Tui Na

Tui Na combines principles from Taoism, martial arts and the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. The practitioner of the art uses range of motion, traction, and massage and the stimulation of acupressure points. People regularly use Tui na to alleviate chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions and digestive problems related to stress.

Some of the most common conditions our Tui na practitioners work on are:

  • Shoulder and Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica

Tui Na relaxes the body and energizes the mind. It also deals with the energies of the body so our clients often gain improvements throughout their entire body. This is an excellent idea for people who want to feel the benefits of the eastern response to medical treatments.

Shiatsu

The translation of shiatsu is ‘finger pressure’. Shiatsu is a full body experience. Shiatsu is a Japanese style of massage therapy that shares similarities with acupressure. Shiatsu practitioners have their own unique style of massage to break down energy blockages in the body and bring energy to areas where energy may be deficient. Incorporating a variety of stretches into their manipulations to promote proper health and well-being.

Widely used to promote relaxation and

Shiatsu is aimed to diminish issues such as:

  • Stress
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

 

Shiatsu is a holistic approach to wellness. We will gladly set up a consultation with our experts to make your session is tailored to your personal needs.

Acupressure

Acupressure is an ancient art originating in Asia. The idea behind the acupressure is that there are points on the body which can be activated to promote healing.

These acupressure points are found all over the body and can be used to:

  • Increase your Circulation
  • Boost your Immune System
  • Release Muscel Tension
  • Relieve Body Stress

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture in the way that they use the same points to heal the body. Acupuncture utilizes needles to activate the points where acupressure uses light to firm pressure by fingers, hands and arms.
The pressure points are found along the meridian pathways of our body. This can help govern the proper functioning of the nervous, digestive, endocrine, vascular, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is what most people mean when they talk about a massage. It is one of the most relaxing types of massages to receive. It normally works over the entire body. The techniques used on different muscles in the body depending on the desired result are gliding, kneading, tapping, vibrating and shaking.

A Swedish massage can target specific areas to work out kinks or can be used on the full body. To enhance the relaxing nature of the experience a session can include aromatherapy, for the human body reacts to pleasant scents. The nose relays messages to the brain and tells the body to be comfortable and relax. Using candles and natural essential oils to fill the air combined with incorporating them into massage oil improves breathing and helps to escape your troubles for the duration of the therapy.

Another addition to the session that we offer is hot stone massage. Special finely polished basalt stones (or lava rocks) are water heated and applied to the body and hands to relax the muscles, creating a warming experience that is kneaded into the entire body.

Active Massage

Active or sport massage, as the name suggests, is a therapy designed for high activity people. Depending on the sport you will be playing there are different areas to treat both pregame and post game. Pregame therapy focuses on preparing your muscles for high intensity motion. Usually lasting between 15 to 45 minutes the session is meant to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph fluids so that your body can perform at its peak. Increasing blood flow also helps post game as the body is more prepared to heal damaged tissue which occurs with any high intensity work out.

Our post game therapy is designed to help the body repair itself from the sore muscles and knots which may occur after the event. It normalizes your body tissue which continues to be in ‘high gear’ after the activity so it can begin to relax and cool down. These treatments are done within an hour or two after the event to prevent muscle tightness which can lead to injury in future workouts.

If you are getting ready to give it your all then it’s time to visit Shaolin Massage Spa so you know you have done what you needed to minimize potential injury and continue to play active sports.

Myofacial Release

The fascia, is the outer layer of the Myofascia which covers the muscles but is under the skin. Fascia is similar to tendons and ligaments in that they are all connective tissue and are made of collagen.

The key to understanding Myofascial release is that the fascia is the focus point. The fascia houses the muscles and keeps them aligned. If a trauma happens to the body then the fascia may become ‘glued’ to the muscle or traumatic area. This can lead to many problems. Muscles will not move properly, organs may be shifted to incorrect positions, blood vessels may be restricted and muscle and bone connections may be obstructed.

Myofascial release therapy targets the places where the fascia is blocked to relieve the tension and guide the muscles into their proper place. The therapy is quite relaxing in itself as the process is quite gentle. Often a knowledgeable therapist merely has to heat up the area with certain techniques to unglue the fascia. As a system that runs through the entire body the fascia knows where it should be. When it is unglued it often tells the therapist where it should be by the natural direction it pulls.

Positional Release

Positional release therapy is, in some ways, like trigger point therapy as it focuses on painful muscle areas. However the similarities end there. Positional release therapy is a technique which is not necessarily seen as a form of massage. What the therapist does is find the tender point on the body and apply a slight amount of pressure to it. While applying pressure the therapist uses their in-depth knowledge of muscle and skeletal structures to passively move other parts of the body to give, what is essential, a very technical sort of stretch. The muscle relaxes and releases the pressure it is holding as all the other muscles surrounding it compensate for the tension. Shaolin Massage Spa has many trained professionals who are well seasoned in this impressive technique and will help you on the path to feeling like yourself again.

This technique may release up to 75% of the discomfort in the problem area right away.

Lymph Drainage Therapy

Lymph is the fluid in your body which transports fat, returns protein to the circulatory system and is an important part of fending of bacterial diseases. The lymphatic system runs through the body much as the circulatory system does and brings lymph into the blood and muscles. It takes a highly train professional to perform the therapy properly as a very specific amount of pressure needs to be applied to stimulate the lymphatic system. The therapy itself is very relaxing experience as it is a gentle process of circular massage.

 

Having Lymph drainage therapy performed can have many benefits on the body:

  • Anti-aging effects
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, and memory loss
  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
  • Relief of chronic inflammations and pain
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

 

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is often confused with deep pressure massage. Deep pressure massage means a constant, strong pressure throughout the session. Deep tissue massage can indeed have a significant amount of pressure behind certain techniques but deep tissue always has a goal. It is used on ailments like chronic pain, recovery from injuries, limited mobility, postural problems and muscle tension or spasm, among others.

Deep tissue massage will start off light to relax the surface muscles so that the masseuse can eventually get to the muscles underneath (hence deep tissue). Many of the physical issues we have after receiving an injury or strain affects all the muscles in the area. This is why a masseuse has to get to all the muscles to get all the kinks out.

As the massage is meant to get down deep into the problematic area it is common that the client will be bit sore for a day or two afterwards. This is because massage is something of a passive workout. The muscles are being worked and if they are not used to being manipulated then they will get sore just like an average physical work out.

Even though deep tissue massage is commonly thought of as a, ‘no pain, no gain’ type of massage, that is not actually the case. If you ever feel that the therapist is applying too much pressure, tell them right away. At Shaolin Massage Spa we are here to make you feel better but also to make your whole experience a pleasant one.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the activation of specific points on the hands and feet to promote the proper functioning of the body. The idea behind reflexology is that the hands and feet are like condensed maps of the rest of the body; the head, torso, organs, legs and arms are all directly connected to specific areas of the hands and feet. By applying pressure to the areas which correspond to each other, other parts of the body are affected. For instance, using particular pressure massages on the tips of the fingers can relieve head and sinus problems. A trained professional in reflexology can even pinpoint issues in the body by feeling the tension in your hands and feet.

Shaolin Massage Spa has reflexologists with many years of experience and our other therapists have often been astounded by all the positive effects reflexology has for our patients. Come and make an appointment with our reflexologists today.