Hawaii Massage Directory

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Reflexology, Acupressure, Cranial Sacral, Shiatsu

Acupressure: Ancient healing art using the fingers and other parts of the body to skillfully press key points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these trigger points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote circulation of blood, and the body’s life force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle to firm pressure and integrates bodywork therapies, therapeutic touch, somatic work, healing imagery, energy psychology, and massage therapy techniques.

Reflexology: The physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. it is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.

Cranial Sacral: A gentle, noninvasive form of alternative medicine that deals with the movement of the fluid surrounding the skull and spine.  Cranial sacral therapists ease the restrictions of nerve passages by focusing on the membranes that encase the central nervous system.  Cranial sacral therapy seeks to restore misaligned bones to their proper position and is thought to eliminate the negative effects of stress as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ and more.

Shiatsu: Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork.  Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”) through the body. The therapist uses finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi. The scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

Russian Sports Massage

Russian massage is a system of therapeutic and sports massage developed in the former Soviet Union.

Some describe it as being like a combination of swedish and therapeutic massages.  It uses a variety of manipulations of the body’s soft tissues to achieve benefits, including stress reduction and relief from muscle aches.  It is considered to be one of the most non-invasive and relaxing from of massage therapies.

It employs techniques such as petrissage, effleurage, friction and vibration to relieve pain and induce relaxation.

A typical session may last from fifteen minutes to an hour depending on the nature of the ailment. The therapist uses a combination of gentle stretching, kneading, gliding strokes, vigorous rubbing and vibratory motions to massage the muscles and joints. The relaxing effects of the massage are felt almost immediately.

A complete cure may take a dozen or more sessions, depending on the severity of the ailment.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

*as seen on KHON Channel 2 Lymphatic Drainage Massage – The lymphatic massage is essential as the body’s drainage system for cleansing and filtering out of bacteria and toxins. Congested lymph pathways can cause soreness, aches, pains and flu-like  symptoms and can lower your immune system leaving you succeptible to the flu and other illnesses. It is a very soft and minimum pressure type of massage.  The American Cancer society views this treatment as “one of the most supportive and helpful complementary therapies available” and is recommended for Cancer related Lymphedema. This therapy can also reduce and prevent cellulite.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy: Active trigger points are continuous contraction knots in the muscles. These knots are so tight that circulation decreases in the immediate area of the knot. Pain is radiated outward to other muscles when pressure is applied to the trigger point or, in a more severe condition, when the muscle is at rest. Headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and numbness in the hands and feet are just a few of the symptoms that can be caused by trigger points. Trigger point therapy applies direct pressure to theses knots and flushes the tissue so that trigger points can release.