Massage Styles

Our therapists specialize in multiple massage modalities. Ask them to tailor your session to achieve what you need support with.

SWEDISH

Swedish technique, traditionally the basis for most American spa massage, is for relaxation and to assist the body in healing. Typically a series of smooth long and shorter strokes using oil, it helps alleviate stress and provides a soothing and calming experience.

SHIATSU

Shiatsu, which means “finger pressure, ” and is a point therapy without oil based on Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture principals. Gentle stretching and breath work can also be included.

SPORTS

A vigorous form of massage tailored to active people that combines stretching, deep strokes, trigger point work and rocking and shaking to stimulate the body and promote quick recovery after exercise.

DEEP TISSUE

Area specific and overall bodywork technique, using skillful, strong pressure. Less oil than in Swedish massage. Deep tissue focuses on the deeper layers of soft tissue including muscles, fascia, and tendons.

PREGNANCY

Nurturing and supportive, this bodywork relieves the stresses of a changing, mother-to-be body. Can be deep or light depending on the need of the client. Usually side lying, supported with pillows, and/or on one’s back using a wedge.

REFLEXOLOGY (FOOT)

Reflexology applies specific pressure to the feet and hands, without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of reflex areas throughout the body that correspond to points on the feet, and aims to improve functioning in those areas.

TRIGGER POINT

Trigger point therapy, also called neuromuscular therapy, is the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction. By skillfully using precise pressure at these points, the point and the referred area can be disarmed, creating more comfort, relaxation, and ease of movement.

THE MINDFUL BODY
2876 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-2639