CAN MASSAGE REPLACE YOUR STRETCHING SESSION?

 

Of course, nothing will replace intense yoga class but massage is compliment to our yoga and gym sessions, working towards the same goal of lasting relief from tension and range of motion issues. Strong massage is perfect for anyone whose issues stem from chronic misalignment, stress or anxiety. It also works well for beginners who want to lay a great foundation for a regular yoga practice. For instance ancient Thai massage is referred to “lazy man’s yoga”. There are essentially the same poses you’d find doing on your yoga mat. People who sit for long periods of time, or those who are heavily active, may find that every two weeks is necessary to keep the muscles and bones in proper alignment. At most, every week may be recommended for people working through chronic issues or injuries. Any massage can be complete without a stretch, and this age of wellness mania it’s hard to choose the best massage service so here are Equilibrate recommendations:

Ashiatsu barefoot massage 

Yes, please! Ashiatsu is a Japanese massage that dates back to the 12th century. In Ashiatsu bare feet are used in a combination of Swedish, Myofascial, and compression manipulations to manipulate the body's meridians. No pain, no gain. This is the most painful massage but it makes miracles to your body in just 1 hour. The Japanese Ministry of Health defines shiatsu as "a form of manipulation by thumbs, fingers and feets without the use of instruments, mechanical or otherwise, to apply pressure to the human skin to correct internal malfunctions, promote and maintain health, and treat specific diseases. The techniques used in shiatsu include stretching, holding, and most commonly, leaning body weight into various points along key channels. 

Javanese Massage

 This signature massage therapy draws its inspiration from a three centuries-old massage tradition amongst the Javanese Royalties. It has been the main treatment for maintaining their health and well-being. The Javanese massage is a whole body choreographed treatment, using medium deep tissue massage techniques. During this treatment, the therapist uses wonderful long strokes on skin lathered with scented oil. 

Thai Massage

During Thai massage the therapist puts you through a series of stretches that cover the entire body. You lie on a floor mat or on a table wearing loose-fitting clothing. Therapist might kneel on the back of your legs and pull your arms to arch your back and open your chest, or place her shoulder under your heel to lift your leg and stretch your hamstring. Thai massage also includes deep-pressure point work to stimulate the sen, or the body’s energy pathways.