Medium Pressure Massage

Lomi Lomi

The traditional massage modality of Hawaii, Lomi-Lomi is an ancient form of massage with a deeply spiritual component. Once, only available in the Hawaiian Islands, Lomi-Lomi can now be experienced world-wide.

Lomi-Lomi was initially practiced by family members, native healers, warriors and servants of royalty. The truly authentic Lomi-Lomi practice incorporates breath work. The Lomi-Lomi therapist breathes deeply, and encourages the guest to use specific breathing patterns. Deeper aspects of the practice involve forgiveness and letting go of resentment. Called ho’oponopono, this is available only from the most skilled practitioners working in private settings.


Swedish Massage

Primarily thought of as a relaxation style of massage, Swedish massage was developed in 1812 by Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling. Massage Therapists applying Swedish massage techniques use a combination of five different hand strokes to release tension and restore circulation. The manner in which the strokes are applied helps to determine the outcome of the massage. Swedish massage has proven successful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function.


Hot Stone Massage

is a very relaxing style of massage in which hot water-treated stones are placed at specific sites on the body to promote relaxation and to help open up the meridians (energy pathway. Muscles are pretreated with the heated stones to allow the therapist to more easily perform deep tissue manipulations(massage).

At Golden Bodyworker we use hot stones therapeutically, not just for relaxation. Unlike a hot stone massage, with Hot Stone Therapy the stones are applied very effectively to reshape/release contracted or bound up muscle tissue.


Reflexology

(zonal therapy ) was first developed in the United States in the early 20th century. Like the most amazing foot massage, Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment with benefits that can be felt throughout the body.

The theory behind Reflexology is that there are “reflex points” in the feet, hands and ears that relate to specific organs and glands in the body. Practitioners believe that stimulating those reflex points promotes health in that organ via the body’s energetic pathways. A good treatment choice for people who want to keep their clothes on during a massage, it is also a good choice if you are pressed for time.


Myofacial Release

is used to treat musculo-skeletal dysfunction and the accompanying pain and restriction of motion Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy. Myofascial release refers to the manual massage techniques for stretching fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, skin, and muscles.

Often caused by long periods spent in poor postural alignment, an example of musculo-skeletal dysfunction would be; sitting at your computer for extended periods, your upper body begins to slump forward, in order to see the monitor you raise your head using your trapezius muscle. The trapezius muscle is now working at something it is not really designed to do, i.e. working continuously. Continuous contraction causes injury to the muscle. The Trapezius seizes up or spasms. Continuous contraction reduces blood flow to the area, which in turn, causes pain. Pain signals the cycle to begin again. Unless this cycle is interrupted by treatment, it becomes a self fulfilling situation. It will intensify leading to disability. Eventually, the pain-tension-decreased blood flow cycle will cause the muscle to develop painful trigger points.


Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch was developed in the early 1970’s by Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, and Dora Van Gelder Kunz. At first, Therapeutic Touch involved setting the hands lightly on the body of the patient, but the method rapidly evolved into the non-contact, “energy healing” method practiced today. TT is available in mainstream health care facilities including hospices, hospital-based alternative health programs, and even ICU’s.

The purpose of the practice of Therapeutic massage is to enhance the general health and well-being of the recipient. This massage style can be a full-body session or can focus on specific areas like the back, neck, hips or legs. This work is designed to release your deeper muscle layers and provide relief from acute or chronic pain patterns while assessing the cause of your discomfort. As a result, muscle tension and toxins are released allowing blood and oxygen to circulate properly. Our therapists will help you understand your body to assist in realigning your posture, while creating a maintenance program to unwind your patterns of restriction.

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