There are many good things you can do in the city, but not all of them are good for you. Therapeutic massage holds a special place among those things that are enjoyable as well as good for you. You may have experienced Swedish massage or Deep Tissue, the two most common types, but there are many other less common types of massage worth trying. See just how good it can be.
Watsu — The Touch of Warm Water
One of the more unusual types of massage is Watsu, which takes place in a warm pool where the practitioner will support you and gently move you in a series of graceful, fluid movements. The combination of warm water, gently touch and flowing movements are designed to produce a state of deep relaxation.
Ashiatsu — A Stroll On Your Back
If the thought of having a massage therapist walk on your back sounds good to you, then you will definitely want to look into Ashiatsu massage therapy. In traditional style Ashiatsu massage the client lies on the floor or soft futon mat in loose, comfortable clothing while the therapist works barefoot on his or her back. Normally the therapist uses parallel bars overhead to enhance balance and control. It is clearly like no other type of massage and can provide a deep and profoundly relaxing experience.
AMMA Therapy — Direct From the East
As is the case with many forms of massage, AMMA therapy has its roots in Eastern traditions. Based on Korean style acupressure, AMMA therapy addresses not only muscles and joints but also deeper organs and systems of the body. The therapist’s hands and fingers are used to palpate various organs and parts of the body, based on his or her assessment of the needs. The goal is to remove blockages and free the flow of energy in problem areas.
Thai Massage — Yoga Poses Made Easy
Thai massage is one of the more easily found massage therapies in New York, with practitioners of every skill and experience level. Depending on what you’re looking for, it’s best to look around to make sure the experience is what you expect it to be. For a traditional Thai massage the recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. Thai massage is often referred to as a form of passive yoga as the therapist takes the body through a number of yoga-like postures and stretches.
While Swedish massage encourages relaxation, Thai massage involves more movement and is more energizing. The claimed benefits for this type of massage are many and varied, including relief of physical and emotional tension, improved flexibility, greater awareness of body and mind and a release of blocked energy.
Aloha — Lomi Lomi, A Flowing Touch
If you are a little less shy about being conservatively draped, Lomi Lomi massage can be a uniquely relaxing experience. It’s Hawaiian in origin and is based largely on the intuition of the therapist, who provides free-flowing strokes designed to rejuventate mind body and spirit by removing energy blockages and opening energy pathways within the body. As with other types of massage, the benefits include improved circulation and immune response, increased range of motion and flexibility, improved posture and faster healing.
Ayurveda — A Centuries Old Formula For Health
Originating in India, Ayurvedic massage involved tapping, kneading, squeezing and traditional strokes, using essential oils to suit individual needs. The therapist focuses on “marma points” which are similar to the pressure points in reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture. The goal of Ayurvedic massage is to help eliminate toxins through purification, strengthen muscle tone and relax and rejuvenate the body. This type of massage is given using hands, feet, elbows and forearms.
Therapeutic Massage Resources
These are among the dozens of different types of massage available in the New York area. The following will give you a good start in finding the right practitioner for you.