- Swedish Massage: the therapist’s hands are in direct contact with the receiver. An oil or a cream is used to facilitate the movements. The motions are large and encompassing and the depth is acquired gradually. Only one region of the body is massaged at one time and only this area is bared using a technique called “drapage” for comfort and to safeguard intimacy. A Swedish massage can be very superficial or very deep according to the client’s desire.
- Shiatsu Massage: during a massage, the therapist applies pressure to specific points on the body, using the thumbs, finger tips, edge and heel of the hands, forearms, elbows and even at times the knees and feet. Stretching, tractions, vibrations and other manoeuvres intended to release tensions and readjust body infrastructure and natural internal physical energy are also practiced. Traditionally Shiatsu is practiced at ground level on a futon and the receiver stays clothed. However this technique can also be adapted on a massage chair or to a traditional table massage using oils or creams.
- Yoga-Thaï: the massage is given at ground level on a futon and the receiver is clothed. Depending on the manoeuvre practiced, the receiver is either in a seated position or lying on their back, prone or sideways. The movements respect each individual’s physical limits.
- Pregnancy Massage: in a traditional pregnancy massage the mother is placed on her right side first, then her back and the on her left side. This approach was necessary because she could not be on her stomach any length of time without putting the baby at risk. Today there are accessories using cushions that allow the mother to be on her stomach during the entire session with no risk to the child and without the inconvenience of having to move several times during the session. This way you can massage her throughout the 9 months of her pregnancy. As a precaution pregnancy massages are usually limited to an hour in order to avoid placing the baby in one position too long.
- Hot Stone Massage: the massage starts with placing some stone on the back over a sheet at positions that correspond with different Chakras (energy centers of the body). The heat is dissipated throughout the body and the stones energy starts to harmonize with the body’s own energy. Then hot stones lathered in oil or cream are placed in the practitioners hands who then starts performing the massage manoeuvres in order to warm the body and work on its energy patterns. At the end of the session, the cold stones are used on the face to wake up and refresh the client.
- Reflexology: a complete foot reflexology session last about an hour, one for the hands about 30 minutes and for the ears about 15 minutes. This technique is usually practiced on a table and the receiver can stay clothed. However it is possible to integrate precise reflex points within another massage technique. Using thumbs or fingertips, the massage therapist stimulates the different reflex points. The pressure can be light or deep depending on the result desired.
- Reiki: the practitioner identifies energetic imbalances by doing a reading of the body and the hands are applied to the problematic zones. Often the receiver will fall into Alpha sleep, a level of sleep that is very refreshing and beneficial. During the session, the giver works to undo energy blockages and to re-establish a proper circulation of this energy.