You are in charge of how you feel.
Our society often promotes an unhealthy expectation that as you age, you naturally become uncomfortable. One of the most powerful messages basic relaxation massage can give to the world is you don't have to feel bad.
David Palmer, TouchPro Institute
Massage Snacks: Seated and Reclining Massage Styles
It is very difficult to fit a consistent schedule of massage into busy lives when one to two hours is needed to receive each session. The forms of relaxation and restorative massage that I offer are simply more accessible.
Recently, after a long interval without massage, I got a brief chair treatment. Such relief! After 18 years of study, I still don't understand why massage is such an intense sensory experience -- only that it is, and that it matters.
Paul Ingraham, Vancouver, Canada, PainScience.com
My seated and reclining massages can be done in as little as 15 minutes, or you can combine two styles to fit in an hour. 15 to 30 minute sessions are often available in my schedule when all the 60 minute sessions have been sold out. There are three main styles you can combine elements from:
If you want to relax the neck only as an introduction to receiving work on the scalp, choose Indian Head Massage. If your neck and shoulders are feeling tight, choose the "Sparring with Knots" Chair Massage. (I generally do chair massage in a straight backed chair, making it ideal for people of any size, shape, or mobility ability.) If your feet would like a little attention, choose Happy Feet.
When a Snack Isn't Enough -- Only a Full Meal Will Do
You Can Get Swedish Massage Anywhere. Although my initial massage training was in Swedish for relaxation and very uncomplicated working out of stiffness, I no longer offer Swedish massage sessions as a relaxation style.
Head Hands & Feet: Balance and Serenity
Instead I offer a 60 minute session on the table which focuses on the head, hands and feet. These are the areas with the greatest nervous system innervation. Your relaxation is not interrupted to roll over, and you only need to take your shoes off.
Panoramic Deep Tissue
Many of my standing clients are receiving sessions of Panoramic Deep Tissue, which focuses on mobilizing the body to maintain pain-free movement in the joints.
DIY - Meditation and Movement
Massage is not the only way to relax, of course. Sitting meditation and gentle movement practices (such as Taiji or Yoga) are highly recommended as methods of integrating body, mind and spirit. I think it's important to have a balanced diet of touch, stillness and movement to stay resilient in the face of stress.
Visit my CU DIY Wellness site for videos and tips on meditation and movement.
Quiet contemplation, where feeling and awareness of being replace the incessant thought stream produced by the ego...
- Master Yang Yang