In the classical treatment this gentle technique of long strokes, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and kneading movements are used to release muscle tensions, remove pain and improve blood circulation. Rubbing between bones and strokes generally are performed in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a general term covering a range of strategies that deal with assisted muscle release at a deeper level. Neuromuscular massage techniques are employed to detect muscle tissues that have become distressed. Effective manipulation of stiff or painful musculature using specific hand positions, strokes and specifically developed techniques, bring about relief from muscle tensions and increase flexibility. Treatment for low back and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica, headaches, knees and neck are amongst the common complaints that Deep Tissue specialists treat.
Reflexology is a non-invasive natural healing therapy, which is holistic in nature.
Holistic therapy is a general term meaning treatment that is therapy for the individuals' body, mind and spirit. Reflexology treats the whole being on various levels. On your first visit you and your practitioner will discuss what you wish to get out of your therapy. For example, you may discuss relevant information regarding injuries, stress, sleep disorder, illness or disease. Problem areas are noted and treatment begins. Your treatment is typically one half hour or an hour long depending on what you and the therapist agree upon. Continued dialogue after the first treatment will give your therapist important information on how your body is responding. The goal is to provide safe and effective treatment, which encourages your body to harmonize imbalances and restore the natural healing paths your body requires.
Typically, sports massage is utilized to alleviate and promote healing of specific complaints. However, one does not need to have a serious physical complaint to greatly benefit from sports massage. To the contrary, it is now more common for athletes of all ages and level of play to seek the services of a trained sports massage therapist. By concentrating on the specific muscle groups most used in a given sport, a massage therapist can help an athlete increase mobility, range of motion, oxygen supply, blood flow and help maintain higher performance. A trained Sports Massage differs from Relaxation Massage such as Swedish Massage because the client's relaxation is not the primary objective. Accordingly, the sports massage therapist may employ a number of massage modalities including Swedish Massage strokes, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Deep-Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Hydrotherapy and others.
Prenatal Massage (Pregnancy massage)
The expanding popularity of prenatal massage is a result of the modern tendency to increase levels of well-being, education and opportunity. Your growing and changing shape is one of nature's most incredible occurrences. Knowledgeable pregnancy massage therapists can help you gain the most from this specialized treatment. Importantly, the prenatal period can be a very stressful physical and emotional time for a mother-to-be. As your pregnancy advances, several common conditions usually occur. You will gain weight. Weight gain is normal and good for your baby, however, it can sorely stress your back muscles; The structures that support your pelvic organs will become more pliant due to hormonal changes, which are naturally intended to prepare your body to give birth. You may experience considerable discomfort in either side of your back as a result; At the same time, your body's center of gravity is shifting forward. Your natural tendency is to adjust your posture and the way you move about in everyday activity. Back strain is often the result of this natural change in posture; As your body adjusts to the tremendous physical and emotional changes taking place in your routine, everyday tasks can lead to incorrect lifting or awkward muscle stretches, which can themselves, become minor injuries and part of back, neck and shoulder pain.
The Prenatal Massage Process
Our goal is always to customize your therapy to conditions you wish to alleviate or promote. The type and amount of clothing you wear during massage is your personal choice. Your comfort is paramount. Your body will always be draped or covered other than only that part being gently massaged at the moment. Be comfortable-relax-and enjoy!
Your trained therapist will first observe your posture and discuss any pains or physical conditions that cause you discomfort or restrict movements. Skill and knowledge base allows your practitioner to feel, observe and sense where varied degrees of pressure, stretching, kneading and palpitation will help eliminate pain and restore range of motion..
What conditions might warrant Myofascial Release Therapy?
General discomfort, chronic pain, sporting injuries, headache, back pain, whiplash injury, general injury, muscle spasms, restriction of motion, poor posture and specific ailments related to everyday living such as carpal tunnel and neurological dysfunction. Myofascial restrictions can be manipulated to restore range of motion and alleviate pain.
What is the process?
You and your therapist will discuss relevant information including any discomforts you have such as pain, injuries, disorders and similar matters. Problems are noted and treatment begins. The goal is to provide safe and effective treatment that encourages your body to restore, realign and balance your myofascial system.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
A massage therapist with appropriate training performs a painless and relaxing, whole-body massage. The entire procedure physically stimulates the lymphatic system to move excessive fluids that are associated with the body's lymphatic system. The movement of lymphatic fluid through lymphatic nodes purifies and detoxifies unhealthy fluid that surrounds our connective tissues.
Certified therapists are often referred patients by medical doctors for treatment of acute and chronic lymphedema, neuromuscular disorders, post-mastectomy pain, fibrosis and other conditions. Sports injuries, sprains, strains, post plastic surgery, sinus and congestion problems, scar tissue reduction and stress are some of the other conditions that can benefit from lymphatic drainage massage.
Thai Yoga Stretching Massage
Thai massage, also known as yoga massage, consists of deep massage and stretching movements. The therapist uses his hands, elbows, knees, feet and entire legs to move the client into a series of yoga stretches. No oils are used in Thai massage. The client wears comfortable clothes, and the massage is performed on the floor on padded mats. Getting Thai massage may feel like doing yoga without having to exert yourself. Thai massage stretches your muscles, releases tight joints and increases range of motion. It improves circulation and reduces stress. You will feel relaxed, centered and energized.
Shiatsu is a Japanese term, which means finger pressure. Subsequently, the Shiatsu practitioner uses finger, thumbs and palm of hand to apply pressure to specific points on the surface of the clients' body. The expected outcome is to prevent or cure illness by invigorating the body's natural powers of recuperation.
Shiatsu is a bodywork therapy that has spawned a number of derivative therapies in healing. The body's natural healing abilities are aided through the appropriate usage of specifically designed Shiatsu discipline pressure techniques to specific areas of the body.
Shiatsu massage can significantly improve health by relieving stress.
In Shiatsu, bare hands are utilized, clothing is normal, as pressure points are activated and treated as opposed to treatments that require oils or powders.
In Japan, Shiatsu therapy is fully integrated into the healthcare system.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Therapy is the skillful art of bodywork utilizing various size, form and weights of warmed, smooth, flattish stones.
The pre-warmed stones are placed on key points of the body to stimulate the circulatory
system. The stones are also used to warm, soften and relax tight, aching muscles; while promoting an extraordinary feeling of relaxation and contentment. Often, rocks made of
smooth volcanic Basalt are used because of their high iron content and ability to retain heat.
While the hot stones soften the body muscles and help to release toxins, your trained therapist will usually apply Swedish Style relaxation massage to other areas of your body. Select warmed, smooth stones are often used with essential oils as a massage tool by your therapist as well.
Your therapist will choose the number, size, weight and quantity of warmed stones that will be used in your treatment.
Lomi lomi Massage
Lomilomi literally means massage in the Hawaiian language and is an ancient Hawaiian concept of working with the life force of an individual to promote well being
The clearest definition of Lomilomi is to raise the vibration of the receiver through 'touch medicine' and is a very effective way for the the body, mind, heart and spirit to achieve a deep state of well-being.
With long flowing strokes under and over the body, gentle stretches, natural oil, soothing and inspiring music in a comfortable and safe space, you are transported to the Islands of Paradise where healing and harmony live within you