One of the most well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to massage the soft tissues of the body. This full-body dynamic pressure massage helps soothe and relax tired muscles, decrease stress and tension in the body and mind, also increase circulation and range of motion, and induce a feeling of well-being.
This technique utilizes strong pressure to reach the deep sub-layer of musculature and fascia. The surface muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform this massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. This massage helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
This comprehensive massage balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. The central nervous system initiates and maintains pain. The goal is to relieve the pain and dysfunction by fixing the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help with spasms and hyper-contraction in the tissue and trigger points that cause referred pain. It is used to rebuild injured tissue strength and flexibility, assist venous and lymphatic flow, restore postural alignment.
This is a gentle, rhythmical technique that stimulates the movement of the lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing. The strokes applied in Manual Lymph Drainage are intended to rid the connective tissue of inflammatory materials and toxins, enhance the activity of the immune system, reduce pain, and lower the activity of the stress-related sympathetic nervous system.
Reiki is a hands-on energy healing art originating in Japan. Reiki is a sacred life force that awakens innate healing abilities. In a reiki healing session, the practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life force (chi) moves hands progressively with a passive touch through twelve positions on the body, remaining in each position for 3 to 5 minutes. As a harmonic flow of energy is strengthened, healing occurs through the return of physical, mental, and spiritual balance.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method that encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only five grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system.
During pregnancy, your body goes through major changes. Pregnancy Massage can help with these changes by reducing stress, decreasing arm and leg swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially designed massage pillows, the massage therapist will help get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage.
Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes o chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscle points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
A successful treatment protocol relies on identifying trigger points, resolving them and, if all trigger pooints have been deactivated, elongating the structures affected along their natural range of motion and length. In the case of muscles, which is where most treatment occurs, this involves stretching the muscle using combinations of passive, active, active isolated, muscle energy techniques, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching to be effective.