Swedish massage is a very relaxing modality that helps to reduce stress and muscle tension . It is performed using oils, creams, and lotions with the client undressed and respectfully draped with sheets and towels.
This includes a combination of various compressions and strokes done with and without oils and creams. Some people believe that deep tissue massage is supposed to be very painful. This is not true. Working deep muscle tissue can be very effective without pain when approached the right way. Due to the use of oils, clients undress before treatment. Sheets and towels are used to cover all areas not being worked on.
Thai massage is a unique and efficacious form of massage that was first introduced over 2500 years ago. Thai massage is also referred to as “Nuad Boran” in Thailand, which translates to “ancient massage”. Thai massage is traditionally done on a cushioned floor mat.
With Thai Fusion, the client lies on a massage table and is draped with sheets. This unique modality combines the stretching in traditional Thai massage with the techniques of an oil massage such as deep tissue.
Lomi Lomi or “Hawaiian massage” is best known for long, flowing strokes, using the forearms and generous amounts of oil. Traditional lomi lomi always includes abdominal massage because Hawaiian tradition considers the colon part of a person’s soul or heart. Often, more of your body is uncovered during this massage than during a typical Swedish or deep tissue massage. The more traditional draping practice for Lomi Lomi only covers private areas by the use of small towels and/or breast towels. That’s because therapists rarely massage one body part at a time. Instead, they move in long flowing motions that, for example, may start at the top of your shoulder and go all the way to your foot. Another example may be using one hand or forearm on your shoulder while simultaneously massaging a hip with the other hand or forearm.