Different types of Massage offered by Sanctuary

Reflexology / Foot Massage   Although reflexology is often called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology also involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot where sensory nerves of the body's inner organs are believed to be connected. Massaging and pressing those specific points on the soles of the feet produces a therapeutic effect in the corresponding parts of the body.

Your massage begins with a warm water foot soak using a tea tree oil wash to both invigorate and clense the feet followed by massage techniques which combine acupressure, lower legs stretching, and massage from the feet up to and including the knees. During the massage, you'll be seated in an American Chiropractic Association endorsed Panasonic Massage Recliner which lets you control your body position and enables you to enjoy a neck/back massage during your foot massage. Your sore, tired feet will never feel better.

Thai Traditional Massage   Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. This technique combines massage with yoga-like positions during the course of the massage which is given on a mat on the floor. The client is dressed in their own loose fitting clothes. No oils are used in Thai massage. The northern style emphasized stretching while the southern style emphasized acupressure, both of which have come together today. Joints are loosened thorough manipulation and peripheral stimulation, muscles are stretched, internal organs are toned, and vitality and relaxation are increased. Many stretches and movements are similar to traditional Western sports medicine to lengthen your muscles and release compromised joints. It is believed that it also promotes healthy lymph, circulatory and musculoskeletal functions and freedom of movement by targeting what professional practitioners of Thai Therapeutic Massage refer to as sen lines (energy pathways). In Thailand, Thai massage is one of the branches of Thai traditional medicine and is widely considered to be a medical discipline used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Given the holistic effects of Thai Therapeutic Massage and the ever-increasing desire among health-conscious people to take better care of themselves, it is easy to understand why this massage modality continues to grow in popularity.

Combination Thai/Swedish Massage   A western'ized massage technique which combines the stretching and accupressure of Thai Traditional with the soft therapeutic touch of Swedish massage. This perfect combination of Eastern and Western massage techniques is our most popular massage. It is done on a massage table.

Combination Thai/Swedish Aroma Oil Massage   Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from different parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these "essential" oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin to promote different healing properties which soothes your body and encourages a peaceful mind. This massage has all the benefits of the Combination Thai/Swedish Massage with the addition of selected aroma oils. There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties that have been attributed to it. The ones which we use are

Swedish Massage Therapy   This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Classic massage or simply massage therapy. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy is very gentle and relaxing with massage pressure ranging from very light to moderate depending on your mood. If you've never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.

Swediah Aroma Oil (Aromatherapy) Massage   Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.

Deep Tissue Massage   Unlike classic massage therapy which is typically used for relaxation, deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. Because of this, it is not uncommon for people to have a new muscle ache for a day or two after which they discover their original chronic pain is greatly reduced.

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