Therapeutic and Medical Massage at Aster Acupuncture.
Customize your Massage with our Massage Modalities at Aster Acupuncture in Oakland
Choose one style of Massage, from the folllowing:
* Shiatsu Massage
* Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy
* Tui Na ( Chinese Medical massage)
* Deep Tissue Massage
* Myofascial Release
* Sports- Orthopedic Acupressure Massage
* Yin Shin Acupressure for Emotional Balancing.
* Prenatal and Post Natal Massage
* Swedish Massage.
* Integrated Ashiatsu Massage. 1hr, 1,5 hrs, 2 hrs.
Ashiatsu is a traditional form of Asian bodywork designed to enhance and restore health. Through the application of pressure and stretching techniques Ashiatsu relieves muscle tension, eases stiffness, and realigns the structures of the body. Pressure along energy pathways of the body moves stagnant energy, clears energy blocks and brings the body into balance. Ashiatsu works on a physical, emotional and spiritual plane. This treatment is deeply relaxing, and has an overall calming effect, allowing the body the opportunity to heal itself. Regular Ashiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives. Masja's Ashiatsu sessions takes place on a lowered massage table, she has the ability to hold on to bars on the ceiling, to give you a deep massage that is a combination of Anma Deep Tissue-, Integrated Deep Swedish-, and Ashiatsu Massage. Following an A- Shiatsu session people often say that they feel relaxed, calm, balanced and invigorated to take on life's challenges. In A-Shiatsu, a Japanese technique deep pressure is applied to the acupressure points to help redirect your body's Qi. The Massage feels like a Deep Swedish, or Deep Tissue massage. Good for tight, achy muscles, and people that like a very Deep Massage.
*Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)1 hr or 1,5 hrs.: To those who've experienced both Acupressure and Shiatsu, a Tui Na session may seem like a cross between the two. Like Shiatsu,Tui Na uses rythmic compression along energy channels in the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Like Acupressure, Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the bodies Acupressure points. To a Westener, Tui Na is the form of Asian bodywork most closely resembling conventional Western Massage.
Tui Na is more specifically therapeutic than the simple relaxation of a Swedish style Massage.
One of Tui Na's advantages over simple Masssage is it's ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain, associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It's epecially effective for joint pain, (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck and shoulders, it also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches, ( including migaraines), and the tension associated with stress.
Tui Na does not simply work on the muscles, bones and joints, it works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. As the practitioner senses the client's body with her hands, she is able to asses the distribution of energy and affect it's flow. As with other styles of Asian bodywork, Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body's energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional wellbeing as well.
* Hot stone therapy and Shiatsu Massage combination; 1 hr, 1,5 hrs, 2 hrs.
This is a combination treatment containing the elements of; Water, heat, stones and Shiatsu Massage with finger, palm and elbow pressure. Hot river rocks glide over oil, Shiatsu Massage is used to Massage the meridians. The therapist will bring more and more warm rocks , and place them on the body, focussing in on areas of tension, stress, or injuries. This massage is recommended to people who have stresses and injuries that are more persistent or serious, are hard to heal, or have become chronic. People describe Hot stone therapy as a very relaxing treatment; some fall asleep during treatment, and they find it very effective in healing their injuries, making their pain disappear, increase their range of motion and flexibility, and improve their circulation.
* Anma Deep Tissue Massage: 30 min, 45 min, 1hr or 1,5 hrs.
Deep Tissue work is not painfull and can be very nurturing. Masja doesn't believe that painful work is necessarily more effective. Deep Tissue Massage is the understanding of the layers of the body, and the ability to work with tissue in these layers to relax, lenghten, and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible. During Deep Tissue Massage there is less emphasis on pleasure as the primary goal and more emphasis on altering structure and muscle restrictions. In this massage cross fiber/ friction deep tissue work, is integrated with the kneading from Anma Shiatsu. Anma is a traditional Japanese technique that combines kneading and deep tissue work. Designed to remove severe tension deep tissue massage is a technique used to relieve both muscle and connective tissue below the surface. With stretching it helps to improve your range of motion, move fluids, and heal injuries, stiffness and pain.
* Sports-orthopedic Acupressure Massage 1 hr or 1,5 hrs.
This Massage is for people with sports injuries, injured workers or people who got injured in car accidents, etc
The focus of this Massage is less on delivering a complete full body Massage, and more focussed on specific injured areas. Acupressure is very suitable to treat areas of inflammation, pain, and swelling, because pressure on the Acupressure points reduces inflammation, by moving stuck qi and blood through the meridians, and out of the body. I reccomend that you rest after your Massage, and drink plenty of fluids, and herb teas so that you can help your body heal, and flush out all the toxins that have built up due to your injury, and then got released during your Massage.
In the days after your Massage you should feel less pain, and have less swelling and inflammation, and move around more freely.
*Massage Therapy and cupping combination treatment: 1 hr, or 1,5 hr.
You will receive the benefits of both moving cupping; a treatment where the therapist moves small glass cups over oil, over your shoulders, back, and neck, and legs, to reduce inflammation, and improve circulation.
The cupping treatment is seamlessly blended with a Therapeutic Massage of your choice; choose from; Sports/Orthopedic Acupressure, Shiatsu, or Tui Na Massage.
This treatment is great for treating acute injuries, and for sports people, or people with very tight muscles. The treatment feels like a vigorous Massage ,it is a strong treatment, good for people with tight muscles, good for office workers, or athletes/ sports people, and can help you in your recovery after a serious injury or after a sporting event. Ask me if cupping is reccomended for you, since it is suitable for specific conditions.
*Yin Shin Acupressure Massage and Moxa combination: 1 hr.
You will recieve a treatment with Moxa ( Artemisia), a warming, tonifying herb. A smokeless, odorless moxa stick is moved above the skin along the Acu meridians and points. This is a warming, tonifying and rejuvinating treatment great for people with cold type arthritis, chronic conditions, fatigue and weakness. After this you will recieve a relaxing, gentle Acupressure massage. Ask me if Moxa is reccomended for you, since it is suitable for specific conditions.
Yin Shin Acupressure Massage: 1 hr or 1,5 hrs.
Yin Shin Acupressure Massage is a meridian massage from the crown of your head to your tippy toes. Yin Shin Acupressure is a style with a gentle pressure on the Acupressure points. Endorphins are released into the body and dissolve pain and tension. The meridians are gently massaged with some massage oil. Health and wellness are stimulated and the circulation improves. The flexibility of the body, and focus of the mind expands. Stress diminishes and the emotions are balanced.
* Swedish Integrated Massage: 1 hr or 1,5 hrs.
The Focus of this Therapeutic Massage is relaxing the Body- Mind -Spirit.By integrating the gentle energy work of Yin Shin Acupressure,into the Swedish Massage, the body rests, and the Mind can let go of every day stresses., and the emotions can find balance. This Massage has light to medium pressure, and doesn't treat injuries, and very tight muscles. If your body is very tight, and you have one or more injuries, but you still would like to be ablle to relax during your Massage, perhaps Deep Swedish Massage would be a better fit for you.
This relaxing Swedish integrated Massage is often the baseline for clients. A Swedish massage session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes more relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas of muscular tension. Gentle Yin Shin Acupressure is integrated into the massage, with very light pressure along the Acupressure lines. Often a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. This massage is for people who enjoy light to medium pressure, and would like a full body Massage with the focus on relaxation.
Deep Swedish Integrated Massage: 1 hr, or 1,5 hrs.
This Massage is for people who enjoy deep pressure, would like to relax, but have one or more injuries, or a lot of muscle tension. Deep Swedish Integrated Massage may start with broad flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes more relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas of muscular tension, knots, and injuries. Deep Swedish is an Integration between Swedish, and Anma Deep Tissue Massage. Strong effleurage may be complemented with the kneading that characterizes Anma Deep Tissue, some deep friction work, and the holding and massaging of Acupressure points, will all help heal your injuries and bring you back into balance.
*Prenatal Massage: 1 hr or 1,5 hrs.
For this relaxing Massage you'll lie on your side with pillows to support you and your baby. Masja is an experienced prenatal massage therapist, who knows where a pregnant women's sore spots arelikely to be, and maybe able to provide some relief. ( She'll also know which areas and techniques to avoid.) Still it's important to communicate with her where you need attention. The benefits of pregnancy massage are that it reduces stress,promotes relaxation and normal blood pressure, emotional support and physical nurturing.
Enjoy our Massage Therapy modalities, and call us to inquire how Massage Therapy can benefit you, and schedule your first Massage Therapy or Bay Area Acupuncture appointment.