Massage Modalities, Part 2

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There are more than 200 types of recognized massage modalities.

Whether your idea of a massage includes being pampered with soft music, enticing scents and a soothing touch, or a more therapeutic treatment that relieves pain in troublesome areas, the choice of licensed massage therapists in the Rogue Valley is abundant, so go forth and be soothed.

Thai Massage

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Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. It also includes compression and stretches to form a sequence of body postures that reduce stress, improve flexibility and range of motion.


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Sports massage is a therapeutic modality for people who are involved in athletics or other strenuous physical activity to enhance performance and recuperation. Combinations of different techniques are used, including stretching which helps loosen tight muscles and improve flexibility.


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Pressure points are massaged with the thumbs, fingers and palms through tapping, rubbing and applying pressure to places where there is a blockage of chi or energy. Shiatsu uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on specific acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance.


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According to ancient Ayurvedic tradition, seven main chakras or energy points in the body link our physical, energetic, emotional, mental, social and spiritual selves. Chakra-balancing uses the different aromas of the individual chakras and techniques like deep tissue massage on the back and spinal muscles, foot reflexology and subtle energy work.

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