Your Guide to Massage

 Please click any of the below services to jump to their respective descriptions.

Swedish          Deep Tissue          Sports            Trigger Point    

Reflexology           Pregnancy Care         Thermal Stone      

Shiatsu            Medical            Paraffin

 
 

Your Health Matters


When making your appointment, we ask that you advise us of health conditions that may affect your treatment. It  is our right to postpone treatment and to advise you seek the advice of a physician. Massage therapy is not intended to replace appropriate medical care. If an unexplained symptom or condition persists, please seek the advice of a physician.

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Swedish: (basic massage)  


Utilizing 5 basic massage strokes applied with light depth in a slow, rhythmical pattern working on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.  Working in the direction of the blood flow to improve circulation and range of motion, gently relieve muscle tension, release emotional stress and promote relaxation.

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Thermal Stone®


Hot/cold stone massage is a contemporary approach to alternating temperatures (thermotherapy) in massage. Hot and cold stones are integrated into the hands-on work thereby achieving a quicker relaxed state, a more rested, calmer body.  Stones may be placed on or under the body to open various energy centers (Chakras) to bring you to deeper state of relaxation, influencing the healing that comes from within.  

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Reflexology


This method brings balance to the body by stimulating the reflexes in the feet which correspond to all parts of the body.  The feet are worked to break down deposits which build up thereby inducing relaxation and balance to the individual’s overall well-being.

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Shiatsu (Acupressure)


An Oriental-based system of finger pressure applied to specific energy points (tsubos) on the energy channels (meridians) of the body.  Blocked energy along these meridians can cause physical discomfort. The aim is to release the blocks and re-balance the energy flow to assist the body in self-healing.

The following techniques require more advanced training and a more thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology:

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Sports

(maintenance, pre and post event -- “not just for athletes, for any overused muscle”)


Sports Massage is the understanding of the affect performance sports, dance and exercise have on the individual of any level.  Sports massage care was developed for injury prevention, maintenance and rehabilitation.   It has a positive impact on an athlete's recovery during post game competition, pre/post practices/ events, conditioning and post-op recovery.  It requires more advanced training especially as it relates to movement/exercise.  A variety of techniques are used to improve physical performance and to repair, restore and enhance muscle integrity and function, while increasing endurance, aiding circulation and improving elasticity and flexibility. (Must know if you are preparing for or just completed an event.) Treatment may include: Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, BMT, PNF, Stretching, et al.

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Deep Tissue


Deep Tissue massage affects the sub-layer of muscles and fascia.   The depth is relative to the condition of the superficial layers of muscle and how they respond.  It is most helpful to release chronic tight musculature; thus reducing pain, injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by conditions such as, arthritis and tendonitis. 

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Trigger Point (neuromuscular)


Concentrated finger pressure to “trigger points” for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction.  These may be painful irritated areas in muscles that refer pain to other areas of the body.  There are active, latent and inactive points to be assessed.  It is often used to break the cycle of spasm and pain. 

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Pre & Perinatal Pregnancy


Specific techniques developed for optimum care of mother and baby to encourage relaxation, stress reduction, easier breathing and relief of minor aches and pains.  Prenatal massage will assist in alleviating stress in the weight bearing joints and realign posture and body mechanics.  Relieve lower back pain, increase stamina, decrease edema, reduce stress, and enhance the overall well-being of mother and her baby.  Our table is custom built with a flexible top and we have the complete pregnancy body support cushions (this insures no stress is placed on the mother or the pregnant uterus) to allow for more comfortable positioning. 
 

HEALTH CONDITIONS


Please advise us of any health conditions: including but not limited to dermatological diseases, heart conditions, injuries, pregnancy, allergies, as well as, medications which could affect your treatment when making your appointment.  It is our right to postpone treatment until a note of approval is submitted by your physician.

Massage therapy is not intended to replace appropriate medical care.  Any unexplained symptom or if a condition persists, please seek the advice of a physician

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Massage Benefits


Massage has an impressive range of therapeutic effects and benefits, many of which have been documented in research studies.
There are a variety of methods a massage therapist uses to stretch and loosen muscle and connective tissue, and to greatly improve blood flow to the heart and the movement of lymph fluid throughout the body. 
Massage speeds the removal of metabolic waste products resulting from exercise or inactivity, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells and tissues. In addition, massage can stimulate the release of endorphins –the body’s natural painkillers – into the brain and nervous system. Sensory receptors in skin and muscles “wake-up,” bringing new awareness to areas that have felt “cut off” by chronic tension patterns.
The release of muscular tension encourages:
  • Deep relaxation and stress reduction
  • Relief of muscle tension and stiffness
  • Greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Increased ease and efficiency of movement
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Better circulation of both blood and lymph fluids
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Relief of tension-related headaches, eye-strain
  • Healthier, better nourished skin
  • Improved posture
  • Faster healing time from pulled muscles and sprained ligaments: reduced spasm, pain and swelling; reduced formation of scar tissue
  • Strengthened immune system and disease prevention
  • Health maintenance
Mental Level
  • Relaxed state of awareness
  • Reduced mental stress; a calmer mind
  • Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Increased capacity for clearer thinking
Emotional Level
  • Satisfying the need for caring and nurturing touch
  • Feeling of well being
  • Greater ease of emotional expression
  • Enhanced self-image
  • Reduced levels of anxiety
  • Increased awareness of the mind-body connection
  • A sense of being unified and in harmony

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