Massaging with deeper pressure into the muscles of the body can be very relaxing and used to affect the deeper levels of the body such as the connective tissues, ligaments, tendons, fascia and bony structures. According to the AMTA, the American Massage Therapy Association, it can also be aimed at producing changes in movement and postural corrections by disrupting adhesions, releasing trigger points and restoring healthy muscle fiber memory.
Visceral manipulation includes the application of light, direct and/or reflexive techniques of massage to the internal organs of the body to release energetic and soft tissue restrictions helping to restore their function with soothing relaxing energy. Can include the omentum, organs of the gastrointestinal tract, uterus, stomach, pancreas, spleen, diaphragm and other internal organs.
Hot Stone Massage techniques include the use of cold, heated or salt stones to relax and/or treat the body of a variety of health conditions. The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. During hot stone massage, smooth rocks are used to massage the soft tissues and, or placed along key points of the body. The warmth of the stones improve circulation and calm the nervous system and the heat gives a deep melting affect to hard, tense muscles. Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get this type of massage for relaxation. It can be particularly comforting for people who tend to suffer from cold hands and feet. Hot Stone full body massage is very popular during the winter months, especially here in a place like Cleveland, Ohio where it can get very cold. Natural Massotherapy© uses lava rocks formed by Pacific Island volcanic ash.
Some degree of flexibility is an essential component in health, well-being and life in general, especially as you grow older. Passive stretching can be used to reach deeper levels of the body resulting in greater relaxation. All movement and gentle static force is exerted by the practitioner only, while the client simply breathes to allow the soft tissues to relax into a new position.
Reflexology is a type manual energy healing that uses gentle pressure along the meridian pathways of the body on specific points along your feet, hands and ears to improve your health and well-being.