- Breathing Training
- Carpal Tunnel
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Lymphatic Technique
- Medical Massage
- Migraine Targeted Therapy
- Myofascial Release Therapy
- Neck Therapy
- Oncology Massage
- Pediatric Massage
- Prenatal Massage
- Shiatsu Neck Release
- Shoulder Therapy
- Sinus Massage
- Sports Massage
- Swedish Relaxing Massage
- Trigger Point Massage
- Upper and Lower Cross Syndrome
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to Acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices. Some medical studies have suggested that acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, for helping lower back pain, tension headaches, and stomachache, among other things.
The therapist lightly palpates the patient’s body, and focuses intently on the communicated movements. A practitioner’s feeling of being in tune with a patient is described as entertainment. Patients often report feelings of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session, and may feel light-headed. This is popularly associated with increases in endorphin,
Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being.
Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment. It is also known as clinical massage or treatment massage.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due to overuse, trauma, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Fascia is a 3 dimensional connective tissue that spans your whole body, head to foot, without interruption. The fascia is made up of cologne fibers that surround individual muscles and muscle fibers, muscle groups, blood vessels and nerves. Fascia binds structures together, but also allows others to glide smoothly over each other. Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without lotion. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. The specific releases to different parts of the body vary, but generally include gentle application of pressure or sustained low load stretch to the affected area.
Oncology massage can only be provided by a massage therapist who has received training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment. This training is more about cancer and less about massage. When you are receiving an oncology massage, you are receiving traditional, established massage therapy techniques that have been adapted to account for your unique health situation. The changes that might be made to a massage that make it an “oncology massage” can fall under any number of categories, but typically they will be related to session length, pressure, positioning and areas of specific compromise or concern like mediports, bone metastases or skin reactions to treatment.
Pediatric massage is the complementary and alternative treatment that uses massage therapy, or “the manual manipulation of soft tissue intended to promote health and well-being” for children and adolescents. Pediatric massage therapy takes into consideration each child’s individual physical development, cognitive development and health care needs.
Massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
If you are in your first trimester or have a high risk pregnancy, we will need a release from your doctor before your massage.
Swedish Relaxing Massage
One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massage therapy specifically alleviates the source of the pain through isolated pressure and release. Clients actively participate through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. Trigger point massage releases constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.