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Massage Modalities

I am trained in a large number of modalities of massage. Each style of massage has a unique feel and purpose. Are you looking for muscle relaxation? Quick recovery from over-exercising? Relief from headache? Or simply to feel really good? Whatever your goal, I can provide massage modalities that will meet your needs.

Many people just want to get "rubbed the right way!" However, if you'd like to know more about specific modalities of massage, feel free to click the buttons on the left to learn more about each modality I can provide.

With all these types of massage to choose from, you can be confident that I can put together a set of modalities that will give you exactly the kind of massage you want. In fact, I encourage my clients to help design their own massage!

Aura Balancing

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All about Aura Balancing.

If the aura changes the physical body may become affected. Likewise, if a person has been injured, even in the past, the aura may reflect this as a disturbance or change in its structure or color.

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Chakra Balancing

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All about Chakra Balancing.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates as turning wheel or disc. It is a concept referring to wheel-like energy vortices which, according to traditional Indian medicine, exist in the etheric portion of the body. The chakras are said to be "force centers," vortices of subtle matter. They are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies. They literally feed the auric fields and the physical body as well.

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All about Chinese Massage.

Tui Na uses techniques and manipulations to stimulate acupuncture points or other parts of the body surface so as to correct physiological imbalances of the body and achieve curative effects. The effect of Tui Na is to disperse and smooth obstructions whilst checking and restraining hyperfunction. Tui Na is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and exercise to treat the whole body, mind and spirit.

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Deep Tissue

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All about Deep Tissue Massage.

Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.

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East Indian Head Massage

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All about East Indian Head Massage.

Indian head massage (IHM) is a Hindu massage technique, tracing back to the ancient ways of Ayurvedic Indian health care. Used for over 4,000 years to improve overall health, this massage has become more and more popular in recent years. It is also known as champissage or shiroabhyanga.

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Fibromyalgia Therapy

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All about Fibromyalgia_Therapy.

Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healthcare still in practice. At Michael's Hands, I concentrate on techniques that encourage circulation in the muscles, which increases the flow of nutrients and eliminates waste products. This is particularly beneficial for those with fibromyalgia as it can reduce heart rate, relax muscles, improve range of motion in joints and increase production of the body's natural painkillers.

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Hot Stone

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All about Hot Stone Therapy.

A hot stone massage uses water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The heated stones can also be laid upon various areas of the body to relax tense and tight contracted muscles. It can be very relaxing and invigorating at the same time.

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Ionic Detox Foot Bath

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Ionic Detox Foot Bath.

Ionic footbaths are a popular tool for detoxing the body. The media has been quick to label them pseudoscience based on some poorly done research. Properly done research has shown that ionic footbaths do increase detoxification of heavy metals. There is still some uncertainty as to the mechanism of action, but the anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of ionic footbaths is overwhelming.

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By: Michael Manion Topics: #Kinesiology Page Views: 6316
All about Kinesiology.

The word Kinesiology is derived from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and kinein (to move), also known as human kinetics, is the science of human movement. It is a discipline that focuses on Physical Activity. A kinesiological approach applies scientific based medical principles towards the analysis, preservation and enhancement of human movement in all settings and populations. Kinesiologists work in research, the fitness industry, clinically, and in industrial environments. Studies on human motion may be supported by computer vision, using stereo camera systems for pose recognition and motion modeling.

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By: Michael Manion Topics: #MedicalMassage Page Views: 4203
All about Medical Massage.

Technically, "medical massage" includes any massage specifically prescribed by a doctor for treatment of a medical condition. There are, however, certain techniques that are often so prescribed.

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By: Michael Manion Topics: #Reiki Page Views: 4256
All about Reiki.

Reiki means "universal life energy" and Reiki techniques can be combined with massage for healing. Sometimes those receiving this healing can experience slight changes physically during the session such as heat or cold or even changes in kinesthetic or visual subtleties. None of these need to occur for it to be working, however.

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By: Michael Manion Topics: #Shiatsu Page Views: 4366
All about Shiatsu.

The Japanese word Shiatsu (指圧) is composed of two words: "shi" meaning finger, and "atsu" meaning pressure. This therapy uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as traditional Chinese acupressure, with the additional incorporation of stretching. It also adds components such as rolling, brushing, vibrating, grasping and in one particular technique developed by Suzuki Yamamoto, pressure is applied with the feet on the person's back, legs and feet.

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By: Michael Manion Topics: #SportsMassage Page Views: 4082
All about Sports Massage.

We've all had the experience of playing a little too hard and pulling something as a result. Massage can relieve the resulting pain so that healing can be promoted. However, just as most athletes stretch out before a workout or a game, many find a pre-exertion massage helps them excel.

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Sugar Polish, Salt Glow Massage

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All about Siegar Polish Treatments and Salt Glow Massage.

A body polish is a popular body treatment that exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. This is primarily a skin treatment, like a facial for the body. It should not be confused with a massage.

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By: Michael Manion Topics: #SwedishMassage Page Views: 5082
All about Swedish Massage.

Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration (shaking of the hands or fingers).

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By: Michael Manion Topics: #ThaiMassage Page Views: 4110
All about Thai massage.

Known in Thailand as นวดแผนโบราณ (Nuat phaen boran), meaning "ancient/traditional massage." Thai massage actually originated in India and is based on ayurveda and yoga. This form of massage is believed to be at least 2500 years old and is associated with the Buddha himself. The technique combines massage with yoga-like positions during the course of the massage; the northern style emphasizes stretching while the southern style emphasizes acupressure.

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Therapeutic Touch

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All about Therapeutic Touch.

Therapeutic Touch is an energy therapy which was developed to promote healing and reduce pain and anxiety. Therapeutic Touch practitioners have shown that by placing their hands on or near the patient they can detect and manipulate the patient's putative energy field. The detecting of an energy field takes practice and time just as does learning to walk or ride a bicycle. Practitioners are taught to work with what is termed the person�s "biofield" or "bioenergetic field."

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Trigger Point

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All about Trigger Point massage.

Sometimes confused with pressure point massage, Trigger Point Therapy involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local pain or referred pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body. Manual pressure, vibration, injection, or other treatment is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain.

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