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Swedish Massage: ("accent optional"- Phil Dunphy)

Swedish massage is the what most of us think about when we hear the word massage.  It is the most commonly requested type of massage today.  The purpose of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body, but it also has a number of other health benefits.  Swedish massage improves blood circulation, increases the level of oxygen in the blood, improves flexibility, eases tension and helps with pain management.  This is accomplished by using a variety of techniques, primarily rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes. Other techniques used include kneading a muscle, cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots (adhesions), and stretching.  

Massage Kneads massage is a mix of everything, but is considered therapeutic massage as we want to address specific areas of your concern but also relax you. I am not a DEEP tissue therapist. I can do firm pressure. I don't like working on one area for 45 minutes to an hour. I like to integrate the whole body into the massage as the body is all connected and I would rather give a more balanced massage. 

Event Chair Massage:

Do you have a corporate or family event coming up?  Or perhaps a girl’s spa day at home?  I am always available for your events with my massage chair.  Chair massage is a fun way to help clients, employees, family and friends enjoy the benefits of massage.  Think of me the next time you have a corporate meeting where I can help ease the stress of the day, or a family event like a wedding or reunion to add some extra relaxation to your friends and family.  Massage chairs are lightweight and portable so it is easy to get to almost any event you have in mind.


Cupping Massage:

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

The cups may be made of: Glass, Bamboo, Earthenware, Silicone

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

During fire cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, put the cup upside down on your skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.

You might get 3-5 cups in your first session. Or you might just try one to see how it goes. It’s rare to get more than 5-7 cups, the British Cupping Society notes.

What Does the Research Show?

There haven’t been many scientific studies on cupping.

One report, published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, notes that it could help with acne, herpes zoster, and pain management.

That’s similar to the findings from a 2012 report, published in PLoS One. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when people also get other treatments, like acupuncture or medications, for various diseases and conditions, such as:

Herpes zoster, Acne, Facial paralysis, Cervical spondylosis

But those researchers noted many of the studies they reviewed could have been biased and that better studies are needed.

The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat:

Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia, Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, Fertility and gynecological disorders, Skin problems such as eczema and acne, High blood pressure, Migraines, Anxiety and depression, Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma, Varicose veins

There isn’t research to back all of that up.

Side Effects

Cupping is fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained health professional. But you could have these side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin:

Mild discomfort, Burns, Bruises, Skin infection

What to Ask Your Doctor First

Talk with your doctor before you start cupping or any other type of alternative or complementary medicine. And talk extensively with your cupping therapist, too, before you try it. Ask:

What conditions do they use cupping for?

What is your training?

What is your experience in using it?

Am I already getting the standard treatments for my condition?

Are there reasons I should not get cupping?

To learn more, click on this fire by Lisa Dowling Click Here

Reflexology massage:

Pinpoints the feet, hands, and ears, using specific touch on these areas which serve as miniature maps of the whole body, allowing the corresponding organs, glands, and body parts to be affected. Reflexology can help with circulation, ease pain, and promote relaxation.  Trained in the Flocco Foot, Hand, Ear (FHE) Method of Reflexology from the American Academy of Reflexology


Craniosacral therapy (CST):

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique that uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity. The accepted form of education is from Upledger, so make sure they have the proper education for your safety. 

Tamee Cooper, Therabee


Sports Massage Therapy

I don't do it, so if you are an athlete or someone who works out that they require sports massage contact these people:

Thyme To Unwind Orangevale/Folsom, CA 

JOTS Rancho Cordova, CA


Couples Massages:

I am capable, but I am only one person  so the appointments will be back to back. If you wish to have a couples massage in the same room or different rooms but at the same time contact:

Angel Among You (different rooms) Fair Oaks, CA


I am not certified in pre-natal massage. I would find a Massage Therapist who has undergone a Pre-natal Massage Therapy course of at least 30 hours. Be specific in your search for one, and ask questions about  how many hours they have had in training, if they have the equipment to accommodate your needs (pillows, wedges, pregnancy pillow), and if  you are allergic to any smells let them ahead of time so as not to use any. 

Loving Mother Massage Andrea Murphy 916-426-6620




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