Thai on the Table Massage is a Win-Win

Amelia Massage Associates Thai on the Table TherapyThai on the Table massage is a Win-Win, both for “the giver” and especially “the receiver.”

Our first thoughts while Molly, Susan, and Nancy were learning this uniquely different, relaxing, and effective massage was “WANT.” We could see and feel the positive health effects for our clients-and for our therapists. If there exists a therapeutic massage that is as beneficial to the massage therapist as it is to you, the receiver, it is Thai On The Table. Continue reading “Thai on the Table Massage is a Win-Win”

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key in English) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Created by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s, it is administered by “laying on hands.” Similar techniques have been practiced for thousands of years. According to many Reiki texts, as well as Susan Caples, our very own Level I and II Reiki practitioner, this simple, but powerful methodology can be learned by anyone.

Some call it an art form, others call it a therapy and yet others see it as a spiritual discipline; we call it a methodology that can reduce pain and anxiety. Continue reading “What is Reiki?”

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage at Amelia Massage AssociatesConceptualized back in 1812, the Swedish massage incorporates five basic principles, which include: Giving long and smooth strokes; gentle kneading of the muscles; applying therapeutic friction; tapping (otherwise known as hacking); and providing constant vibration. The combination of these techniques ensures maximum circulation and relaxation that develops the flexibility of the one being massaged. It is no wonder why a flock of followers wanted to learn from the popular massage art of Henri Ling (the Swedish physiologist who developed this massage), up to this day. Continue reading “Swedish Massage”

Deep Tissue Massage

Depp Tissue MassageDeep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage therapy targets chronic tension in muscles that lie far below the surface of your body’s skin. Your therapist will provide relief by using various deep pressure techniques such as slow strokes, direct pressure and friction movements that go across the grain of the muscle. Many of the principles used for the deep tissue massage are also present in the Swedish massage, but the deep tissue massage is rather more forceful in nature. Moreover, this form of massage focuses on problem areas; this means that it targets the stiff muscle regions that are overly stressed, rather than working permanently on the back and neck areas. However, no matter how naturally intense this massage can be, it does not hurt as much as what people have come to believe. Continue reading “Deep Tissue Massage”

Maternity Massage

Pregnancy Massage from Amelia Massage AssociatesMaternity Massage or Prenatal Massage during pregnancy provides therapeutic body work that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. It is a fast-growing field in the United States, that has attracted the interest of labor and delivery nurses, nurse-midwives, childbirth educators and obstetricians. Massage therapy enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.

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Hot Lava Stone Massage

Hot Stones Massage from Amelia Massage AssociatesA Hot Lava Stone Massage finds its roots with Hot lava stones warmed by fire as they were used by Native Americans to feel better. These days a Hot Stone Lava Massage includes many sizes of smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, but they can be other types. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release.

Note: 24 hour notice is required to allow for the correct preparation of the stones. Continue reading “Hot Lava Stone Massage”

Ashiatsu

Ashiatsu Massage from Amelia Massage Associates

Ashiatsu is unlike any deep tissue massage you have ever experienced! The root word ‘ashi’ means ‘foot’ and ‘atsu’ means ‘pressure’ so together they symbolize ‘foot pressure’ in a technique that delivers a consistent, deep, luxurious massage. Correct application provides deep relaxation and stimulates the lymphatic system of the body. Bars are used overhead for support and balance. Continue reading “Ashiatsu”

Foot Reflexology

Foot Chart - Foot reflexology from Amelia Massage AssociatesFoot Reflexology uses pressure to the reflex points on the head, face, hands and feet to stimulate the body’s own healing process. It is based on the principle that there are numerous energy pathways that travel to every organ of the body with ending in many locations just below the skin’s surface.

Foot reflexology from Amelia Massage Associates
Wonderful Relief

Reflex Points of the hands and feet are the primary locations where the therapist applies pressure to improve energy flow and alleviate pain elsewhere on the pathway. The picture indicates many corresponding locations with organ function. People that spend much time on their feet can greatly benefit from this.

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