WHAT IS ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE?
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain. The human body has fourteen “meridians” that carry energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to the organ associated with the specific meridian.
Acupressure is the most effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand. Acupressure deals with all the aspects of a person as a whole: body, emotions, mind, and spirit as one, not as separate parts. It relaxes muscular tension and balances the vital life forces of the body.
Common Benefits of Acupressure:
• Relieve stress and tension
• Relax mind and body
• Increase blood circulation
• Aid in the removal of toxic wastes
• Provide relief from head, neck and shoulder aches
• Increase energy levels
• Increase overall feeling of well-being
• Decreasing labor pains
WHAT IS FEET REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology broken down into its basic parts, is made up of ‘reflex’, in this case meaning one part reflecting another part, and ‘ology’, meaning the study of. Put together, reflexology means, the study of how one part relates to another part. Reflexology is the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy that connects the reflexive points of the feet and hands, to all the organs and meridians of the rest of the body.
In other words, certain spots (or reflexes) on the feet and hands have an energy connection to other parts of your body. By applying acupressure and massage like techniques to the feet and hands, you can positively affect all other body parts.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology teaches that a vital energy, or life force, circulates between the organs of the body, permeating every living cell and tissue. If this energy becomes blocked, the part of the body relating to the blockage is affected. Energy blocks in the human body are reflected on the hands and feet in one or more reflexes located there, and when these blocks interrupt the smooth flow of vital energy throughout the body, they can cause pain, disease, or whatever problems which require healing. The pressure and massage techniques used in reflexology are designed to dissipate energy blocks. Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and by encouraging the release of toxins by breaking down energy blocks, reflexology promotes the body to heal itself.
• Stimulates the body to produce those
feel-good chemicals known as endorphins.
• Increases and improves blood circulation for
• Increases metabolism rate, for more energy,
and helps burn more calories.
• Increases your natural immune system.
• Improves hormonal balance in the body
• Helps to detoxify and cleanse the cells of the body.
• Helps to relax the body, reduce stress,
rejuvenate and better tolerate the stresses of life.
• Improves your natural sleep patterns for a
good night sleep.
• …and many more!
WHAT IS SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY?
Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it’s your first time at the spa or you don’t get massage often, Swedish massage is the best place to start.
If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure to get relief from chronic muscle pain, it’s better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another form of Swedish massage. If you have pain, it will likely take a series of massages to get results.
Swedish massage and other types of therapeutic massage are performed by trained, licensed massage therapists. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she is trying to achieve.
WHAT IS DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE THERAPY?
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massages like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Another specialty we do here at WEI MASSAGE, and a staple of massage centers throughout East Asia, the chair massage is a relaxing, stress free alternative to traditional Western massages. It is more focused on you upper and lower back. This style of massage uses deep tissue and pressure point techniques, performed on an individual sitting in a special massage chair instead of lying on a table.
Chair massages are great for those who want to relieve tension in the body in a shorter section and without the hassle to undress and change. A chair massage lets you relax and enjoy the benefits of deep tissue massage without taking a lot of time or effort on the part of the customer.