage are the primary reason this form of massage holds the top spot.

 

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There are many more massage therapies available on the market today, offering a wide variety of healthy benefits, that are worthy of checking-out and experiencing. If you’re new to the wonders of massage, you don’t need to fret if you don’t know what kind of massage to get. Ask your massage therapist to help you select the perfect massage for your particular needs. They are trained professionals and will help you make a well-informed decision.

Every single one of the Types of Massage described in this article can help you reap the health benefits of massage, so book yourself a massage… today!