Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions and Massage Benefits
What are different types of massages out there?
What type of massage is best for me?

 

What does a Massage do?

In general terms and through a variety of techniques, massage increases blood and oxygen flow and circulation, increases flexibility and mobility, decreases pain and inflammation, lowers resting and overall heart rate, relieves muscles of aches, stiffness and soreness, and creates an overall sense of relaxation and wellness.

Are there any restrictions to receiving a massage?

If you have a serious or acute medical condition, you should clear massage with your doctor first. Back pain, headache, blurry vision, loss of appetite and other symptoms could signal a serious injury or underlying medical condition. Likewise if you notice unusual changes in your body that you can’t easily explain, consult your doctor first before treating the problem with a massage. If you’re injured or sick, a massage could make the situation worse. Please contact your healthcare provider before receiving Shiatsu if you have high blood pressure, heart condition, any chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, or are pregnant.

What are the benefits of receiving ongoing massage treatments?

Single massage session can bring great positive results, and if done frequently, the results become cumulative. The more you go, the better and healthier you feel. You become:

  • more joyful and lively as if the inner-batteries had been fully charged
  • more creative, peaceful and capable when dealing with life's challenges
  • physically renewed and enhanced including:
    • younger looking skin
    • better vision and hearing
    • stronger immune system
    • lean muscle growth
    • longer life (through restoration of cells' telomeres), and
    • increased esoteric capabilities

Is Energy Shiatsu religious?

I, Kamil, am on my own and very personal path of New Age spirituality and world philosophy that embraces oneness, loving compassion, and complete tolerance of any belief. This path, as well as Energy Shiatsu, is not religious, not evangelistic, not a cult, there is no doctrine to study, and there is nothing to join or convert to anything. Energy Shiatsu is a hands-on healing and energy work that holistically balances body using divine forces in order to help the body heal. Incidentally and indirectly, Energy Shiatsu may inspire taking responsibility for creating positive changes in our lives, and/or foster own and personal search for God.

What are different types of massages out there?


Most massages fall into two main categories:

Relaxation Massages


Energy Shiatsu – a very gentle and meditative form of Shiatsu thumb pressure massage with an addition of Reiki and Healing Touch energy. Energy Shiatsu is designed to induce deep relaxation, full rest of the body and mind, and restoration of well-being and vitality. Energy Shiatsu is performed on a massage table with the patient clothed. See Shiatsu and Reiki treatments for more information.

Reiki – with no or minimal touch practitioner channels energy in a particular pattern to heal, harmonize, balance or restore order to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced. Main benefits include deep relaxation, clearing of energy blockages, detoxification of body systems, new vitality in the form of healing Universal life energy, and increase of vibrational/divine frequency of the body. Reiki is usually performed on a massage table with the patient clothed.

Swedish or Therapeutic massage – most commonly known massage for stress relief, relaxation and releasing of cramped or tense muscles. Swedish is a whole body massage, while Therapeutic massage focuses on specific areas or problems. Using oils and pressure or rubbing, the main purpose of these massages is an increase of the oxygen flow in the blood, release of toxins from the muscles, and stretch ligaments and tendons. The massages also stimulate the skin and nervous system while soothing the nerves at the same time. They reduce physical and emotional stress, and therefore regular sessions are highly recommended for stress management.

Hot Stone massage – deep relaxation is induced by gliding or placing smooth heated cobble stones over different points on the body. As the heat penetrates deep into the muscles, it soothes and melts away tension and stress. It also calms nervous system, helps increase circulation of both blood and lymph systems, and simulates the body’s natural self-healing energies.

Reflexology – holistic healing technique applied to feet and sometimes hands aimed to induce a state of balance and harmony in the body, mind and spirit. It is based on a principle that areas on feet (and hands) correspond to all the parts and organs of the body. Pressure applied to specific points on feet (or hands) clears congestion and restores normal functioning and health in the connected related areas.

Craniosacral therapy – gentle touch and manipulation from cranium (skull) to sacrum (pelvis bone) to regulate cerebrospinal fluid and its "respiration" along the spine to relieve headache stress and tension.

Lomi Lomi – Hawaiian massage method uses spiritualism, rubbing techniques and direct pressure to encourage whole-body health and spiritual harmony.

Aroma or Ayurvedic Therapy – using a combination of different essential oils together with a hand or palm massage, a revitalizing balance is achieved on physiological and emotional levels.

Chair massage – designed for quick on-the-go fully clothed sessions for quick relief, mostly only of shoulders, neck and back. Usually there is lack of privacy that prohibits full relaxation.

Palliative massage – soothing and nurturing massage for people with terminal illness, degenerating disease, chronic stress, or with aches and pains of an aging body. The goal is offer comfort and freedom from pain.

Deep Tissue, Mixed or Specialized Massages


Energy Shiatsu – a highly customized treatment utilizing Tokujiro Namikoshi style of Shiatsu deep tissue massage with an addition of Reiki and Healing Touch energy. Reiki releases energetic blockages in the body and Shiatsu stimulates key pressure points along body Meridians to restore physical well-being. Energy Shiatsu is performed on a massage table with the patient clothed. See Shiatsu, Deep Tissue massage, and Reiki for more information.

Shiatsu – a unique, non-invasive treatment designed to stimulate the body's inherent ability to heal itself. Shiatsu helps restore the body systems to work at their optimal level and make you overall healthy. Shiatsu helps melt away muscle tension and work-related stress, headaches and back pain. A weekly or biweekly Shiatsu can boost your mental, physical and creative performance to the peak level. It is one of the best kept secrets of top athletes, singers, performers and business executives. The true Japanese Shiatsu is gentle and soothing. It can balance all body systems including muscular, nervous, immune, digestive, lymphatic, and others. Shiatsu is performed on a massage table or padded floor with the patient clothed.

Deep Tissue massage – a massage that focuses on deeper layers of muscle tissue and aims to release chronic muscle pain or tension. It annihilates muscle fiber knots, removes toxins, treats stiff and painful spots, and can break up or eliminate muscle scar tissue. Due to the invasive nature of this massage, it can be painful during and right after the session, with most relief from soreness manifesting within a day or two. This type of massage is ideal for athletes or people undergoing physiotherapy.

Sports massage – combining Deep Tissue massage, Shiatsu, Swedish massage, and optionally Myofascial Release sports massage is designed primarily for highly active people. It identifies and addresses problems areas before they develop into injuries (or treats injuries), increases range of motion and performance, increases or restores suppleness and elasticity, frees muscle adhesions, and increases body awareness reminding to be more diligent with stretching after workouts.

Thai massage – an active and energizing massage involving manipulation, movement, stretching, kneading, and even being walked on. Thai massage improves energy, flexibility, and overall well-being. It is usually performed on a padded floor with the patient clothed.

Tui na (or Japanese Anma) – a Chinese form of deep tissue manipulative treatment designed to open and balance body’s energy centres and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. It uses gentle brushing or very firm kneading, rolling, pressing, rubbing, shaking, lifting and squeezing. Tui na is usually performed on a massage table or padded floor with the patient clothed.

Orthopedic massage – often part of a rehabilitation program following an injury, orthopedic massage treats specific condition or area of the body.

Trigger Point therapy – similarly to but unlike Deep Tissue massage which works directly with the problem areas, Trigger Point massage focuses on specific areas of the body that affect or trigger other parts of the body. The practitioner works deeply on the source problem muscles to release and unclutch the destination problem muscles.

Neuromuscular therapy – a subset of Trigger Point therapy where a highly trained practitioner applies pressure to areas that are sensitive to touch or with muscle spasms to treat injuries, chronic pain involving muscular or nervous systems, poor circulation or posture problems. Neuromuscular therapy might be painful at first, but it should relax as circulation of oxygen and blood is restored to the muscles.


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What type of massage is best for me?

Refer to the detailed list below or follow this 5-question quiz >>>

Relaxation Massages


"Centering" / Balancing / Relaxation / Emotional Healing / Spiritual Healing
• Energy Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Reflexology, Aroma, Craniosacral, Palliative - healing touch and Energy work

Slightly Sore / Stiff / Tight Muscles
• Energy Shiatsu, Swedish, Hot Stone - loosen the muscles and stimulate circulation

Stress / Tension / Poor Sleep / Anxiety / Depression
• Energy Shiatsu, Swedish, Aroma, Craniosacral - relax mind and body and create a sense of peace and well-being

Headaches / Migraines / Sinus Problems / Breathing disorders
• Energy Shiatsu, Craniosacral, Swedish, Reflexology, Aroma - relieve tension to feel at ease

Arthritis / Joint Pains
• Energy Shiatsu, Swedish, Reflexology, Aroma - reduce inflammation and ease aches and pains

Digestive problems / Circulatory problems
• Energy Shiatsu, Reflexology - stimulate key pressure points

Cancer / Tumors
• Complement Western medicine with a relaxation massage or Energy work to reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment, eg. reduce pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, depression, and improve immune system

Deep Tissue, Mixed or Specialized Massages


Very Tense Shoulders / Neck / High-Mid-Low Back
• MIXED: first relax the mind, release the tension, and calm the nervous system, then work muscles deeply
• Energy Shiatsu, Swedish, Thai, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Tui na

Sitting work: Shoulders / Forearms / Hands / Fingers / Carpal Tunnel
• Energy Shiatsu, Thai, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Reflexology - deep and slow pressure to soothe symptoms

Sore / Achy / Tired Feet / Calves / Legs
• Energy Shiatsu, Reflexology, Hot Stone, Thai, Deep Tissue, Sports - rejuvenate and restore circulation flow

Mild or Medium / Uncomfortable / Chronic Pain / Repetitive Strain
• Energy Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Thai, Tui na, Sports - general targeted manipulation

Sports / Physically Active / Maximum Performance
• Energy Shiatsu, Sports, Deep Tissue, Thai, Tui na - specific targeted manipulation

Injury / Illness Rehabilitation
• Energy Shiatsu, Orthopedic, Trigger Point / Neuromuscular, Sports - physical and Energy work

Fibromyalgia
• Ongoing Swedish massage, Thai massage, nurturing touch or gentle rocking to soothe aches
• Shiatsu, Acupressure, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue or Myofascial Release to refresh circulation and decrease spasms
• Pool/Water Exercise for increased movement
• Custom by-feel protocol including full body relaxation, movement of lymphs, and nutritional detox
• Chakra Balancing, Craniosacral therapy, Aroma therapy, Qi-Qong, Yoga to reduce stress and enable self-healing
• Life Coaching for emotional and mental energetic release and stress reduction


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