We provide many different types of massage. From a 15 minute chair massage to sessions of 90 minutes we offer a variety of different services.
Therapeutic massage: This service includes Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Hot Stone, trigger point techniques, myofascial release, stretching, and spontaneous muscle release technique. This session is tailored to each client’s outcome goals and medical history.
Prenatal massage: This is a session just for expecting moms! This relaxing massage encourages rest, supports placental development and increasing oxygen to the fetus via the umbilical cord, and can ease the stress of delivery when received in regular intervals. This is typically a full body treatment, utilizing Swedish strokes, craniosacral therapy and SMRT, but is tailored to the individual needs of the mother.
Craniosacral Therapy: A light-touch, whole-body treatment technique developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM; work with the body’s craniosacral system to support and nourish the central nervous system- improving overall health and well-being.
In practice, many massage therapists use more than one technique or method in their work and sometimes combine several. Effective massage therapists ascertain each person’s needs and then use the techniques that will meet those needs best.
Swedish massage uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, generally in the direction of blood flow toward the heart, and sometimes combined with active and passive movements of the joints. It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension. Swedish massage is the most commonly used form of massage.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using a variety of techniques, such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique, passive and active stretching. Deep tissue work requires the therapist to work to the edge of soft tissue resistance, hold that edge in tension, wait for the tissue to release and the relieving the pain in the soft tissue. The goal of deep tissue is not pain but may cause a temporary therapeutic discomfort (similar to the temporary discomfort one feels during a strenuous workout), but should not result in bruising, lasting pain, or discomfort. It is essential to communicate fully with your therapist for the duration of the session to ensure that appropriate techniques are utilized.
Massage has been shown to improve overall health and well-being; reducing stress, increasing sleep, boosting mental health and wellness, managing pain and increasing range of motion, to mention a few. It is stimulating to the lymphatic system, improves muscle tonicity, and promotes circulation. Even a ten to fifteen-minute chair massage session can lower oxygen consumption, blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels.