• Swedish Massage is the most popular “Western” massage that combines long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on muscles; increases circulation of the blood, lymph, and vital energy; relaxes muscles and calms the nervous system.
• Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff necks, upper backs, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. The movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. This allows the practitioner to access the muscles and connective tissue in a minimally painful way. client comfort is always key.
• Specific Injury Massage focuses the entire treatment on specific problem areas to promote recovery. Combined techniques like Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point work are often used. Hot or cold packs may be applied.
• Sports Massage is geared specifically to the person who is in training for a particular sport. The focus is on injury prevention, maximizing performance, and injury treatment. The massage is usually vigorous and employs cross-friction, compression, pressure points, and strokes for increasing circulation. This type of massage is not limited to correction or relief of sports injuries – it can be used to help athletes better their performance, increase blood flow to critical body parts and increase range of motion. Massage is therapeutic for any strength or cardio-based athletics, including both team sports and individual sports such as tennis, running, yoga and many more.
• Thai Massage involves stretching, deep tissue manipulation and work with lines of energy known as Sen lines. It is usually performed on the floor with the client wearing comfortable clothes that allow for movement. The client may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions, but deep static and rhythmic pressure form the core of the massage. Compression style pressure and stroking motions move blood, aiding normal circulation, and realign knotted muscles for improved movement. Even though the client is being passively moved quite a bit, Thai Massage is deeply relaxing.
• Pregnancy Massage Prenatal massage can relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your body. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve got sore feet an aching back, hips and neck. Prenatal massage will also help with the congestion in the legs. We have a pregnancy table that allows you to lie face down up to a certain point and then we have you bolstered with lots of pillows and then work sidelying.
• CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
• Positional Release Therapy is a technique where the therapist finds a tender point on the body and applies a slight amount of pressure to it. While applying pressure the therapist uses their in-depth knowledge of muscle and skeletal structures to passively move other parts of the body to give, what is essential, a very technical sort of stretch. The muscle relaxes and releases the pressure it is holding.
• Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points which are the same as the points acupuncture uses. This stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and increases vibrant health.