Or as I like to call them, the “Gems in My Treasure Chest of Styles and Skills”.
Definition of terms
Modailty: A modality is a specific type of massage.
Technique: A Technique is defined as a specific action taken within that modality to accomplish an aim.
Basically, the following styles and skills intertwine and define your massage experience at Cozy Cove.
Techniques and Massage Types at Cozy Cove
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for curative and rejuvenating effects. Interestingly, dating back to ancient Egypt, India, and the Far East, this simple therapy has been used for centuries to reduce stress and tension, refresh and invigorate the body, soothe emotions, and clear the mind.
First, I discuss with the client their specific situation and conditions. Next, they choose a specific essential oil or blend. Last, I add this chosen scent to the jojoba emollient. Thus, the essential oil is absorbed through the skin and into the body to affect physiological change. Also, when inhaled, the aroma directly affects the limbic area of the brain, which is related to emotions and memories.
This is done with the client facing forward in a chair. The benefits are as follows:
- Lowers anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relieves muscle pains and headaches
- Decreases stress
- Improves sleep quality
- Generates more flexibility
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
When delivering cupping massages, I employ both running and stationary cupping. First, I use cups as extensions of my hands to run them over the particular focus area. Second, I leave certain cups in stationary places for a time that suits the individual client. Last, I again run them along the body as extensions of my hands.
Deep Muscle Massage
This technique begins gently and progresses deeply as the outer muscle fibers relax, allowing the second and third layer of muscle to be addressed. Deep Muscle Massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to unstick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension. This technique addresses specific muscles and muscle groups hoping to fix specific problems.
Importantly, this fundamental technique offers fast results for both pain and stress. It utilizes a lot of cross-fiber friction massage, first written about in the late 1800s in New York City. A medical doctor performing autopsies noticed that diseased areas of the body were surrounded by muscle fibers that were dehydrated and stuck together. He surmised that if one would rub across these fibers, the fibers themselves on a cellular level would reset and the healthy state of muscle would be restored.
Deep tissue massage relieves severe tension in muscles,connective tissue &/or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles.
People often misuse the term “deep tissue”. Fundamentally, deep tissue massage is NOT synonymous with massage performed with sustained and very deep pressure. Actually, deep tissue massage does not require deep pressure at all. It is really a totally separate massage modality. In truth, deep tissue massage encompasses any amount of pressure available on the spectrum. Pressure is not the salient feature. Muscles focus is. Basically, it means to trace individual muscles in search of problem areas. Because of this focus, treating particular musculo-skeletal disorders and complaints is its strength. Massage like this employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. In conclusion, “deep pressure” massage and deep tissue massage are significantly different. The former connotes sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session. The latter connotes focused tracing of the muscles regardless of pressure employed.
Essentially, no pun intended, I drip seven drops of seven essential oils down your spine. Then, I deliver a light touch therapeutic massage. This pressure fosters structural and electrical alignment of the body and its energy pathways. I repeat this process with three drips of the same seven essential oils on the soles of your feet. A therapeutic massage using light to medium pressure completes the experience.
Mine is an adaptation which emphasizes the application of 7 essential oils down the spine and on the soles of the feet with light touch only in hopes of fostering structural and electrical alignment. Additionally, I include light to medium touch massage.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
My hot stone massages start each focus area with “running” stones, or using them as extensions of my hands. Next, comes therapeutic massage over the focus area with my hands. Lastly, I will finish each focus area by running hot stones again.
Ancient Hawaiian healers handed down over generations the modality Lomi Lomi , Hawaiian for “rub rub. Two identifying techniques of authentic Lomi Lomi are the emphasis on spirit-body connection and the use of forearm and elbow as a massage tool.
Hawaiian-born nurse, Margaret Machado, formalized this technique which is spiritual in nature. Basically, these strokes resemble the Japanese shiatsu technique but are gentler and shorter. Pressure with the fingers at certain points is also part of the technique, but it is of shorter duration than most acupressure.
Plastic-wrap-like tissue called fascia encases and holds together all muscles, arteries, bones, organs and everything else. Then, because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part. The fascia responds to the trained touch to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tensions and trauma. Developed in the late 1960’s by John Barnes, this modality works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles.
Developed by chiropractor and osteopath Randolph Stone, polarity therapy is a holistic method of treatment. He combined his knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, yoga, acupuncture and shiatsu techniques to outline his system. Stone saw the body as an electromagnetic energy system with each part of the body carrying electrical-like charges.
By placing hands on various parts of the body, the practitioner connects the positive and negative poles to improve the flow of energy through the body and assist healing and relaxation. Thus, massage therapy promotes well being.
Pregnancy demands a lot from woman’s body. Consequently, her body needs nurturing and pampering. This massage relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body. It reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
Importantly, I only offer this service to women who have completed their first trimester.
Strain/counter-strain is a manual massage technique for relieving musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) spasms and pain. It is a gentle and safe technique that relieves spinal or joint pain by my positioning the affected muscle areas for you without your assistance. It uses this passive body positioning of sore, painful muscles and joints promote healing. With this, I hope to alleviate painful tender spots which develop with repetitive or acute strains.
Most people consider Swedish massage “traditional” massage. In the 1820s a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. Therefore, it is effective for most ailments. Because, massaging the skin, the body’s largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and well-being.
In general, therapeutic massage happens when both the client and practitioner have a shared goal. This goal is achieving structural changes within the body. Meeting it requires commitment to a series of regular massages.
Milton Trager, M.D. developed his namesake modality over the past 55. It is a combination of hands-on work, relaxation, and movement education. Theorizing that the body learns to be light and effortless by experiencing light and easy sensations, Trager practitioners gently cradle, jiggle, rock, and stretch the body. This in turn helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique involving the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue. This relieves pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue, which causes pain in other parts of the body.
Therefore, a trigger point in the back may produce referred pain in the neck. Then, the neck, acting as a satellite trigger point, may cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. These muscle fibers that are spasming and causing pain are not available for routine, non-painful use. They make our activities of daily living difficult to carry out. The aim of Trigger Point therapy is to settle these down to make our tasks easier to do.