Massage Techniques

Swedish Massage
One of the most well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage involves manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Using five basic strokes (compression, kneading, percussion, friction and gliding) this type of massage is used to improve circulation and promote overall relaxation.  A sheet covers the client with only the body area being worked on exposed, and cream or lotion is used to minimize friction on the skin. 

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue therapy affects the underlying layers of muscle and fascia.  It helps with chronic muscle tension and injury rehabilitation, and can reduce pain caused by inflammation from arthritis, tendonitis and repetitive motion injuries.  It is applied to specific areas and not used as a full body treatment.

Trigger Point Therapy
A massage technique used to relieve chronic discomfort by applying specific pressure to trigger points of referred pain.  These points are localized areas in which the tissues are extremely tender to the touch.  Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other areas of the body, an communication between the client and therapist is necessary as trigger point work can cause some discomfort.  However, symptoms usually improve immediately after a trigger point therapy session.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial release is the application of slow, sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system.  This type of work is used to eliminate restrictions and adhesions in connective tissue.  Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, limited range-of-motion, and headaches.

Sports Massage
Sports massage consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries and pain, alleviate inflammation, and improve performance for amateur and professional athletes b before, during, after, and within their training regimens. 

CranioSacral Therapy
This gentle, noninvasive work encourages the body’s natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction.  CST uses a very light touch, around 5 grams of pressure (the weight of a nickel) to assist the natural movement of the craniosacral system and free it of any restrictions.  Craniosacral Therapy enhances the functioning of the central nervous system and helps dissipate the negative effects of stress.  It does not manipulate tissue in the same way as a massage.  Traditionally CST is performed with the client fully clothed, but it can be combined with other forms of massage therapy.

Mobilizations are passive movements and stretches used to enhance range of motion and improve flexibility in the joints.

Prenatal Massage
Our therapists are trained in massage techniques that are safe and effective to use during pregnancy.  Massage therapy can reduce prenatal discomforts and concerns, and enhance the physiological and emotionally well-being of both mother and fetus.  We will only work with moms-to-be in the second and third trimesters.

Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is the combining of universal energy with individual energy to open pathways of healing.  It involves placing the hands on or just above the body in order to introduce healing energy to the client.  The hands remain in position for 3 to 5 minutes, alternately covering 10 to 20 positions over the body.  During a Reiki session you may experience some warmth or tingling, and most clients report feeling deeply relaxed.  Reiki sessions are usually done with the client fully clothed, but it may also be incorporated into a massage session.