Body Sense

Winter | 2014

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6 Body Sense receive hot stone massage, and neither should anyone with acute inflammation, diabetes, neuropathy, pregnancy, or skin sensitivity. Reflexology The principle of reflexology is that the entire body is reflected in zones on the hands, feet, and ears, and that by applying pressure to a specific zone in those places, there will be a direct effect on the corresponding organ, system, or area of the body. If you prefer to not receive touch on your entire body, reflexology is a perfect option. EASTERN MASSAGE STYLES Shiatsu Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork performed with the client fully clothed. Like other forms of massage, shiatsu's benefits include calming the nervous system, improving range of motion, and relieving tense, stressed muscles. However, unlike Western massage approaches, traditional shiatsu is performed on the floor on a padded mat. Pressure is applied using fingers, palms, and thumbs in a rhythmic sequence to open up lines of energy called meridians that, when congested, can cause illness and disease. Thai Yoga Massage Originating in Thailand, this style of bodywork is often referred to as "lazy man's yoga." Clients do not need to be flexible, or be a yoga practitioner, to enjoy this deeply restorative style of bodywork. Like shiatsu, traditional Thai massage is performed on a padded mat on the floor with the client fully clothed, although modern Thai massage can be adapted to a massage table. Slow, deep compressions and passive yoga- like stretches are applied to the body, matched to your breathing, to open lines of energy.

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