Foot reflexology is based on an ancient system from China that leverages key pressure points on the feet thought to correspond to all areas of the body.
It is sometimes referred to as Zone Balancing. The philosophy behind this modality is that every body system, including the organs, endocrine system, energy meridians and nerves are mapped out on the feet.
Stimulating these points causes a reaction in the corresponding parts of the body.
The principles of reflexology are relaxation, bringing back a state of balance, release of toxins/toxic emotions, improving circulation in areas of congestion. You will be absolutely amazed at how relaxed you feel after receiving foot reflexology.
Full body massage is focused on relaxation. It consist of a variety of massage strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve circulation. Pressure is adjusted for comfort and variation.
The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy.
Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.
The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth - they have been smoothed over time by the river's current.
The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range.
The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.
The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.