Swedish massage is what comes to mind when most people think about massage. It is traditionally a relaxing full body massage which consists of long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It also may include a variety of massage strokes such as rolling, kneading and percussion in order to help the body improve circulation as well as range of motion stretching. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for relieving aches and pains, decreasing stress levels in the body, easing tension, and increasing flexibility.
Cranialsacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that encourages the body’s natural healing process. It addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum and seeks to restore the natural positon of these bones. The goal of Cranialsacral therapy is to release compression in these areas in order to alleviate stress and pain from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ disorder, and more.
Hot stone therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones along the large muscles on either side of the spine. The direct heat of the stones helps to relax those muscles, allowing access to the deeper layers. Using heated stones in the palms of our hands, we customize a full body massage to provide a deeply relaxing massage.
Pregnancy massage is a wonderful complement to traditional prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage not only relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as back pain, sciatic pain, leg cramps, headaches, and swelling, it can also help to soothe the nervous system, relieve anxiety and increase relaxation which can lead to better sleep.
Myofascial Release is a gentle therapy, consisting of a mixture of light stretching and massage work. During a session, the therapist will apply hands-on massage strokes in that are meant to stretch, loosen, soften and lengthen muscle tissues. The strokes are applied with gentle, sustained pressure in order for the stretch to have full effect. The goal is to release tension from the fibrous bands of the muscles, bones, nerves and joints by unblocking any scar tissue or adhesions due to injury in the muscles and surrounding tissues. This slow and subtle technique can be used to release fascia and tight muscles throughout the body restoring total physical harmony.
Therapeutic Massage, our most popular type of massage, employs a variety of techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cranialsacral therapy and Myofascial Release to relieve your aches and pains. A therapeutic massage is tailored to meet your needs, whether it is mainly relaxation with focused work in one area or a very specific area that needs attention. We listen to you and your body and create a session that is truly unique.
Massage cupping uses plastic, glass or silicone “cups” to create suction and negative pressure in order to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue. Prior to applying the cup, oil is administered to the skin to facilitate smooth movement and palpably discover the areas of tension and congestion. Once the vacuum is created and placed on the affected area, it is used to glide along the surface. A cup may be “parked” for a short time on stubborn knots or over inflamed joints or tissue. Cupping can be used on the neck, shoulders, back, sacral area, hip, abdomen, thigh, upper arms and calves.