During a chair massage session, the client sits in a special chair designed to allow the body to completely relax. The therapist uses a variety of techniques designed to release tension and reduce stress in the body, targeting problem areas. On a very physical level, chair massage boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and increases circulation. On a more emotional level, it can improve sleep and lower anxiety.
This popular massage modality uses firm, brush-like strokes over the body to help the body release dopamine and serotonin, the hormones responsible for happiness and feelings of well-being. The gentle yet effective strokes encourage blood flow within the large muscle groups and therefore enhance circulation and set the stage for true relaxation. This style of massage provides a great introduction for someone who has never had a massage before and it’s a standard in the industry because of its comforting, relaxing smoothness.
Utilizing classic Swedish stroking, pressure point work, joint mobilization and cross-fiber friction, Sports Massage can help to prepare professional athletes and weekend warriors alike for an event, reduce recovery time after exertion and even prevent injuries from happening in the first place. This style of massage targets the muscle tendon junctures and as a result it relieves swelling and promotes flexibility, especially on the areas of the body that are stressed due to repetitive motion and overuse.
TABLE SHIATSU MASSAGE
Shiatsu massage is a time-tested massage modality, first practiced in the 6th century as a branch of traditional Chinese medicine. It utilizes techniques to help strengthen and support the body’s own natural capacity to heal itself. In a Shiatsu massage, the client wears light, comfortable clothing and a massage therapist applies pressure with the thumb, palms, elbows, and sometimes even the feet, to help to release tension and allow blood to circulate freely. The therapist might knead, tap, and help to stretch and mobilize muscles with the goal of supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the client.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
This massage modality uses slow, firm strokes and deep pressure. The deep strokes loosen the muscles enough to significantly increase blood flow through the body which in effect reduces inflammation, the source of pain. When a massage practitioner applies pressure to a knot of tension, it’s possible to reach a sublayer of muscle and connective tissue surrounding the muscle in order to effectively loosen it, and even break up scar tissue if it’s present. The muscles ‘learn’ to let go and they create a new baseline for day-to-day functionality. Then, it’s possible for a person to experience an improved range of motion and comfort.
Prenatal massage helps to relieve some of the discomforts experienced during pregnancy. This specialized modality relieves back aches, stiff necks, leg cramps, headaches and swelling. Prenatal massage also reduces stress on weight bearing joints and enhances blood flow, balances hormones, and promotes lymph drainage. It acts like a tonic and helps women to relax deeply during a time of physical, mental and spiritual transition.
THAI MAT MASSAGE
Taught and practiced in Thailand for over 2,500 years, Thai Mat Massage is an interactive form of massage that eases individuals into a relaxed state of presence, allowing the body to restore itself naturally. The client lies or sits on a mat on the floor in a quiet and meditative environment. The massage practitioner aides the client to move and stretch into yoga-like restorative poses, using passive stretching and gentle pressure to help adjust the skeletal structure, increase flexibility, stimulate internal organs and relieve joint and muscle tension.
Craniosacral is the most gentle modality offered by Rejuv at Work. Sessions are fully clothed and involve the therapist giving gentle touch to the areas that are in need of attention. Oftentimes the therapist will simply hold the client's head and assist the nervous system in settling into a state of deep rejuvenating relaxation.
Reiki is a style of Japanese energy work that promotes relaxation while optimizing health and well being. During a session a practitioner places their hands along the chakra's of the client's body. Reiki activates the body's own natural healing process to restore physical, mental and emotional imbalances.