Massage Modalities

 

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very gentle and relaxing type of massage. The therapist applies lotions and oils targeting the skin and superficial layers of muscles. This massage helps to improve blood and lymph circulation.

Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue Massage targets deeper layers of the muscles, and connective tissues making it very effective for relieving chronic muscle tension. The therapist uses deep pressure along with other modalities patience and love to break down adhesions, helping to alleviate pain while restoring balance health and tranquility within ones self.

Energy Work

Technique used for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you and treats the whole person including: your body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

 

Sports Massage

Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area.

  • Enhanced athletic performance

  • Fewer injuries

  • Restored flexibility and range of motion

  • Faster recovery from injury

Assisted Stretching

Assisted Stretching, also known as partner stretching, is a type of stretching where another person is used to help further stretch the muscles. The second person can apply additional force to deepen the stretch.

Some benefits are;

  • Enhanced Muscular Coordination.

  • Increased Circulation.

  • Increased Energy.

  • Increased Range of Motion.

  • Reduced Muscle Tension.

Acupressure

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure
to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain.
The human body has fourteen “meridians” that carry energy throughout the body.
These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to
the organ associated with the specific meridian.

Acupuncture and Acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture uses needles,
while Acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands.
There is a massive amount of scientific data that demonstrates why and how
acupuncture is effective.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the ancient art of foot/hand massage which originated in China and which was also known to the Ancient Egyptians. It is believed that energy runs through the body in channels known as meridians and that massage of the feet stimulates these energy channels, promoting healing and relaxation. Every part of the foot corresponds to an area of the body, and massage of the feet stimulates the corresponding part of the body so that receiving a reflexology massage is regarded as the equivalent of a full body massage.

Vedic Thai Yoga-Massage

Vedic Thai Massage-Assisted Yoga is viewed as a martial art of healing and is reported to manifest instant positive results. In Thailand, Bodywork is utilized medicinally as a cherished and revered indulgence to remedy the prominent social ailments such as emotional stress and physical inertia. Thai-Yoga sessions inspire the soul and tranquilize the body.

Customarily, a Thai-Yoga session lasts about 2 hours, during which there is a surrendering release, which allows deeper and deeper physical and mental ‘openings’. Flowing rhythmic compressions using the feet, knees, palms, elbows, forearms and fingers are blended with exotic stretching positions known as asanas and disciplined breath control known as pranayama, effectively producing a balanced and harmonious symbiotic communication integrating the body’s vital systems, including mechanical- musculoskeletal, electrical-neural, chemical-glandular.

Injury Massage

Specifically targeted injury massage helps soft-tissue injuries (such as muscle pulls and strains, tendonitis, ligament sprains, and whiplash) heal faster. Massage reduces spasm, pain, swelling, and formation of excess scar tissue. Massage also breaks up excess scar tissue and adhesions (stuck together tissue) that weaken muscles and contribute to further injury.

“Skillful, knowledgeable massage can make the difference between a one-time muscle strain that takes a few weeks to resolve and a painful, limiting, chronically recurring condition… By applying skills to the proper formation of scar tissue, the reduction of edema, the limiting of adhesions, and the improvement of circulation and mobility, massage can turn an irritating muscle tear into a trivial event.”

Post-Surgery Massage

The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies recently wrote that massage therapy has been shown to provide dramatic results in pain and anxiety reduction for post-operative pain associated with many different surgeries, especially heart surgery.

The institute cites a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, which provided patients undergoing heart surgery with massage therapy as a complement to their standard post-operative care. The patients who received massage therapy registered pain levels near the lowest levels possible (below one on a scale from one to 10), experiencing more than three time less pain than other patients who received no massage therapy following their surgeries.

Most strikingly, after conducting this study, the results led to the Mayo Clinic hiring a full-time massage therapist specifically to provide massage therapy to patients recovering from heart surgery.

Massage therapy’s effectiveness is not limited to heart surgery either. In a study conducted within the department of Veteran Affairs, patients who had undergone thoracic or abdominal surgery and received massage therapy as a post-operative treatment saw their levels of post-operatic pain intensity, unpleasantness, and anxiety decrease in the first four days after surgery. Coupled with their post-surgery medications, the group that received massage therapy fared the best out of every group in the study in reducing their levels of post-operative pain.

Patients fears of dependency on painkillers and the actual side effects of pain killers have the potential to make massage therapy a part of post-operative care. The strong conclusions in the studies done by the Mayo Clinic and the of Veteran Affairs should help in this regard.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual lymph drainage massage (also called lymphatic drainage and lymph massage) is a form of very light massage that encourages lymph flow in the body. It is particularly good for detoxification, edema, pre- and post-plastic surgery and post-liposuction. It can also help with cellulite treatments, scar tissue, spider veins, redness and acne.

The lymph system is a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body’s system of blood circulation. The lymph system both delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins.

 Prenatal Massage (ONLY after first trimester)

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.

Hormone Regulation
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Reduction of Swelling
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.

Improvement of Nerve Pain
Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.

Sound Therapy*will be incorporated into every session unless requested otherwise

Sound Healing, through various techniques and technologies, is the conscious use of sound to balance and promote wellness in the human system – including the expansion of consciousness. Sound Healing is founded on the premise that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies. Many ancient civilizations and modern indigenous cultures have been using sound to heal and access higher levels of consciousness for thousands of years. 

 

Pranayama/Breath work

Breath awareness and regulation exercise designed to help control one's vital energy.

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical wellbeing