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Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury.
NOTE: This service may be broken into shorter, more frequent sessions and fees will be reduced accordingly.
Myofascial Release is very slow, broader touch, which helps to unwind the fascial layers in the body. A stretching sensation, myofascial release is ideal for chronic injuries, specifically Lumbar and Cervical areas of the spine.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
**Hot Stones Massage is a European specialty massage that uses smooth, heated basalt stones. Basalt stones are a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. The stones are used by the therapist to gently massage with, and to place around on top of your muscles, along the spine, in the palms of your hands and sometimes between your toes for increased energy flow. The deep penetrating heat helps tight muscles release. This is a deeply relaxing and soothing massage! **Only offered in the winter months.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness. Full body LMD requires a 90 min appointment.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health.During a session, I work in energetic connection with you in order to remove blockages, detoxify your energy system, and restore your vital life force energy. The Reiki technique utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Despite the sound, cupping is a very relaxing and calming form of healing. The practice, known by many names, originates as far back as 5,000 years. Today, it is commonly found in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and in complementary western medicine. The modality involves placing a cup (often glass, or bamboo) on the skin using a technique that creates a suction that gently pulls the skin and tissue up into the container. Unlike massage, which uses a positive pressure applied to the fascia, tissue and muscles, cupping creates a negative pressure from the vacuum inside the cup. This "pulling" removes deoxygenated blood and toxins that pool as it assists in bringing in a fresh flow of blood, oxygen and energy to the area.
Cupping is used for many issues, but here are some of the main targets for treatment: muscle & joint pain; stiffness; inflammation; restoration after rigorous athletic events. Other benefits include supporting respiratory function, improving circulation, skin tone & elasticity including reducing cellulite, acne and other skin ailments. It is also used to stimulate lymphatic drainage by lifting and removing stagnant blood and tissue. Cupping can affect up to 4 inches down into the tissue and five minutes of cupping can be equal to 30 minutes of deep tissue massage.
Please note, that cupping can leave a circular mark that looks much like a bruise (though it is NOT a bruise) that may last several hours, a few days or up to a couple weeks depending on the issues in the area. Cups may either be dragged along the body moving with the muscle/fasica or placed along troubled areas or acupressure points to create energy flow.
*Rates vary with service. Cupping can compliment a regular full body massage for an additional fee of $20.00
Oncology Massage is a special type of massage developed specifically for cancer patients. Cancer patients have unique needs which must be addressed to make sure that a massage is beneficial to their health. I focus my attention on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for you to relax into.
Geriatric massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. If you are elderly, geriatric massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, since the elderly don't typically receive enough physical touch, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.
Neuromuscular therapy is a system of massage techniques that were developed in the 1930's by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. It uses a holistic approach towards healing, emphasizing and stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
A full body Massage, will cover the entire body (head, hands, limbs, feet, gluts and abs if needed), and incorporates any mixture of techniques. It is tailored to each clients individual needs and can combine relaxation, stress release, energy work and/or rehabilitation. If you do not know what type of massage you want or may need, generally a full body massage of 60 or 90 minutes is the best approach. We can discuss your intentions prior to the massage.