Massage Techniques

At the Spiral of Light, many techniques of massage are used including Zen Shiatsu, Accupressure, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Deep Tissue,  Miofascial Release and Reflexology.


This is a dry form of massage where the client is fully clothed.  It is a combination of Chinese Accupressure and Japanese massage.  Shiatsu focuses on the pressure points on the meridians to correct metabolic imbalances as well as correction and maintenance of joints, tendons and muscles.  The client can either be worked very deeply or in a very relaxing way depending upon your needs. 
Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish Massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating.The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Some other benefits include shortening recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
This is very light technique where the therapist tunes into the rhythm, depth and quality of the lymphatic system to increase flow and give the system a gentle lift to make it work in a more efficient manner.  The main role of the lymphatic system is to remove toxins from the body and into the blood stream.  This is a very, very gentle technique but a very powerful one.
This is a technique where deep pressure is applied to the muscles to relieve chronic pain.  The therapist works in this way if there is a specific problem in the body that needs to be corrected.  This technique is not for the fainted hearted but people choosing this technique either like really deep massage or have joints are not working properly and a solid deep workout is what the body needs to relieve the pain and stabilise the body.
This technique differs depending upon when competition is about to happen.  Either using conditioning techniques where the body is warmed up and deeper pressure is applied.  Percussion techniques are used to condition tissue and to stimulate the nerves.  Warming up techniques are used if you are going to compete that day by using long broad strokes to allow the muscles to be stretched more easily.  Long broad techniques are used for post activity to remove the lactic acid form the body.
This technique is used for fresh injuries and work is applied around to site of the injury to allow the muscles to let go around the site.  It can also be  used to relieve chronic tension that have resulted in imbalanced posture, excessive build up of muscle tissue or fibrosis and immobility of joints.  The therapist can use Myofascial, Deep Tissue, Accupressure and stretching techniques as a combination to help the mobility of the body.
A gentle blend of stretching and massage, Myofascial Release Therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing, release and pain relief. The therapy is based on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment and cause its intricate web of fascia to become tight and constricted.The skillful use of the hands in Myofascial Release Therapy is said to release disruptions in this fascial network that links every organ and tissue in the body with every other part. Pressure on the bones, muscles, joints and nerves is relieved in the process, and balance is restored. The release of tension once the body has responded to the therapy allows more functional flexibility and mobility of the muscles, fascia and associated structures. Release may also facilitate the emergence of negative or repetitive emotional patterns, which have interfered with the healing process. Myofascial Release Therapy may be helpful for many physical problems, including:
Back strain and general chronic or acute back pain
Lumbar and thoracic pain
Chronic cervical pain
Dizziness, vertigo
Carpel tunnel syndrome
Myofascial pain dysfunction
Plantar fasciitis
Post-polio symptoms
TMJ dysfunction
Chronic pain syndromes
Reflexology is based on the principle that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. These parts, known as reflex points can also be found on the hands and other body parts, however, the most commonly treated area is the feet. Reflexology has many beneficial and lasting effects. Some treatments are gentle in nature, aiming to restore systems for better function while others are more specific, addressing the client's particular conditions. It is a healing process that can be safely used when it is not convenient to treat other body parts. As a non-intrusive technique, it heals indirectly. Reflexology can be a relaxing therapy that works on many levels, soothing, calming, balancing and boosting the entire body. The client's case history leads to the treatment protocol so that the technique is tailored to the needs of the client. A Reflexologist can facilitate relief for:
Sinus pain
Menopausal symptoms
Pre-menstrual syndrome and other menstrual irregularities
Back pain
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
General benefits of Reflexology include:
Reduced stress and tension
Improved circulation
Reduced toxicity
Improved immunity
Increased body awareness

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