Massage Therapy Techniques

What kind of Massage Do You Like? How much pressure do you like?

Swedish Massage Swedish Massage
A blend of 7 techniques, including gliding, pressing, kneading, rolling, and holding techniques with varying amounts of pressure with moderate use of cream, oil or other lubricant to generate a relaxation response and improve circulation.
Myofascial Massage Myofascial Massage
A firm, slow yet gentle pulling, pushing , lifting and rolling technique to remodel or realign fascia, scar tissue and adhesions using little or no lubricant. Considered a "deep-tissue" technique as it effects the body deeply.
Trigger Point / Neuromuscular Therapy Trigger Point / Neuromuscular Therapy
Slow pulsing and direct sustained pressure on these exquisite areas of hypersensitvity deactivates trigger points and resolves the pain-spasm cycle that limits normal activities. Often used in conjunction with stretching and myofascial massage.
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Modality Descriptions

Also available are the following specialty techniques:

Thai Yoga
A tradition born of Asia, but rooted in India's Ayurvedic philosophy. Thai Yoga massage is performed on a clothed recipient (by a clothed practitioner) upon a floor mat. A combination of passive and assisted yoga plus massage, it is a combination of general pressure or compressions, stretching and holding whose aim is to return the body to a desirable and harmonic interplay of 10 ascribed energetic meridians that are said to exist and through which our body derives nourishment.

Chair Massage
Also called On-site or Seated Massage, it is widely used within office settings for employee wellness care. Recipients remain clothed and are seated in a chair specifically designed to support a body that is semi-upright. Sessions lend themselves to work targeting the upper body and extremities more so than the lower, and are often much shorter. 20-30 minutes would be typical.

Restorative Breast Therapy
"We have treated women with scar tissue from mastectomies and lumpectomies, benign fibro-adenomas and breast tissue that is simply painful and congested (often indicated by discomfort when belly sleeping or being touched by a partner). We offer a unique blend of manual therapies, ranging from manual lymphatic drainage and therapeutic massage to myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. This gentle amalgam of modalities has become Restorative Breast Therapy."

Craniosacral Therapy
The subtle, hands on mobilizations of the head, face, spinal area and sacrum are rooted in Western anatomy/ physiology and osteopathic science. Gentle techniques aim to balance the cranio-sacral rhythm generated when cerebral spinal fluid moves rhythmically along a fascial membrane called the dura mater that houses the brain and central nervous system. Therapists work with persons impacted by trauma and inflexibility of the joints of the spine and cranium. Known to induce napping, it enhances functioning of the nervous system and the rest is achieved by the body's own healing mechanism. See www.upledger.com for more information.

Visceral Massage
Manual massage of the abdomen affects the Enteric Nervous System residing there. The small intestine has approximately as many nerve cells as the spinal cord and 95% of the body's chemical messenger, Serotonin, is manufactured in the abdomen alone. A complementary technique for helping restore mobility, motility and function to the viscera using gentle and progressive techniques address areas of immobility, adhesion, laxity or irritation. See www.barralinstitute.com for more information.

Lymphatic facilitation
Manual techniques applied to enhance lymphatic system function and help the management of edema, whether caused by surgery, pathology, trauma or aging were developed as early as the 1880's. This specialized form of Western massage addresses the superficial skin layers to gently stretch open the lymphatic vessels residing there to open and allow the reentry of lymphatic fluid into the vessels and out of the tissue spaces. See www.vodderschool.com.

$15 Add-ons: To any massage you may request additional services such as:

  • Aromatherapy: aromatic essential oils in massage oil/lotion blends
  • Stone Massage: Used as tool and thermal treatment: Hot or Cold
  • Foot Soak - Aromatherapy, Epsom, or Detox Mustard Bath

Reasons for Massage - Wellness, Maintenance, Treatment Who gets massage?

  • Some individuals are using massage to achieve high level wellness.
  • More and more people use massage to maintain their health.
  • Most people use massage for the natural treatment of pain.