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Massage ,Thai & Shiatsu bodywork 


Many people aren’t sure what to expect when they go to receive their first massage, and although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are universal.

Sessions generally take place in a quiet, comfortable room. It may be dimly lit and soothing music is often played.

The massage therapist will begin by asking questions, such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, any injuries or medical conditions you may have, and any other information that may help them better serve you.
The massage therapist will then excuse himself/herself so that you can disrobe to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table under the provided cover and relax, either face up or face down. Massage therapist will enter the room when you are ready.

Before the massage begins, the massage therapist will ask you to let him/her know if the pressure is too much or not enough, or if you feel uncomfortable at any time, and if there are areas of the body that you do not wish to be worked on.
You will be draped at all times – only the area being worked on will be exposed.

A full body session includes your head, face, neck, shoulders, entire back, arms, hands, gluteal/hips, abdomen, legs & feet. Oil or lotion is often used.
When the massage is complete, the practitioner will leave the room so that you can get dressed.

Every year, more and more people rely on therapeutic massage and bodywork for relaxation, pain relief, health concerns, rehabilitation and general wellness.

To help you better understand this rapidly growing field, we’d like to share some information with you.

Massage may be the oldest form of medical care – Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged.

A Chinese book written in 2,700 BC – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine – recommended the “massage of skin and flesh”.

Today, 39 million American adults – more than one out of every six – get at least one massage each year.

Massage / Bodywork has been proven effective in:
Relieving musculo-skeletal pain
Improving joint range of motion
Boosting immune system
Reducing anxiety
Lowering blood pressure
Easing post-operative pain
Alleviating side effects of cancer

Thai bodywork is a system of massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia.
This form of bodywork is performed on a mat on the floor, the client wears comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. No oils are used in Thai massage.
The client may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage. The body will be energized and rejuvenated after the massage.
The massage practitioner leans on the recipient's body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body—somewhat analogous to meridians or channels and Indian nadis. Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the client. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action.
A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, arching the recipient into bhujangasana (or cobra position). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the practitioner will adjust to fit each individual client.

Shiatsu means "finger pressure" in Japanese, however, thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet and knees are also used.
Pressure is applied to all parts of the body along specific pathways; meridians, the same meridians that are used in traditional Chinese medicine for acupuncture.
Unlike most Western forms of bodywork, Shiatsu is usually performed on a futon on the floor, (very similar to Thai bodywork) although some work can be done on a massage table. No oil or lotion is used, the client is clothed in loose, comfortable clothing, while laying on a futon, fully relaxed. The practitioner applies light to medium pressure with his/her thumbs, fingers, and hands, and deeper pressure with elbows, knees, and feet to the clients entire body, and assists the client in gentle stretches and joint mobilization, when appropriate.
Each treatment will last approximately one hour, although the first session is generally longer since a detailed case history will be taken to develop a complete picture of your health according to the principles of Oriental Medicine.Because massage and bodywork directly or indirectly affects every system of the body, it promotes health, prevents illness and injury, and speeds recovery.

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Acupuncture & Massage Therapy Center
1602 N. Bentley St.
Marion, IL. 62959

MON, WED, FRI    11-7
SATURDAY           10-1
*acupuncture & massage sessions*

Integrated Health of SI
303 S. Commercial St., Ste. 10
        TUESDAY & THURSDA7 2-6      

*acupuncture sessions only*