Contrary to the popular Swedish Massage of the West, which focuses on the physical aspect of the body with kneading muscles, Thai massage addresses and combines techniques usually found isolated in the western physiotherapies including Trigger Point Treatments, Myofascial Techniques, Neuro Muscular therapy, and Manual Therapy among others.
Lomi Lomi Massage
Traditionally in ancient Hawaii lomilomi was practiced as a healing practice of native healers, a luxury and aid to digestion, a restorative massage and for masters of Hawaiian martial arts. Lomi Lomi means “massage therapist” or “Hawaiian Massage”. Today, practitioners use their palms, fingers, knucles and elbows to massage in a Swedish technique while incorporating some of the ancient healing traditions of Old Hawaii.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
LDT consists of specific movements that are used to lightly push lymph through the system, helping it to drain out of the tissues and move throughout the body. This treatment is commonly used to help with lymphedema, which can be caused by heart problems, wearing tight-fitting clothing, and injuries like sprains and fractures. It also sometimes a side effect of chemotherapy and surgeries done to remove breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. During an LDT session, a massage therapist gently presses and moves his or her hands along the body in specified directions removing toxins from the body.
Sports Massage Therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. The focus is on parts of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic—relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change in the body.