Benefits of Massage
- Relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Improve energy alertness
- Increase nourishing blood supply to tissue
- Aid in the recovery of pulled muscles and strained ligaments
Along with these benefits, a chain of healthy responses is set into action, all of which can help to strengthen the immune system, calm the nervous system, lower blood pressure, improve posture, and increase joint flexibility or range of motion.
You will be asked to complete a health history information sheet to give your therapist an understanding of your specific needs and goals. Your therapist may use a combination of massage styles within a single session to achieve the best result for you.
Here is some information about the types of massage styles. Some styles are only offered by specific therapists; it is best to check when scheduling so we can fit you with the best therapist to meet your needs.
Types of Massages
Swedish Massage – This type of massage is good for relaxation and stress relief. It is generally a full-body massage which lasts one hour. Long, gentle strokes are applied to major muscle groups, gentle music is played, and warmed lotion is used for an idyllic “vacation massage”.
Deep Tissue Massage – For clients experiencing muscle tightness, this type of massage might be a good solution. Gentle pressure is used at first to loosen the major muscle groups; then a firmer pressure is applied to target the deeper muscles and tendons. Because this type of massage is ineffective if it hurts, it is important to let your therapist know if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort during the course of your session.
Sports Massage – Athletic injuries can inhibit future participation in sports and interfere with your daily life. We can help speed up your recovery through massage and offer suggestions for home treatment, such as stretching and exercises.
Neuromuscular Therapy – This form of bodywork is designed for individuals suffering from acute or chronic pain. Rather than trying to work the entire body, the therapist maximizes time by focusing on the specific muscles at the source of the pain, as well as other muscles and fascia (tissues) which may be involved in the pain syndrome. Because of the sensitivity of the tissues being treated, an ongoing dialogue is encouraged.
Myofascial Release – This form of massage works to release the superficial fascia covering all muscles, bones, organs, and veins. Restrictions in fascia of one part of the body can hinder movement in other areas of our body. Releasing this tissue helps restore movement and flexibility.
Hot Stone Massage – This modality uses smooth river rocks as extensions of the therapist’s hands to perform the basic movements of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. The heat transfers from the rocks to penetrate deeply into the muscle tissue providing an overall relaxation and deep release of tight muscle tissue.
Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage – This massage is preformed only after the first trimester of pregnancy is complete. Prenatal massage is used to reduce low back pain and focus specifically on the issues facing an expecting mother. A pregnancy pillow or side-lying position is used to achieve a comfortable position for this massage.
Lymphatic Drainage – This is a gentle massage technique similar to Swedish that focuses on reducing swelling and fluid retention.
Reflexology – This is massage preformed directly on the hands and feet to achieve relief throughout the body.