CDP 6649

I believe that a massage is a “dance” – a back and forth exchange of energy which requires the practitioner to listen to the client’s subtle input. In order to do no harm and facilitate healing, it is imperative that the therapist be well-trained with a myriad of techniques to meet the unique energy rhythm of each individual. As a Thai Yoga practitioner, I seek to offer metta “love and kindness” to my clients in an accepting and respectful ambience.  Charles Dalpé

Swedish MassageCDP 6629

Swedish massage is designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking.

CDP 6578Massage “à la Charles”?

I don’t pretend that I have invented a “new massage”, I combine four different approaches that I have learned; Swedish, Sabai, Kalari and Thai yoga-massage. I like to be able to pick and choose from various techniques in order to better help my clients. A quick conversation takes place before the massage. By learning a bit about specific health aspects, about how the body feels, what type of pressure is preferred, etc… I will tailor my approach to answer the needs of my client. We will determine if the approach will be mostly therapeutic or mostly relaxing; not that one excludes the other. My goal is to address the therapeutic aspects while offering a deep relaxation. Offered on a large and comfortable massage table, with high quality oils (scented or unscented). The room is well heated in the winter and nicely cooled in the summer. The person may be fully or partly unclothed. Parts of the body will be covered with towels or sheets.CDP 6128

CDP 6524The four massage techniques:

Sabai massage

Sabai means to wish someone comfort, rest, happiness and wellness. It is a Thai oil massage technique that could be compare to the more popular Swedish massage. There is a clear intention to offer relaxation; the rhythm is slow, and each maneuver flows into the next with a nice fluidity.CDP 6175

Kalari massage

Kalari massage is an ayurvedic therapy used in India for thousands of years. Using long movements, sliding across the body, sometimes quick, sometimes deeper; from a foot to the hand, from this hand to the next foot, and so on. The intention is to balance the energetic system and to help the physical body, thus increasing the energy level and helping the body to heal itself.CDP 6215

CDP 6539Thai yoga-massage

Thai yoga-massage is a style of massage therapy where the practitioner actively stretches, and massages the body, and works on the client’s energy meridians.

Swedish massageCDP 6526

Swedish massage is designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.