By Massage Therapy Program Chair Terri Clements
A number of different modalities (techniques) are included in the massage therapy program in order to give the students a wide variety of skills and experience. These different modalities include Swedish massage (what most people think of when they envision massage – long flowing strokes with relaxation as the intent); deep tissue (the “deeper,” more anatomically precise work used to alleviate specific and often times chronic pain); Thai massage (which comes from an Eastern background, which is done fully clothed and on a mat on the floor with assisted stretching as its core), and others.
For Winter Quarter 2015, massage therapy program students are focusing on Spa Techniques and Hot Stone Massage, including exfoliation, body wraps (both seaweed and mud – or thallasotherapy and fangotherapy), water room treatments, reflexology and hot stone massage.
Not only do the massage therapy students have the opportunity to learn and practice these skills, but all students at MSB-Lakeville have the opportunity to experience these. This quarter, the Student Massage Clinic is offering three different services – an Aromatherapy Massage or Back Wrap, a Reflexology/Foot Treatment service, and a Hot Stone Massage.
The Aromatherapy Massage – 60 minutes. Uses fragrant oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance the benefits of a Swedish massage. Before the session begins, you will choose one of three either single note aromas or a unique oil blend to be used in your massage oil. The student massage therapist will explain the benefits of each oil and help you determine which will work best for you.
The Back Wrap – 60 minutes. Uses either seaweed (NOTE: if you are allergic to seafood, you cannot choose the seaweed wrap) or a healing mud. During your Swedish massage, the therapist will exfoliate your back and apply the product, letting it “work” for 15-20 minutes.
Mud – Mud has natural healing properties that have been utilized for centuries. To begin with, mud is a detoxifier. It stimulates blood flow underneath the skin and pulls out toxins that have entered your body through the food you eat, the chemicals in the air and any medicines you may take. As a result of the mud wrap process, your skin is left feeling cleaner, softer and healthier.
Seaweed – A seaweed wrap helps to eliminate toxins from your body, removes dead skin, moisturizes and helps improve your skin’s elasticity and ability to regenerate. It provides iodine, proteins, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The product has added essential oils so the aroma of the seaweed wrap is pleasant and relaxing.
Reflexology/Foot Treatment – 45 minutes. Your feet will be pampered during this service with a salt and oil exfoliation, use of reflexology massage techniques, and then a moisturizing final step. Your student therapist will explain the reflexology techniques and how this can effect and relax your entire body. If you like foot rubs, try this one!
Hot Stone – 90 minutes. Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply and more quickly. Oil is used both on your body and on the stones to increase the glide and smooth the feel of the stones.
Clinics will be held on Mondays, Feb. 23, March 2, and March 9. Call or stop by the front desk to schedule your appointment.