A Touch Tip Sheet

THE BASICS

--Ayurvedic: Gentle surface massage aimed at calming the nerves and stimulating blood flow

--Reflexology: Stimulation of points on the hands and feet that are thought to correspond to other areas of the body

--Shiatsu: A pattern of finger-thumb-palm movements along acupressure points

--Swedish: A system of long strokes, kneading and friction on the surface layer of muscles. Also involves movement of the joints. The most common form of massage

--Thai: Assisted stretches combining acupressure and yoga positions to focus on specific points on the body

VARIATIONS

--Deep tissue: Slow strokes and heavy finger pressure applied to areas of chronic...

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