Traditional Thai Massage
At Touch of Zen Enterprises I combine Northern and Southern style Traditional Thai massage adjusting the sen (energy lines) of the body through acupressure, palming, and extensive stretching. Thai massage is often called “passive yoga” or "lazy man's yoga" and greatly assists in rebalancing the body and increasing flexibility. Traditional Thai massage is normally done fully clothed on a mat on the floor while wearing loose comfortable clothes, preferably natural fibers. Thai massage requires a minimum of 90 minutes. Thai massage may be modifed for those who prefer table massage; for the less inhibited I can incorporate Thai massage into an oil based table massage.
Touch of Zen Enterprises offers "Zen Shiatsu" a Japanese style of massage that treats the energy meridians of the body to unblock the flow of ki and help the body meridians and organs rebalance. Usually done fully clothed on a mat on the floor while wearing loose comfortable clothes, preferably natural fibers. Involves acupressure, palming, and stretching. Zen Shiatsu, unlike some other forms of Shiatsu, is focused less on individual points and specific problem areas and more on increasing energy flow and rebalancing the entire body. Zen Shiatsu can be incorporated into table based massage with or without oil.
Deep Tissue Sports Massage
Touch of Zen Enterprieses offers Deep tissue and Sports massage. Deep Tissue Sports Massage is often focused on specific problem areas in the sub-layer of musculature and fascia, intended to increase flexibility, free adhesions, reduce chronic pain, and assist with injury prevention or rehabilitation. Usually starts and ends with Swedish relaxation techniques but involves deeper pressure, more friction, and focus on specific problem areas rather than the whole body. Can be done with or without oil. If you would like a thorough full body deep tissue massage focusing on more than 1 problem area, at least 90 minutes is needed and 2 hours is better. Pre-event and post-event massage massage for groups or individuals may be available with advance appointment. Pre-event massage using light rapid strokes, tapotement, vibration, rocking, and gentle stretching, is done without oil and is normally limited to 10-30 minutes. Post event massage (within 12 hours after an event) uses long gliding strokes to reduce recovery time; deeper work is generally avoided until 24-72 hours after an event.
Touch of Zen Enterprises also offers Swedish massage which is a more relaxing oil-based treatment involving a combination of long gliding strokes, kneading, light to medium friction, and in some cases vibration or percussion. Swedish massage increases circulation of blood and lymph, relaxes, and may assist with injury recovery and release of scar tissue adhesions. Depending on your level of comfort with more limited draping coverage, long gliding Esalen and lomi-lomi inspired work can be incorporated into a Swedish massage.
Integration of two or more massage styles, often focusing on problem areas. You can specify what you want or simply ask your therapist for an integrative massage. I normally incorporate some shiatsu into nearly every massage and can easily incorporate some Thai Massage. Integrative massage at Touch of Zen Enterprieses is generally done on a table, but integrative floor massage is also an option.
ROSSITER SYSTEM® WORKOUTS
Rossiter System® Workouts put you in charge of your own program to restore healthy tissue function and mobility fast! May significantly reduce chronic pain and help avoid the need for surgery. The Rossiter system targets your body's connective tissue, a head-to-toe network of ligaments, tendons and fascia that holds everything together. These pin and stretch techniques use weight and active stretching to loosen and lengthen the entire network of tissue to its natural state. I provide coaching and weight for Level 1 Rossiter workouts -- you do the work and are in charge of your own workout. The Rossiter System helps keep your body healthy, supple and pain-free naturally. Prevent and relieve pain, regain and build range of motion, enhance performance with breakthrough stretches. Requires motivation, a willingness to work hard, and acceptance of bruising. Not suitable for anyone who has recently (within 12-24 hours) used aspirin or other prescriptions or over the counter pain or inflammation reduction drugs and use of other medications may also make the techniques unsuitable. Not suitable for anyone who has had recent surgery, and appropriate techniques may be limited by prior surgery, implants, or prior use of cortisone shots. Not recommended for women who are pregnant. Great for motivated individuals who want fast results and are willing to work for it. Normal workout times are approximately 20-30 minutes, but you decide how much you want -- workouts for particular areas of the body may be as short as five to ten minutes and significant relief and increased range of motion may be achieved in minutes.
For oil based massage, at Touch of Zen Enterprises I use high quality Biotone Massage Creams, or Organic Coconut Oil, or I can use an oil or lotion that you supply if you prefer. I use a high quality American made massage table if you choose a table massage. Breast recess table available. Table heating pad available.
I also offer basic massage lessons for couples who want to learn to work on each other.
Couples massage also available with Melody Hall, HI MAT 14555, mixedtraditions.com, if requested in advance.