Massage and Reiki Offerings
Treat Your Body and Mind to a Massage or Reiki Session
Refresh Yoga Center offers a full array of wellness services, including deep-tissue massage, aromatherapy, Reiki and much more. This is the perfect way to end your yoga class with us before you head out to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of King Street. Read more about all of our relaxing and therapeutic massage services and make a massage appointment with our Alexandria team today. Click here to schedule a massage , call us at 571-781-2548 , or email us at wellness@RefreshYogaCenter.com.
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and encourage relaxation
Swedish massage employs five different movements:
• long, gliding strokes or effleurage
• kneading of individual muscles or petrissage
Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage including deep tissue and aromatherapy.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense with intent to create thixotropy within the connective tissue. As a rule, deep tissue should not cause muscle bracing or for the client to have to catch her breath, as that would be physiologically counterproductive; however, tender areas of tension or injury may arise during the massage. Communication between therapist and client is essential.
Massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions is used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied.
Reiki is a form of subtle bio-energetic healing that is administered through light, non-invasive touch. People receiving Reiki treatments report reduced stress, pain, anxiety, and depression. Reiki can be used safely with other medical or healing treatments, and can be used to help manage the unpleasant side effects of radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery. Reiki has no known adverse effects.