Swedish therapeutic massage is a very popular type of massage. In this type of massage, the therapist uses various styles of long, flowing strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (light touch), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (compression), and vibration. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing pain and stress, improving the overall function of muscles and joints, and aiding in the healthy function of most bodily systems, including the digestive system, the cardio-respiratory system, the immune system, and more.
Normalization of Soft Tissue
To increase neuromuscular function, we use myofascial release, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques (METs), and deep tissue massage to treat specific injuries and dysfunctions of muscles and joints. Myofascial release involves releasing the bonds between the fascia, skin, and muscles. Trigger point (or pressure point) therapy involves reducing points that may refer pain sensations to other parts of the body. METs use resistive muscle stretches to reset old muscle patterns. These techniques, used together with others, aim to eliminate pain and to increase range of motion and function in muscles and joints. This type of massage is ideal for athletes of all types and disciplines, as well as for clients with chronic pain or injuries.
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
This is a wonderfully relaxing and beneficial massage for the new mother or mother-to-be. Special attention is paid to the lower back, hips, and legs, and of course anywhere else that the mother needs it. This type of massage is offered on a table for women in all stages of pregnancy or post-pregnancy, with special bolstering and positioning to provide maximum comfort for these special clients. Please note that, due to the extra time required for bolstering, clients need to schedule sessions of 90 minutes or longer.
Visceral massage aids in healthy digestion, relieves pain, helps regulate healthy bowel movements, and assists in the detoxification process. Just like our muscles, our organs can became hardened, form trigger points, and become adhered to each other or to other bodily structures. This inhibits blood flow, causes (and refers) pain and tension, and restricts normal movement. These issues in the organs can affect the diaphragm, ribs, pelvis, and spine, and can even lead to postural distortion if not released. Visceral massage treatment is done slowly and gently.
Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. The benefits of reflexology have to do partly with the reduction of stress; because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the whole body, they are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset the body's equilibrium.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage can be beneficial for relaxation, injury rehabilitation, and energetic grounding. Using stones as massage tools on the body adds a comforting weight and depth to the work in addition to heat. And when it comes to relaxation time, hot stones set in certain placement patterns on the body can take you remarkably deep into your body and into the moment. Many people end up leaving a hot stone massage feeling as relaxed as if they'd been on vacation for a whole week!
Aromatherapy involves the use of volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. We provide the oils, and we create custom blends for each client according to their specific requests and needs. Aromatherapy is designed to specifically and uniquely affect the nervous, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic systems of clients to awake the psyche and the senses. Aromatherapy can be combined with any other type of massage.
At the center of our body, we have seven energy centers called chakras. They are like spinning wheels of color and light that receive, process, and transmit energy, and they reside in and intertwine with our physical bodies. In this life, there are many ways for the chakras to become misaligned or depleted, and when that happens, your life force cannot flow freely. Our chakra balancing therapy is done off the body (without touch), and is intended to bring balance and increased vibration to your energy centers. With this healing, your full life force energy works in your favor, and you may find that you have a greater ability to eradicate stress, pain, and illness, and that you can more freely experience your life with joy.
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