Some of the various types of massage I use are listed below:
Ashiatsu is one of the deepest most luxurious, most therapeutic massage techniques available.
Ashiatsu is “ Oriental Bar Therapy™ (AOBT)” or is often referred to as “ Asian barefoot massage”. “Ashi” means “foot,” and”atsu” means “pressure.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy™ AOBT is a western modality based upon ancient forms of Asian therapeutic treatments. AOBT is distinctly unique in comparison to Shiatsu or traditional Ashiatsu. AOBT is NOT performed on a futon or floor mat with the head turned to the side, but on a massage table with a face cradle just as traditional Swedish massage. With AOBT, the feet are used in line with standard Western massage fundamentals and anatomy.
As a certified AOBT therapist I utilize parallel bars overhead for balance and leverage, I use my body weight to apply pressure directly through my bare feet. Smooth, flowing, gliding, technique on lubricated skin provides an intensely deep, and amazingly relaxing therapeutic massage experience.
Clients can receive anything from moderate pressure to very deep work without the pain and discomfort that often accompanies the use of a therapist’s thumbs or elbows. AOBT works deeper and more therapeutically because the pressure surface area of the foot is greater, eliminating the “day after soreness” of deep tissue work.
This modality has been shown to be effective for both those who wish to receive extra deep therapeutic work and can easily be modified in pressure to provide a unique Swedish relaxation massage session as well as it is safe and effective on almost all areas where “hands on” techniques are used.
Swedish Massage uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, generally in the direction of blood flow toward the heart, and sometimes combined with active and passive movements of the joints. It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension. Swedish massage is the most commonly used form of massage.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using slow strokes, direct pressure, or friction directed across the grain of the muscles. It is applied with greater pressure and to deeper layers of muscle than Swedish, which is why it is called deep tissue and is effective for chronic muscular tension.
Sports Massage uses techniques that are similar to Swedish and deep tissue, but are specially adapted to deal with the effects of athletic performance on the body and the needs of athletes regarding training, performing, and recovery from injury.
Neuromuscular Massage is a form of deep massage that is applied to individual muscles. It is used primarily to release trigger points (intense knots of muscle tension that refer pain to other parts of the body), and also to increase blood flow. It is often used to reduce pain. Trigger point massage and myotherapy are similar forms.
Acupressure applies finger or thumb pressure to specific points located on the acupuncture meridians (channels of energy flow identified in Asian concepts of anatomy) in order to release blocked energy along these meridians that causes physical discomforts, and re-balance the energy flow. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure.
To receive the most benefit from a massage, generally the person being massaged should give the therapist accurate health information, report discomfort of any kind (whether it is from the massage itself or due to the room temperature or any other distractions), and be as receptive and open to the process as possible.