Swedish massage is probably the most widely known massage modality. A Swedish Massage uses oil with a variety of long and gliding strokes on tired and sore muscles with the intention of providing an “all over” sense of relaxation. Swedish massage therapy is also known for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility and easing tension. As part of your Swedish massage session, communication with massage therapist is encouraged so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Sculpting Massage blends deep tissue massage and myofascial release in a series of firm, constant compressions and strokes applied in the same direction as the muscle fibers, without the use of massage oil. Compression pressure and movement is slowly increased as the muscle tissue relaxes, allowing an opportunity for complete and deep release. The practitioner may use breath flow work and guided imagery during the session. The compression pressure is kept within the comfort range of the client – think of delicious discomfort. This modality is unlike typical deep tissue Swedish Massage which uses oil and a prescribed formula and timetable. A Deep Tissue Sculpting massage session targets one or two specific areas and may be blended with other modalities.
Traditional Massage Therapy
Structural Integration’s intention is to unwind the strain patterns residing in the body's myofascial system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. This is accomplished by deep, slow, fascial and myofascial manipulation, coupled with movement re-education. Movement awareness is returned to bring head, shoulders, thorax, pelvis, and legs into vertical alignment. A sense of lightness and greater mobility often results.
Prenatal Massage is a modality that concentrates on the special nurturing needs of mothers-to-be during pregnancy as well as postpartum periods of pregnancy. In Pregnancy massage, the positioning of the stomach/fetus is safely and comfortably dealt with using pillows/cushions enhance support, decrease pressure and provide relaxation for both body and mind. Problematic areas are addressed - feet, ankles, low back and neck are appropriately and safely worked to help reduce swelling. Pregnancy/Prenatal massage is only performed after the first trimester. It is advised that you consult with your doctor to see if prenatal massage is right for you.
A Pediatric Massage is a massage modality tailored to infants and youth 2 to 18 years of age. Children within this age group may suffer with stress, anxiety, and muscle soreness just as their parents’ experience.
Often the child will be fully clothed during initial sessions until they feel safe and comfortable, then very modest draping will be used. Parents are encouraged to be in the room while the massage is being performed to add to the comfort level of the child. Parental permission is required for children under 18 years of age.
Warm Stone Massage
Warm stone massage is a massage modality using warmed stones, positioned on specific parts of the client's body, to maximize the therapeutic benefits of the massage. Typically, river rock stones or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt are used. The stones are sanitized and heated before use. The stones retain their heat during the massage. Adding heat to specific areas on the body enhances the feelings of relaxation. Warm stone massage is beneficial at both the physical and psychological level. It is advised that you consult with your doctor to see if Warm Stone Massage is right for you. Individuals with certain conditions--including pregnant women and people with high blood pressure--are advised to avoid
Passive Joint Movement / Sensory Repatterning.
Passive Joint Movement makes extensive use of touch-contact and encourages the client to experience the freeing-up of different parts of the body. The modality uses gentle, noninvasive hands-on work, including fluid, gentle, rocking movements. Motion is used on the muscles and joints to produce positive sensory sensations/feelings in the central nervous system, registering as lightness, freedom, and flexibility. A Passive Joint Movement session takes from sixty to ninety minutes. No oils or lotions are used and the client is dressed. The practitioner uses touch in such a gentle and rhythmic way that the person lying passively on the table actually experiences the possibility of being able to move each part of the body freely, effortlessly, and gracefully on her own. Not only does this technique increase flexibility, it provides a new level of communication between the body and mind via the proprioceptors. This in turn allows us to actualize all the many ways we can express ourselves
Table Thai ®
Table Thai® is traditional Thai bodywork that has been adapted to the massage table. This massage modality uses pressing, rocking and stretching techniques of traditional Thai bodywork, but on a massage table. It is often described as passive yoga. The client in will be in various positions, with pressure applied by either the hands, feet or legs to create a stretch. Palm and thumb pressure are also applied to the body to open energetic channels. A rhythmic pace is used during the stretches, creating a unique blend of relaxation and meditation. Often clients report feelings of both relaxation and energy. Clients remain dressed in comfortable and loose clothing to allow for full stretches and movement.
Couples Massage allows for the massage of two different people in the same room, at the same time. Each person is able to request the massage therapy of their choice. A wonderful experience to experience a special event, or better yet, just because…
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Medical Massage treatment is specifically designed to treat conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician. Medical Massage therapy may use a variety of modalities during a session. The focus of treatment is specifically related to treating the regions of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription. Some modalities related to medical massage include: Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and Passive Joint Movement. Medical Massage must be deemed medically necessary by a referring physician.