Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
~World Health Organization, 1948
While some massage establishments may distinguish between types of massage, I prefer to offer my clientele the best massage I can give them. I offer a relaxing (Swedish) massage to all of my clients, with the addition of therapeutic work to any area that may be troubling them at no additional charge.
The basic massage for relieving stress and muscle tension. Light to medium pressure is applied using gliding and kneading strokes. This massage helps the client to relax by increasing circulation and oxygen flow thereby flushing toxins from muscular tissues. It also stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them flexible.
The most common form of massage. Relaxing and beneficial at the same time, Therapeutic massage is tailored to meet the needs of the client by offering stress reduction, deep relaxation and relief from physical pain. It incorporates trigger point*, deep tissue** and swedish massage with an overall relaxing medium pressure and some deep work to problem areas.
*Trigger Points are areas of tightly contracted muscle creating hyper irritable spots that radiate pain to broader areas. Pain may be felt in one location, while the responsible trigger point may be found elsewhere. Deep sustained pressure to trigger points may allow the soft tissue to release, increasing blood flow and removing buildup of metabolic waste. **Deep tissue massage uses slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction, which helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. There is more focus on specific areas and it may cause some soreness during or right after the massage.
Reflexology works on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to all the body organs and systems. Stimulation of these reflex points may restore the flow of energy throughout the body and stimulate healthy function of internal organs. Reflexology is a relaxing 30 minute session working on the feet.
Bamboo massage is a wonderful way to create a deep sense of relaxation. It is a wood based treatment combining heated bamboo tools of varying lengths with a custom blend of oils to knead and roll along your body, relaxing sore muscles and providing welcome relief from tight muscles and tendons.
By creating suction and negative pressure, Massage Cupping™ therapy can soften tight muscles, loosen adhesions, bring blood flow to body tissues and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Cupping is great as a full massage and also complements many forms of bodywork.
Hot Stone Massage
In addition to Swedish massage, warm river stones are applied to the body allowing heat to penetrate muscle tissue for deeper relaxation, easing tension and enhancing the massage experience.
Warm river stones are applied to allow heat to penetrate muscle tissue for deep relaxation. Then massage cupping is used to complete the process of melting away any residual muscle tension. Prepare to be relaxed and say goodbye to stress!
The AromaTouch™ Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and reflexology points of the back, feet and hands to help balance the nervous system and various other systems of the body. It utilizes eight essential oils that promote relaxation and stress relief, offer immune support, decrease pain and inflammation and elevate mood. Although a gentle technique, it is extremely relaxing and energizing at the same time. The technique requires 45 minutes per application, and can also be combined with a 60 minute or longer therapeutic massage.