Types of Massage

Swedish Massage is the standard form of therapeutic massage – it feels great and is relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Favored for its role in regulating blood pressure, enhancing muscle and skin tone, improving digestion, and increasing circulation, it also flushes metabolic waste, speeds injury recovery, and promotes healing from disease. It is one of the most soothing types of massage that utilizes a variety of replenishing massage strokes to gently knead and ease your aches away.

Deep Tissue Massage focuses on deeper layers of muscle fiber with the goal of releasing chronic patterns of bound tension that reside deep within the muscle tissue. When muscles knot and harden they block the vital flow of oxygen and nutrients. This leads to a circuit of tension, inflammation, and soreness. A deep tissue massage breaks the tension circuit, disperses tightly bound muscle fibers, and restores proper blood and oxygen circulation. Deep, slow strokes, and focused trigger point compression are emphasized during this massage. People find that it “hurts so good” without actually hurting at all.

Sports Massage is for athletes before, after, and between athletic events. It prepares athletes for peak performance, promotes flexibility, drains metabolic waste, prevents injuries, and reduces recovery time. Sports massage can also quickly alleviate minor injuries, adhesions, and lesions caused by overexertion and/or overuse. Compression, rocking, stretching, and passive range of motion movement are some of the most common techniques used during sessions. Typically clients remain fully clothed and no oil or lotion is used.

Myofacial Release frees sticky points and knots that restrict mobility, blood flow, and optimal functioning of the musculoskeletal system.  When soft tissues adhere to neighboring structures and tissues restriction occurs.  Myofacial release disperses these restrictions and restores full range of motion.  It is a slow and deep form of bodywork that is both highly relaxing and effective.

Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese form of massage that uses concentrated, rhythmic finger (shi) pressure (atsu) on neck, shoulder, back and arm acupuncture points. Treatments release stress, tension, anxiety and depression while stimulating immune function and bringing balance to internal organs and their corresponding energy meridians. Following a sequential pattern (or “kata”) throughout various regions of the body, a rocking thumb pressure is applied to each point in sets of four repetitions. Typically clients remain fully clothed throughout treatment and leave feeling both relaxed and stimulated.

Tui Na massage is a form of Chinese medical massage designed to release not only muscles and tendons, but also the energy points and pathways that control these structures.  Working with acupressure points, this time tested form of massage is like an acupuncture treatment for people that don’t like needles.  Tui Na derives its theory and practice from Classical Chinese Medicine and is a highly effective modality for relieving sports injuries, chronic pain, and the malevolent stress-tension circuit.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing for the body, mind, and spirit. Reiki treatments promote deep relaxation, replenish energy reserves, restore balance, and facilitate cognitive acumen. The technique is also highly effective in healing burns and lacerations, and releasing the impact of traumatic experiences. Precise hand placements in classically appointed positions are used to facilitate energy release, restoration, and optimized flow. Typically clients remain fully clothed throughout this treatment.

Cranial Sacral bodywork improves structural alignment so the body can function optimally.  It works to melt stress and trauma contained in the body’s deep tissues and restore a sense of overall well-being to the nervous system.  Specifically, it works with the cranial and spinal bones, as well as the cerebral spinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord to diminish obstacles and adhesions that inhibit the smooth flow of this vital fluid.

Thai Massage is like a great yoga class without effort. Performed on a floor mat, massagees wear loose fitting workout clothes and are stretched, pressed, massaged, and soothed by the therapist’s hands, arms, knees, shins, legs, and feet. It is the most three dimensional of all massages because masagees are moved from lying supine, to prone, to sitting, to standing. If you have not experienced a Thai massage and want to see what it’s all about, then you’re in for a treat. Add $15 to normal rates.

Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth heated stones to extract stress and tension in ways that hands cannot. Clients enjoy the restorative penetration and deeply calming effects of the hot stones. Hot Stone Massage reduces the nervous system’s vibrational frequency to relieve a harried mind and overstressed body. The radiating heat of the stones, heated oil, and soothing massage stokes, transport your body back into the great reservoir of rest and renewal. Add $15 to normal rates.

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage is the traditional Hawaiian Island approach to massage that is favored for its power to replace the expired body/mind/spirit system with a renewed one. In ancient times young princesses and princes were initiated into royal courts with a three day, non-stop, uninterrupted Lomilomi massage often administered by two, three, and even four people at once! Using long, flowing, connective strokes along the length of the body, varied pressure is used to renew and integrate the limbs, head, and torso. Traditionally, and during your session, only pure coconut oil is applied.

Chair Massage is a relaxing and invigorating upper body massage received while seated on a specially designed chair for massage. Special attention is paid to unwinding the neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands. Through pressure on specific trigger points and gentle manipulation, the body releases tension and returns to vibrant fluidity. You leave feeling relaxed, awake and alert. Chair massage is perfect for parties, corporate events, weddings, and family reunions.

Proven Benefits of Massage

• An increasing number of research studies prove that massage decreases not only the effects, but also the frequency of stress, tension, anxiety, depression, pain, and irritability.

• Massage therapy also boosts the immune system, improves digestion, lowers blood pressure, disbands scar tissue, speeds healing, promotes lymphatic drainage, and eliminates stress-tension circuitry.

• Office workers that receive regular massage are happier, more alert, perform better, and are less stressed than office workers that do not receive massage.