Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy stimulates skin, blood and lymphatic systems, which boosts circulation,  aids  in cellular renewal and removes toxic wastes. As tense muscles relax, stiff  joints loosen and nerves are soothed, leading to feelings of relaxation and well-being.  our therapists have been trained in Swedish Massage techniques and also specialized techniques that enhance the overall effectiveness of your treatment.

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Swedish MassageTechniques

  • Effleurage: long, soothing, stroking movements using the flat of the hand. These are often used to apply oil and as an important link between techniques.
  • Petrissage: a number of movements which involve various ways of kneading, rolling and picking up the skin and muscles.
  • Tapotement: percussion type movements which are fast and stimulating. They include  cupping, hacking, pounding or pummeling. These sequences stimulate the blood  circulation, tone and help strengthen skin and muscles and are useful in clearing lung congestion.
  • Frictions: connective tissue massage that uses a penetrating movement of deep direct  pressure to a particular site (often used to treat tendonitis).

Other Techniques

  • Craniosacral Therapy involves working with the cranial bones, sacrum, and the connective tissue of the body.
  • Muscle Energy Technique Is a method of treating unbalanced, stiff joints with a contract relax technique.
  • Myofascial Release is a whole body treatment with the focus on the fascia also known as connective tissue system.
  • Visceral Therapy is the rebalancing of the organs and the connective tissue that supports them.
  • Trigger Point Therapy is a focused treatment on a hyperirritable spot in the muscle or  connective  tissue. A trigger point has a referred pattern of pain at rest  and/or on  motion, and is always tender.
  • Somatics is an approach to mind/body integration improves your natural control of your body’s muscular system by improving your physiological functioning.

Massage Therapy – What to expect

A 60 minute appointment is recommended for an initial visit.

The therapist will take a thorough medical history about past accidents, surgeries, medications, current concerns, and goals. If warranted the therapist will do a postural evaluation to determine which direction the treatments should proceed.

After the first consultation and treatment the therapist has a better understanding of the body and factors that contribute to the clients symptoms. They are then able to recommend a treatment plan and decide if massage therapy is the most appropriate course of action.

Massage therapy will address the following:

  • Soft tissue
  • Spine / skeleton
  • Cranium
  • Connective tissue
  • Abdominal organs
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Exercise
  • Preventative and corrective solutions.