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REIKI Practitioners of this therapy
rest their hands lightly on various
parts of the head, on the front and
back of the torso, and the limbs,
according to Pamela Miles, author of
REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide
Reiki master based in New York City.
Clients receive Reiki treatments
fully clothed on a treatment table
or sometimes seated comfortably
in a chair. Sessions typically last
between 45 and 90 minutes. There
is usually no talking during the
treatment, allowing for even deeper
relaxation, according to Miles, who
has helped establish Reiki programs
in hospitals that help patients
manage pain and anxiety.
May help with pain and
anxiety, along with relief of tension.
Also can help clear your mind and
make you feel more invigorated.
SPO R T S M ASSAGE Designed
to help athletes perform better and
recover faster, sports massage can
help the average weekend warrior as
well, says Griffith. Often this type
of massage is concentrated on a
specific troublesome area, such as a
sore shoulder or leg and typically
lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. It
combines techniques from Swedish
and deep-tissue massage.
after participating in an athletic event
and may speed recovery time. Some
clients use this type of massage to
help recover from injuries.
PREGNANCY M ASSAGE
Borrowing some techniques from
Swedish massage, this type of
massage should only be performed
by a therapist trained in pregnancy
massage. Consult your doctor before
any such treatment. The focus of this
type of massage is on the parts that
suffer most during pregnancy: neck,
shoulders, lower back.
Can reduce aches and
pains as the body changes during
pregnancy. During labor, it may ease
pain and speed healing after delivery.
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