At Apogee Spa Deluxe we offer different methods of doing massage:
Aromatherapy A term coined by Frenchchemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse in the 1920?s to describe the practice of using essential oils taken from plants, flowers, roots, seeds, etc. in healing. The term is a bit misleading since the aromas of oils, whether natural or synthetic, are generally not therapeutic themselves. Aromas are used to identify the oils, to determine adulteration, and to stir the memory, but not to directly bring about a cure or healing. It is the “essence” of the oil, its chemical properties, that gives it therapeutic value. Furthermore, vapours are used in some, but not all cases of aromatherapy. In most cases the oil is rubbed onto the skin or ingested in a tea or other liquid. Some aromatherapists even consider cooking with herbs a type of aromatherapy.
Swedish Massage The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage techniques include long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usual sequence of techniques is:
Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers.
Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers.
Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.
Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping.
Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching.
Benefits of Swedish Massage Swedish massage feels good. It is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well being.
Sporting massage Energetic massage applied especially to painful muscles or tested in a sporting context.