Body Sense

Winter | 2014

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Swedish massage is performed with the client partially or fully disrobed, and draped with a sheet or towel. Although only the part of the body being worked on is uncovered, some people are not comfortable unless they are fully clothed—in this case, it is best to consider a different type of bodywork such as reflexology, shiatsu, or Thai yoga massage. Deep-Tissue Massage Deep tissue refers to specific techniques that are used to access deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is commonly used for injury rehabilitation and pain management. This is not applied as a full- body massage, but only on or near areas of adhesion, compromised range of motion, or chronic tension. "No pain, no gain" is not a wise mind-set to have when choosing this modality. There may be discomfort, but there should not be pain. If the massage hurts, the body will resist too much for the work to be effective. Myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, and trigger point therapy are widely used deep-tissue approaches. Aromatherapy Massage During an aromatherapy massage, essential oils are either blended with the massage oil or applied directly onto the skin to promote various states of well-being. Essential oils enhance the inherent benefits of massage. They are potent, so if you have a history of skin sensitivity or reaction to strong scents, inform your massage therapist. Hot Stone Massage Heated stones can also be incorporated into massage for maximum relaxation. Stones are warmed to a comfortable temperature and applied with gliding strokes. Stones should never be left on the skin without a sheet or towel as a buffer. Children, elderly people, and pregnant women generally should not—your resource for all things bodywork 5 Stones should never be left on the skin without a sheet or towel as a buffer.

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