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At Amelia Massage you can choose between Swedish Massages and Eastern Relaxation Techniques. Both are relaxing, gentle massages to nourish the body and relieve stress.

Swedish Massage

Conceptualized back in 1812, the Swedish massage incorporates five basic principles, which include: Giving long and smooth strokes; gentle kneading of the muscles; applying therapeutic friction; tapping (otherwise known as hacking); and providing constant vibration. The combination of these techniques ensures maximum circulation and relaxation that develops the flexibility of the one being massaged. It is no wonder why a flock of followers wanted to learn from the popular massage art of Henri Ling (the Swedish physiologist who developed this massage), up to this day.

Moreover, the Swedish massage makes use of a drape to cover the body during the actual session. This drape is then moved systematically throughout the massage. Overall, a Swedish massage is meant to be relaxing, for it is a serene and calming form of massage.

1. The Swedish massage is a gentler and softer massage compared to the more intense and forceful deep tissue massage.

2. The Swedish massage is best for those who have very sensitive skin types, that bear rashes easily, most especially when powerful friction and rubbing is applied.

3. The Swedish massage is the massage of choice for those who are normally stressed from work or home issues, whereas, the deep tissue massage is for those who are in chronic pain, were involved in many strenuous activities, or who are continually troubled by previous injuries.

Eastern Relaxation Massages

Eastern Relaxation massages are often described as “lazy yoga”. While it includes many of the same strokes as a Swedish massage, it also incorporates assisted stretches to really stretch and loosen tightened muscles and relieve joints. It also differs from Swedish massage in that it works along pressure points on your energy paths and, as such, leaves you feeling a strange and wonderful combination of relaxed and energized. Eastern massages are often performed clothed but draping is always an option for those who prefer mixing it up with traditional techniques.

Starting at the feet and moving up to the head, the body is carefully moved, loosened and stretched. A special system of movements allows the massage to be performed easily and without strenuous effort. Each move is designed to support both client and therapist.

Alongside lazy yoga, the therapist will apply gentle pressure using the palms or thumbs along energy lines and acupressure points.

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