Techniques

ashiatsu orienta bar therapy techniquesAshiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy

Ashiatsu is an ancient form of bodywork that started with Buddhist Monks, first from China and then from Thailand and Japan. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, sometimes referred to as barefoot Shiatsu, is a well documented, effective technique for the treatment of chronic lower back and neck pain, and is recognized by the American Medical Association.

This unique deep pressure work is performed with soothing strokes that are applied to all areas of the back using hand and foot pressure to milk the muscles, open chakras and release toxins. This treatment is guaranteed to induce deep relaxation, relieve tight muscles and to stimulate the body’s own self-healing capabilities.

 

Hot Lava Stone Therapy:hot stone or hot lava stone therapy techniques

Hot Stones used in massage have been around for a VERY long time–with evidence of stones being
used for healing purposes dating back before written history. Ancient civilizations believed that hot stones were beneficial for cleansing the body, relaxing the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind.

Hot Lava Stones, used in conjuction with both Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy and classic Swedish Massage, will be sure to melt away your pain and stress. This exotic treatment involves the placement of heated polished lava stones on pressure and chakra points, while the application of oil on stones is applied to the skin. Your body blanketed in warmth with aromatic oils will encourage deep relaxation.

 

Swedish Massageswedish massage techniques

Depending on your special needs, this classic method is combined with acupressure techniques to soothe sore muscles muscles, improve circulation and leave you feeling peaceful and relaxed. 



 

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is an invigorating and deep massage that eliminates muscle tension and stress. While Sports Massage helps to break down scar tissue and accelerate recovery from athletic training, you do not have to be an athlete to benefit from or enjoy this type of massage. If you experience muscle fatigue from overuse and/or have specific areas that are a continued source of pain, this technique will loosen and broaden those muscle fibers allowing shortened muscle tissue to lengthen and relax. This massage is also great for preventing strain and injury; a perfect massage to awaken and tone your muscles before excercise.

Cupping therapy/Vacuum Manual Therapy

Vacuum manual therapy (VMT) is a fast and effective addition to manual therapy techniques for common conditions such as chronic pain, scoliosis and other spinal issues, arthritis, plantar fascitus, joint disorders, headaches, injuries, and surgical recovery.

We have all seen the celebrities sporting their cup marks on the red carpet, most recently on the 2016 Olympics coverage and in a rather pathetic presentation on Good Morning America in May 2017. Traditional cupping therapies are very different from vacuum manual therapy, even though they both use similar tools.

We all have hands, but a carpenter uses their hands very differently from a surgeon—same tool, different techniques. The vacuum is used just as a hand is used a manual therapy, but is negative pressure.

Negative pressure adds a whole new dimension as the vacuum and techniques combine as a deep and soothing approach to soft tissue manipulation. Scars disappear, ROM improves, tissue softens and regains elasticity, lymph liquefies and moves, pain levels decrease, and blood flow increases to help move deep inflammation out of the tissues. Athletes benefit greatly from treatments incorporating VMT for injury recovery, as well as performance enhancement.

Massage Medicine • 22 Monument Square, room 402 • Portland, ME 04101

maureen@massagemedicine.com • 207-650-9979