The massage practice of Life Energy Massage's Joe Chan and his staff is rooted in the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. During acupressure massage, their nimble hands focus on points that can reopen energy channels, prompting the body to release toxins, stimulate circulation, and come back into balance. These sessions can range from fostering relaxation with soothing pressure to more intense therapy to relieve chronic pain. Though trained in Eastern techniques, the therapists are also well-versed in Western modalities, and will perform a deep-tissue massage or reflexology if requested or a sports massage if you're bored in right field.
Over the past 17 years, David Cobb has added a host of clinical bodywork certifications to his massage therapy diploma. That's why, in addition to relaxation massages, clients also rely on him for deep-tissue, sports, and myofascial therapy. Cobb is also an expert at The Rolf Method of Structural Integration?a form of deep bodywork that improves alignment and function by releasing restrictions within the body's connective tissue system. Structural Integration sessions also rely on gravity to help achieve results, just like a billionaire who?s trying to get his pet monkey off a chandelier.
Jazmine C. Fox-Stern's academic pursuits included neurology, physiology, anatomy, and philosophy. And though she earned her psychology degree in 2002, it was in structural integration that she found a conduit in which she could combine those fields?along with her passion for healing?into a single dynamic practice that fosters physical and emotional wellness. So Jazmine moved to Boulder, CO, became certified in structural integration, and opened Boston Body Balance.
The treatment views the body in terms of relationships?up and down, in and out, front and back?and aims to balance the body through slow, deep pressure and guided movements, like a circus clown balances his checkbook. The goal is "functional mobility." This means that Jazmine helps her clients not just align their bodies, but develop new habits and patterns of movement. So in addition to relieving pain, structural integration can improve coordination and flexibilty. And because it frees restrictions in the fascial network, it can lead to feelings of liberation from the body's old habits, giving clients a renewed sense of balance and an emotional boost.
The experienced practitioners at Chinatown Pain Relief Massage drive away aches and balance energy levels using an array of Eastern bodywork techniques. Reflexology, which is typically performed on the feet, but can also be used on hands, heads, or vestigial tails, targets very specific points with focused pressure and kneading.
Trigger-point massage goes after knots and areas of tension while also reducing inflammation and boosting immunity. The traditional Chinese practice of cupping promotes blood flow to treatment zones with the use of glass suction cups.
At Newbury Foot and Body Work, feet get the royal treatment from therapists skilled in Chinese foot reflexology. By applying firm pressure to every acupuncture point on the foot, clients can experience relief as stress floats away, energy levels rise, and blood circulation speeds up like a snail that stumbled onto a 50-foot waterslide. Healthy Foot Spa, which is outfitted with purple hues, floral accents, and calming d?cor, also allows clients to enjoy a tandem massage in the private couples room.