Chinese massage dates back over 4,000 years and falls under an umbrella of massage therapies practiced in traditional Chinese medicine.
Chinese massage is based on the concept of meridians and the flow of energy in the human body. It shares commonalities with both acupuncture and qigong (therapeutic exercise) and is a form of deep tissue therapy. Unlike Western versions of massage, pampering and relaxation are not the intended goals of the treatment. Holistic in its practice and philosophy, Chinese massage addresses the entire being and not just the physical body.
Benefits of a Chinese massage include:
Regulates the nervous system
Relieves chronic pain
Helps heal illnesses affecting the internal organs
Strengthens the body’s resistance to disease
Eases emotional distress
Provides preventive care
Thai massage began to evolve in Thailand over 1,000 years ago. Based on healing principles similar to those of other Eastern healing arts, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen.
It is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.
Energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony.
A full Thai massage session includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and moving the recipient's body into many different positions.
Reflexology is based on a theory that the foot is like a map of the body and that manipulation the foot can improve a person's health through their 'qi'. It is also used as a technique for de-stressing and relaxation.
Reflexology helps to create a healthy harmonious state within the body and triggers the body’s natural powers of self healing.
Reflexology traces its roots back to ancient civilizations such as in Eqypt and China.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage therapy relaxes the muscles through the direct application of heat and can be combined with a full body massage. The hot stones promote circulation by expanding blood vessels, reducing chronic stress and promoting deep relaxation. In can assist in reducing muscle-related pain and spasms and can be beneficial to the joints.
The therapist uses the smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body.