There's no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. Below are our massage services.
SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY
Swedish massage is performed with one primary goal: to relax the entire body. Our Swedish therapy goes beyond relaxation and is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxicity and improving circulation and flexibility. All these benefits are included while still easing away your tension.
DEEP TISSUE THERAPY
Deep tissue massage, also known as a medical massage, is similar to Swedish massage but with deeper pressure. This massage is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding and connecting all muscles, bones and joints).
SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports massage is geared towards athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. Sports massage focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often intense movements used during sports. This therapy is used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Sports massage promotes flexibility and endurance, while also helping prevent injury by preparing the body for optimal performance.
Manual lymphatic drainage, or lymphatic massage, is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. Lymphatic massage is commonly used for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid. Lymphedema can occur for many reasons such as lymph nodes removal during surgery, most often a mastectomy for breast cancer. Lymphedema can also be present at birth or develop at puberty or during adulthood for many reasons.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. This therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic issues such as migraines, neck and back pain and much more.
HOT STONE THERAPY
Hot Stone Therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. The direct heat from the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to access deeper muscle layers. Stone massage reduces pain, muscle spasm, tension, flexibility and chronic conditions.
Thai massage is performed in loose clothing on a mat on the floor. The receiver encounters rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. The client is encouraged to zone out and relax. This treatment is designed to engage and energize.
Reflexology is a massage treatment where the therapist works on “reflex points” on your feet, hands, and head (especially ears). The theory behind reflexology is that these reflex points relate to specific organs and glands in the body, and stimulating those points with finger pressure promotes health in those organs and glands via the body’s energetic pathways.When done by a skilled practitioner, reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment with benefits that can be felt throughout the body. The therapist will use various techniques that include holds, finger pressure, kneading, rotation and rubbing.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.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 strong consideration during most if not all pregnancies.