Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the United States. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health, using long flowing strokes. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.
The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation, decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion. Depending upon preference, this massage can range from a light to deep technique.
Deep connective tissue massage as the name suggests, aims to affect at the deeper tissue structure of the fascia and muscles. This technique directly affects the connective tissues – tissues that surround protect and support all other structures in the body.
Swedish massage and deep connective tissue massage have many movements in common but they differ in pressures used, the latter one uses more intense pressure and more structural work, and it can be a bit uncomfortable as compared to the Swedish massage. This technique is effective in releasing restrictions in the muscles, non-contractile supportive connective tissue, and contractile supportive tissue, and can be directed to specific problem to release adhesions in the surrounding connective tissue.
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy is sometimes regarded as one of a group of treatment approaches called neuromuscular therapy or NMT.
Trigger points are thought to result from a variety of causes, including birth trauma, hypoglycemia, vitamin B6 deficiency, food allergies, traumatic injuries, poor posture, skeletal asymmetry, overexertion, or such diseases of the digestive tract as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. During times of physical or emotional stress, the points cause muscles to spasm.
The object is to eliminate pain and to reeducate the muscles into pain-free habits. The swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, and flexibility and coordination are improved.
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively.
The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Pregnant women have often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding the safety and purpose of massage during pregnancy. Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor
Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy. Only for 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
A hot stone massage is a massage that uses smooth, flat, and heated rocks placed at key points on the body. Generally the rocks used in a hot stone massage are basalt, which has high heat retention qualities. Hot stones are placed in water and heated to within a certain temperature range before placement on the body.
The hot stones are usually placed on specific points on the back, but can be placed other places such as between the toes, or in the palms of the hands. The heat of the rocks cause muscles to relax, and tension to be released.
Our aromatherapy uses essential oils placed on the bottom of the feet as well as blended into the massage oil or cream.The client will choose 3 to 4 of our therapeutic oils based on what they are hoping to achieve. Some oils are used for relaxation, restoring and repairing, some will awaken or evoke a pleasant memory that is specific to the one receiving.
This is a blissful treatment for relaxation, uplifting the senses and promoting a feeling of well-being. The benefits of aromatherapy can aid the body to heal, restore, repair, and rid itself of environmental toxins and pollutants, increasing circulation, and calming the nervous system.
The most widely used essential oil, it combats insomnia, calms, and balances the mind and emotions, and helps ease irritability.
Highly used for respiratory congestion, eucalyptus helps bring comfort when experiencing loss and grief. This oil is also used during periods of physical and mental fatigue and exhaustion.
Peppermint adds a sense of excitement and enthusiasm. It is great for a pick-me-up or after a long period of depression. This oil is used for headaches, nausea, and motion sickness.
May influence healing, improve memory, and create a feeling of protection and courage. It can also cause a good sleep, generally culminating in stimulating dreams.
Orange is used for added energy to the mind and body and a sense of clarity, which makes it useful during times of indecisiveness.
(*Orange essential oil may irritate the skin.)
Reflexology is the practice of strategically applying pressure to areas of the feet and hands as they correspond with specific body organs. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, we can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin build-up in the corresponding organs and systems of the body.
Reflexology is safe and effective for everyone. Furthermore, it can be used throughout one’s lifetime. Research has found that not only is it beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, but it is also an effective tool for improving circulation; relieving pain, detoxification, recovering from surgery, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator.
A moisturizing treatment for dry feet & heels, cleans & exfoliates, removes dead skin, stimulates lymph & increases circulation.