Massage Modalities offered by Maria
Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage
This modality typically uses different parts of the therapist’s feet to offer large compression, tension and shear forces. It is ideal for large muscles, such as in thigh, or for long-duration upper trapezius compressions It is deep tissue work using Swedish techniques.
Cupping massage involves placing cups containing reduced air pressure (suction) on the skin. The therapy is used to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood and lymph. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions. Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly, but more aggressive treatments can result in deeper bruising. In general, the longer a cup is left on, the more of a circular mark is created.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in individuals with poor circulation.
Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage is performed on a floor Thai mat. It combines both Northern and Southern Style Thai Massage techniques that include moving energy in ones body using the body’s sen lines and assisted yoga stretching & traction with the therapist’s hands, feet, knees, etc. A variety of techniques are used to massage the muscles as well as perform trigger point therapy, including thumb & elbow rolls, palming, percussion strokes and compression holds.
Trigger Point Therapy
This involves deactivating trigger points (hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fiber) that may cause local pain or refer pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body. Manual pressure is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain.
Warm Bamboo Massage
A warm bamboo massage is a massage that uses smooth, flat, and heated bamboo sticks on the body. The heat of the bamboo sticks causes muscles and nerves to relax, thus allowing the therapist to apply deeper, more precise pressure if desired or necessary.
Maria now offers several different modalities of massage therapy, including:
- Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage
- Cupping Massage
- Deep Tissue
- Swedish Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Warm Bamboo Massage