Traditional Thai Massage is done on the floor, and is focused on stretching. It has been referred to as assisted yoga, because it is like doing yoga, but with the help of the therapist. Because those receiving the massage are fully clothed, there is no oil, hot stones, or hot towels used in this style. It is beneficial for those who need help with stretching to maximize their range of motion. This was how massage was done prior to the invention of massage tables.
Thai massage is done on a massage table. The Norwell Thai Spa therapists employ a combination of deep tissue, Swedish, and Thai style. The Thai portion of the massage includes the therapist walking on the back and legs when the person lays face down, and a series of stretches to help with range of motion, and flexibility. Therapists may also use their knees and elbows to loosen knotted muscles. In Thailand, massage therapists are respected the way doctors are in the U.S. Many conditions and injuries that are treated with surgery in Europe and the U.S. can be corrected with Thai style massage.
In hot stone therapy specially selected heated stones are used to massage the body, providing a nurturing and enhanced therapeutic effect. The smooth basalt stones have a high iron content,enabling them to retain heat.The stones are applied at varying degrees of heat, wet, onto an oiled body and the effect is similar to a combination of sauna and massage, without having to breathe in steam. Complimentary with every massage.
In Swedish massage the goal is to relax the entire body and this is accomplished by using the hands and palms, with firm kneading and long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. This technique increases circulation and releases tension. Oil and/ or lotion is used to reduce friction and stimulate the skin, which improves overall body health.
Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structure of the muscles and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movement and techniques as Swedish massage but the pressure will generally be more intense.
The sports massage applies a range of techniques which help to restore function to muscles and joints before, during and following sports participation. This is also known as sports therapy or therapeutic massage. We help many current and former professional, college, and high school athletes to recover from injuries, and to try to prevent injuries by promoting flexibility and range of motion.
Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. and also at the same time in Egypt. It is believed that reflexology can benefit health in the following ways: Improved blood circulation:
Due to a sedentary lifestyle, some don’t use the feet muscles properly and wear tight footwear. This hampers the circulation of blood in the feet. Frequent foot massage helps in transporting oxygen to the body’s cells, which is essential for overall health.
Foot massage and reflexology help in fighting depression. Certain points on the feet are helpful in alleviating depression symptoms. Massaging these points or applying pressure to them can help relieve symptoms of depression.
Helps in relaxation:
After a tiring and stressful day, a foot massage is a soothing and relaxing way to end your day.
Promotes better sleep:
A soothing and relaxing foot massage improves the blood circulation. This helps in getting a peaceful sleep.
Relieves body pains:
This is the best part of reflexology. If done carefully, it treats pains and aches such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, lower and upper backaches.