Swedish Massage was developed from the Asian bodywork techniques, and is the most common form of massage experienced in the west. Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. This bodywork is done without clothing, but well draped. Strictly therapeutic; treating women, menand children.
Here at MIHOS Miami the Swedish Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
What Happens During A Swedish Massage
In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy.
You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.
After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table — face up or face down, and underneath the sheet or towel — and then leaves the room. He or she will knock or ask if you are ready before entering.
Why It’s Called Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839)at the University of Stockholm. In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.
Sports Massage is a contemporary Western massage which addresses specific needs of athletes during training, before or after events, to enhance performance, or promote healing post-injury. Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world- class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. It’s best to talk with one of our professional massage therapists to find a plan that will work best with your schedule, level of activity and budget.
Here at MIHOS Miami the Sports Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
What Happens During Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
When Should I Get A Sports Massage?
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem — a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also be a good idea to see a movement therapist, who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place.
The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area — a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring, for instance — rather than giving you a full-body massage. Sometimes men who are new to the spa are more comfortable getting a sports massage because it sounds more masculine. That’s fine, even if they don’t have an injury. No matter what type of massage you choose, the therapist should check in with you about what your needs and expectations are for the massage.
Deep Tissue is a strong Swedish massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connecting tissue, approaching chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.
Here at MIHOS Miami the Deep Tissue Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles andconnective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
How Does It Work? Techniques
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.
Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Lower back pain
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
Muscle tension or spasm
After a workout or bodybuilding
According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.
Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
Geriatric massage is a form of massage developed for use on the elderly. This style of massage addresses specific issues common to elderly individuals, such as increased fragility and sensitivity to touch. Elderly people often feel very isolated and alone, so focused touch from a skilled massage therapist or nurse can help ease depression, stress, and other emotions related to perceived isolation. Touch can also stimulate circulation, boost the immune system, and ease the aches and pains which plague many elderly bodies. Here at MIHOS Miami the Geriatric Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
What Happens During Geriatric Massage?
The skin of older people is very fragile, requiring the use of massage oil or cream and gentle massage techniques to avoid tearing or irritation. The goal of a geriatric massage session is usually to help the client relax, and to increase flexibility and ease joint pain. The massage tends to be very light and gentle, and the massage therapist or nurse stays very attuned to signs that the client might be experiencing discomfort. Sometimes, lightly brushing the skin is enough, while in other cases, slow circular massage moves may be used. Some patients also benefit from the gentle stimulation of pressure points. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being. Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.
When Should I Get A Geriatric Massage?
Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being.Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients. If you have a specific health condition, you should receive permission from your physician to proceed with massage. As with any population, there are certain conditions that are not recommended for massage, hence the importance of communication with your doctor. Once you have obtained permission, be sure to specify your preference for geriatric massage when scheduling your appointment.
Helpful Wellness Tip: Many clients who use geriatric massage have a friend or family member join them for their first visit to ensure they have a comfortable and relaxing experience. You may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear during your massage. Throughout the session, you will be properly draped or covered-only the area being worked on will be exposed.
Cocoa Massage revitalize skin cells and boost circulation. The caffeine present in cocoa also helps firm up the skin when applied topically. Additionally, the anti-oxidant properties of cocoa help protect the skin against damage and may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Cocoa paste is high in minerals, vitamins and may contain small flecks of cocoa beans as well making it ideal for exfoliation and skin peels. Cocoa massage oil helps improve circulation and softens the skin leaving it looking bright and youthful. In addition, the cocoa scent helps relax and soothe the body and mind and creates a more decadent therapeutic experience. Here at MIHOS Miami Cocoa Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
Chakra Balance Massage includes 20 minutes of Ayurveda, 20 minutes of Reiki and 50 minutes of Massage. This massage is a holistic therapy that focuses on the alignment of the client: physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically. Here at MIHOS Miami Chakra Balance Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
What is Chakra?
Chakra is an energy point or node in the subtle body. Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels called nadis. Nadis are channels in the subtle body through which the Universal life force (Prana) (non-physical) or vital energy (non-physical) moves. Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different number of chakras. There are many chakras in the subtle human body according to the tantric texts, but there are seven main chakras that are considered to be the most important ones in the physical body. The name Chakra derives from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “turning”, but in the yogic context a better translation of the word is ‘vortex or whirlpool’.
Root Chakra (Muladhara/I Am)
Location: Base of the spine between the tailbone and the pubic bone
Association: survival, security, primal needs, sexual energy, physical existence, grounding with mother earth, energy to succeed
Blockage/Imbalance: fearfulness, anxiousness, insecurity, frustration, obesity, anorexia, knee troubles
Sacral Chakra (Svadhistana/I Feel)
Location: Lower abdomen, below the navel and above the pubic bone
Association: emotions, feelings, passion, personality development, sexual energy, self-worth, confidence, creativity, sociability
Blockage/Imbalance: explosive behavior, manipulation, lethargic, obsessive sexuality,kidney troubles, stiffness, constipation
Solar Plexus (Manipura/I Do)
Location: Between the navel and the base of the sternum
Association: personal power, will, ego, authority, discipline, life purpose, self-respect,impulses
Blockage/Imbalance: confusion, lacking confidence, powerlessness, projected self-image, digestion issues, liver troubles, food allergies.
Heart (Anahata/I Love)
Location: Center of the chest between the breast plates and shoulder blades
Association: love, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, connecting body and spirit
Blockage/Imbalance: self-sorrow, paranoia, indecision, attachment, worthlessness, fear of vulnerability, high blood pressure, insomnia, breathing difficulties.
Throat (Vishuddha/I Speak)
Location: Center of the throat near the adam’s apple
Association: creativity, communication, listening, expression, healing, writing, where anger
is stored and released
Blockage/Imbalance: feeling timid, quiet, weak, suppressed expression, hyperthyroid issues, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations.
Third Eye (Ajna/I See)
Location: center of the head, above, between and behind the eyebrows
Association: personal power, will, ego, authority, discipline, life purpose, self-respect,
Blockage/Imbalance: confusion, lacking confidence, powerlessness, projected self-image,digestion issues, liver troubles, food allergies
Crown (Sahasrara/I Know)
Location: center of top of the head
Association: connection with spirituality/source, intuition
Blockage/Imbalance: apathy, unsocial, migraines
Cranio Sacral Massage is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy focused primarily on the concept of “primary respiration” and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. To do this, a practitioner will apply light touches to a patient’s skull, face, spine and pelvis. Here at MIHOS Miami Cranio Sacral Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
What is Cranio Sacral Massage?
Cranio Sacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on the wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. This therapy stems from In a typical one- to two-hour session, the client lies quietly, fully clothed, while the practitioner makes light contact at selected points around the head, torso, knees, and feet. This light contact consists of gentle finger pressure, with no bone manipulation or forceful thrusts such as those used in Chiropractic is a complete system of healthcare focused on restoring, preserving, and optimizing health by natural hands-on care. The practitioner notes what he or she perceives at selected points on the body and in the craniosacral system (the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord), as well as the client’s attitude and intentions. The goal of craniosacral therapy is to help get rid of restrictions in this system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
How could it benefit your health and wellbeing?
Some people use craniosacral therapy as an adjunct to other forms of treatment, including migraine headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma of any kind, post-surgical recovery, TMJ, and others. Craniosacral therapy does no harm when practiced sensitively and respectfully by a trained practitioner. It may support an attitude shift in clients toward a more direct and intimate sense of their own wellbeing, a feeling of “being more at peace with oneself.” It may also support a natural shift to self-acceptance, a more natural capacity for loving relations, and a sense of being connected to life.
What is the cerebrospinal wave?
There is a great deal of debate and conjecture in the literature on craniosacral therapy on the nature of the cerebrospinal wave, or the cranio-rhythmic impulse, including:
Where the pulse originates (this is not accounted for in the literature).
Whether or not cranial bones move (classical anatomists generally believe that the cranial sutures fuse in adulthood; craniosacral practitioners, on the other hand, believe that the cranial sutures have motility).
Whether or not there is a consistent, measurable pulse (there are various attempts to quantify the rate of cycles per minute of the craniosacral pulse, but so far they have been inconclusive).
Whether or not the presence of the practitioner influences the pulse (this issue goes to the heart of the dichotomy between integrative and allopathic philosophies – our perspective is that it is naïve to think that we don’t affect what we observe, or touch, or to which we put our attention).
Shiatsu Massage is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means “finger pressure”. Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, and palms; assisted stretching; and joint manipulation and mobilization.
Here at MIHOS Miami Shiatsu Massage is performed by real and professional therapists. Our Space is located between Wynwood and Design District. Come and meet us!
What about Shiatsu Massage?
Shiatsu is a holistic healing art developed in Japan and based on traditional 3500-year-old oriental medical wisdom while incorporating the principles of anatomy, physiology and pathology. The theory of traditional Chinese medicine proposes that energy, otherwise known as chi, qi (or ki in Japanese), moves through the body in well-defined channels or pathways known as meridians. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ and carries the energy of that organ’s functioning. Good health is reliant upon the harmonious flow of chi through the meridians and internal organs.
Shiatsu is a dynamic body therapy in which the therapist interacts with the receiver to restore balance in the energy system. Imbalance, that is, too little or too much chi, can manifest in various ailments, depending on which meridians are affected. Like most natural therapies, shiatsu is based on the assumption that the body is a self-healing organism, and that the role of the practitioner is to aid and support that naturally occurring process. Shiatsu can assist an individual with their self-development and self-healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition and addressing physical and psychological functions; promoting health and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.
Although the word shiatsu translates literally from the Japanese as ‘finger pressure’, in practice, the thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet are used to apply pressure to various parts of the body. Pressure can be gentle or firm, depending on the condition being treated. Treatment may also include the use of flowing stretches and gentle rotations of the limbs and joints, simple structural alignments and muscle release techniques. On a physical level this has the effect of stimulating circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid. It also works on the autonomic nervous system; helps to release toxins and deep-seated tension from the muscles, and can also stimulate the hormonal system. On a subtler level shiatsu allows the receiver to deeply relax, stimulating the body’s inherent ability for self healing and regeneration
The person receiving shiatsu remains clothed, or is covered by a sheet and treatment usually takes place on a futon on the floor. The effectiveness of shiatsu in maintaining balance may be supported with recommendations regarding diet, yoga, meditation and exercise as part of an overall treatment regime.