Massage Therapy is the therapeutic manipulation (i.e. kneading, gliding, strokes) of the body's soft tissues (skin, muscles, fascia) to promote health and well being, improve circulation, mobility of joints, relieve stress, and promote relaxation. Our massage therapists are CMTC Certified and are chosen because of their training and ability, as well as their extensive experience and an innate gift as healers.
All massages will include spa type ambiance, unscented lotion and if necessary, deep relaxation oil on tight muscles. Clients may request a Mindful Meditation or soothing music during their massage. Equipment includes a professional adjustable therapeutic massage chair or heated table.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques Offered:
Acupressure: Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure treats the whole person: body, emotions, mind and spirit. and views all parts as one, not separate from each other. Through the fourteen "meridians" in the human body, energy can be carried throughout the body wherever the vital life force of "Chi" is blocked, and relax muscle tension and bring balance back to the organs associated with each meridian. Acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of the therapist's hands.
Deep Tissue: Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful , rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. Benefits of deep tissue massage are: Chronic pain, limited mobility, recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury), repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, postural problems, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, and muscle tension or spasm.
Energy Work: Energy work is a holistic approach to addressing imbalance and disease throughout the human body. There are many types of energy work, mainly using a series of hand positions. The work is performed on the belief that the human body contains many levels of energy, that when stimulated through various techniques, will provide overall health and well being.
Five Element-Body Meridians: This is applying pressure to specific points along specific body meridians to help release Chi energy imbalances. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water) determine our whole physical, psychological and emotional balance. Chi is considered the vital force or energy responsible for controlling the workings of the human mind and body. Chi flows through the fourteen body meridians (rivers) that are throughout the physical body. Imbalances in the flow of Chi cause blockages (dams), and correction of this flow restores the body to balance.
Reflexology: Based on a system of hand\feet zones and reflex areas, Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil, cream or lotion. By stimulating certain zones in the hands and feet, major systems such as the kidneys, bladder and liver are targeted, and physical change can occur.
Swedish: Originally developed in the late eighteenth century by a Swedish fencing master, Swedish massage was the first systematic application of therapeutic massage in western culture. One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to speed the venous return of unoxygenated and toxic blood from the extremities. It shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load, it stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and young. It also stimulates the skin and nervous system, and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time.