Massage Therapy. ( also referred to as Therapeutic Massage ) This is a general term for a range of therapeutic approaches with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures. It involves the practice of kneading or otherwise manipulating a person's muscles and other soft tissue with the intent of improving a person's well-being or health. Stroking and kneading of the body parts has been used for centuries to relieve pain and suffering of the human race. Used more in Europe as a medical therapy, the US medical community is beginning to accept massage. Most state licensing and/or regulating bodies require massage therapists to be proficient in Swedish massage as a basis for licensing.
Hot Stone Massage is a deeply relaxing massage that combines the penetrating effect of hot stones with soothing manual massage. Basaltic river rocks are heated to between 125 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit and then either statically placed on or under the client or used as massage tools. The client should be insulated from hot stones direct from the heating unit until they have cooled somewhat. The therapy can relax deep muscular tissue and soothe aching joints while feeling gentle and relaxing. The use of the hot stones also benefits the therapist by reducing the physical stress of providing deep tissue massage. The heat soothes muscles and joints of the therapist's hands.
Aromatherapy - is the use of fragrant substances (usually 'essential' oils distilled from flowers, resins, woods, and roots) to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Essential oils are either inhaled, absorbed directly through the skin or in some cases ingested. It is often combined with massage since oils can be used to carry fragrances while also allowing more pressure to be applied to muscles. Aromatherapy can be used to support treatment for respiratory problems, skin disorders and immune deficiencies. Many essential oils from botanical sources also have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Its proponents claim that health benefits are associated with specific choices of scent. For example, clary sage can be used to combat depression.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy and Bodywork - This is a general term for a range of therapies that seek to improve the function of the body's deep connective tissues and/or muscles, not just the surface nerves or the lymphatic system. Examples are: Connective tissue massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Pfrimmer Method are considered to be Deep Tissue Massage. Deep finger, hand or elbow pressure are often used to stretch, compress and release contracted connective tissue and muscles. Tools to produce deep pressure on a specific point are also commonly used. Relaxation, Craniosacral, Esalen, and Swedish massage are generally not considered to be deep tissue techniques. Among the conditions deep tissue bodywork treats are whiplash, sciatica, low back and neck pain, sports injury and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. This is a non-sexual relaxation or therapeutic massage.
Pregnancy Massage - (pregnancy, prenatal & postpartum massage) Practitioners use a variety of bodywork techniques. It is a great way to relieve the stresses that result from the rapid and profound physical as well as mental-emotional changes that occur during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage is designed to relieve aches in the back, neck, hips, legs and weight bearing joints. It will also provide support for Moms-to-be. Postpartum massage helps restore the body to pre-pregnancy conditions and helps nurture the new Mom.
Swedish Massage - One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Sports Massage - is a form of massage which utilizes specific strokes and stretches to help obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning with less chance of injury or pain. It helps to obtain maximum conditioning by increasing power, endurance and flexibility both before and after an event or work out. Performance INCREASES OF 20% ARE COMMON as a result of massage sessions.
Manual Lymph Massage or Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - is a descendant of Swedish massage. The strokes applied are intended to stimulate the movement of the lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing. The most widely taught and generally accepted form of this technique was created by Dr. Emil Vodder. This is a very specific technique which requires advanced training and precise movements.
Myofacial Release (MFR) -is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body.
Geriatric Massage - Although there are no specific techniques which are unique to geriatric massage, the practitioner who specializes in this area may have had special training in working with a client population who exhibit a range of physiological changes commonly associated with aging, such as; loss of elasticity of the skin, thinning of the subcutaneous layers, loss of muscle mass, tendency to bruise easily, osteoporosis, loss of range of motion (ROM), etc. Any deep tissue techniques would be used with extreme caution.
Gua Sha - is a technique that uses scraping tools to break up scar tissue, soft tissue adhesions and to treat pain. It is an ancient Chinese method used for a variety of issues including those not associated with the muscular skeletal system. In Chinese medicine, Gua Sha is used to treat everything from colds and flus to more serious pathologies by stimulating the blood flow and releasing toxins and stagnant blood.
Non Fire Cupping - involves using silicon cups that provide a negative pressure to release tension in tight muscles, increase lymphatic flow, break up scar tissue, release adhesions in soft tissue, increase circulation, stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, decrease cellulite in the fatty tissue and detoxification of the body. The cups come in two sizes to work with the face and the body. We use cupping for treatment work and to help reduce cellulite and wrinkles on the face. And help to tone the skin and restore elasticity.
Reflexology- Legally defined as NOT massage
A therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. Reflexology may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.
Using maps of predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet, pressure points connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. Any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.
Cupping Massage - Bellabaci cups are used to release toxins from deep muscle tissue as a partial vacuum is created in the cups, while placed on the skin by means of suction. This enhances circulation by causing local congestion and draws up the underlying tissues.
It has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins and inflammation, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, clear the veins, arteries, and capillaries, revitalize and oxygenate the skin, improve the appearance of stretch marks, reduce cellulite and clear spider veins. As toxins and inflammation are pulled from the body to the surface of the skin, the lymphatic system (which is stimulated by 300%) eliminates them.
Thai Massage - Through compression, pressure on specific points and stretches to release blockages, a free flow of energy is restored. Thai massage is performed either on a massage table or a mat on the floor over clothing. The client wears comfortable clothing. No oil or lotion is used. This is one of the world's oldest healing modalities. It is a blend of massage, acupressure, energy work, and gentle yoga stretches.Benefits from a session may include: releasing tight joints, stretching muscles, increasing range of motion, and reducing stress.