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Body and Soul

Staying safe, healthy and comfortably dressed from head to toe all ski season long.

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WHAT'S THE RUB

Chicken Soup for the Muscles

Bodywork is like chicken soup for the muscles. It’s soothing, calming, and just what the doctor ordered. Massage treats illness by boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure and helping the body flush out toxins. There are dozens of massage therapists in the Valley who provide countless treatments and just as many different techniques. The following range of therapies are all well-suited for sports massage and all offer the same outcome—making you feel better.

 

Ashiatsu: Translating from Japanese literally as foot (ashi) pressure (atsu), ashiatsu gives new meaning to foot massage. Feet are used in place of hands (bars hang from the ceiling to balance the therapist), to work deeper tissue, glide over muscles and move fascia. Great for deap pain.

Swedish Massage: Created at the turn of the last century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden, this technique was developed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones. Swedish massage uses kneading, circular friction and tapping techniques, along with long, flowing strokes, always rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Shiatsu: Shiatsu translates as finger pressure and uses thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms and sometimes knees and feet to apply pressure at specific points related to the central and autonomic nervous systems.

Muscle Cupping: While relatively new to this country, the technique of muscle cupping is centuries old and draws upon traditional Chinese medicine. It works well as a soft tissue detox by using cups to suction skin away from the bone as a way to re-distribute soft tissue fluids and release toxins.

And remember that a good massage therapist will employ a variety of techniques, often combining one or two or more of the above with other methods based on each client’s specific needs. So be sure to discuss any special concerns or injuries with your practitioner prior to your treatment. -Jody Orr

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