The most common and well known of massage treatments, Swedish massage is designed to manipulate the soft tissue of the body in order to bring about increased circulation and a feeling of relaxed wellbeing. The client remains draped throughout the treatment with only the areas being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of smooth flowing strokes, compression, vibration, and gentle rocking movements along with the application of oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin.
The benefits of Swedish Massage include loosening of tight muscle restrictions, increased range of motion, reduced swelling from injury, relief from sore aching muscles, release of scar tissue adhesions, improved circulation and an overall feeling of relaxation.
Heard about the healthy benefits of massage therapy but still too timid to try it? Shiatsu (she-ought-zoo) might be just the right massage for you. Performed on a special mat placed on the floor, this massage requires no oil or lotion, and the client relaxes in loose fitting, comfortable clothing while the therapist applies thumb, finger and palm pressure to acupressure points along the body’s meridians or energy pathways.
Shiatsu was developed in Japan in the early 1900’s and is used to promote the flow of “qi” or energy throughout the body. Although the main technique for this massage is finger pressure, the therapist will also use elbows and knees as well as stretching, joint rotation and percussion to unblock the body’s natural flow of energy and increase circulation. Breathing is another technique the therapist will focus on to help the client achieve a state of deep relaxation.
What conditions can be treated by this therapy? Headache, back pain, arthritis, insomnia, stress, depression. Shiatsu benefits the body and mind by decreasing stress, increasing joint mobility, energy and circulation and boosting the immune system. This is a wonderful therapy designed to release tension, promote mind/body balance and bring a renewed sense of wellbeing.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE:
Deep Tissue massage, not to be confused with deep pressure, uses medical massage techniques designed to target specific areas of chronic pain, muscle tension, and/or soft tissue injury. These specific and deeper techniques focus on lengthening and spreading the muscle fibers to dramatically loosen muscle tissue for increased flexibility. This may also include A.I.S. (Active Isolated Stretching).
A.I.S. (ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING)
Active Isolated Stretching was developed by Aaron Mattes to encourage proper body movement. The Mattes Method of muscle and fascial release provides effective dynamic facilitated stretch of major muscle groups.
More important, it provides functional physiological restoration of muscle, tendons, vertebrae, ligaments and joints which leads to healthier superficial and deep fascial tissue structures. AIS can be a beneficial component of massage, especially when treating those receiving chiropractic care.
AIS is a most effective method of warming up and stretching to increase flexibility. When your joints have full range of motion, they enhance the body’s ability to succeed in a variety of exercises/ movements without risk of injury.
Aromatherapy is available by request with the massage services. Therapists individualize treatments using a variety of pure essential oils and blends that contain only natural ingredients. Massage and essential oils both relax and revitalize to create a sense of renewal.
Pressure points of the feet, corresponding to specific organs of the body, are massaged to relieve stress, release toxins, and promote healing throughout the entire body.
NECK AND BACK CHAIR MASSAGE
On-Site Seated Massage for the Workplace is a simple, cost-effective way to introduce a wellness program at your business. This massage is a short massage given at your business by a professional practitioner using a massage chair. This massage lasts from 5 to 20 minutes, uses no oil, takes place with the employee fully clothed, and usually covers the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. Call for a brochure or more information on this convenient and effective program.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. The stones are various shapes and sizes of basalt rock which absorb and retain heat. The heat from the stones is transferred to your muscles and helps them release more quickly than in traditional massage. This form of massage is deeply soothing and relaxing.
During a treatment the therapist uses traditional strokes of Swedish massage while holding a heated stone. The therapist may place stones on specific areas such as acupressure points along your spine, in your palms, or even between your toes.
Massage oils are incorporated into the treatment as well. Be sure to mention if you have inflammation or muscle injury as hot stones would be contraindicated for those areas. Also, let your therapist know if the stones feel too warm or the pressure too intense.
This massage is a great stress reliever. It promotes the release of toxins, relieves pain, improves circulation, and soothes the psyche. Health conditions that have been helped from a Hot Stone Massage include muscular aches and pains, back pain, MS, arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, circulatory problems, insomnia, and depression.
Cupping is an ancient therapy in which the therapist puts special cups on your skin for a brief period of time to create a suction. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. Benefits include decreased pain, improved blood flow, relaxation, decreased inflammation, the break-up of scar tissue, and the regeneration of healthier stronger tissue.
With both Mom and Baby in mind, this gentle and relaxing massage can help to relieve low back and joint pain, support ligament changes, increase circulation, and reduce swelling. It also gives Mom help with much needed rest.
Whether a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, sports massage can help to prevent as well as relieve muscle cramping, pain, and joint soreness. More than that, it can help promote flexibility and balance which aids in peak performance.
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.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING SPORTS MASSAGE?
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy or myofascial release to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles), loosen areas of muscle tension and increase range of motion.
There are four types of sports massages:
- pre-event sports massage — a short, stimulating massage 15 – 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
- post-event sports massage — given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body’s tissues.
- restorative sports massage — given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
- rehabilitative sports massage — aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
WHEN SHOULD I GET A SPORTS MASSAGE?
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem — a tender knee from running, for example. The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area — a sore shoulder or pulled hamstring, rather than giving you a thorough full-body massage.
SOLE REVIVAL FOOTEASE:
Enhancing a regular massage with this additional foot treatment will give your feet a welcome relief. Intensive moisturizing lotion is applied to the feet which are then wrapped in a heated Body Sense Foot Pack. After the feet have been warmed and moisturized, they are refreshed with a soothing massage.