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This is an integration of techniques that includes the basic Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, shiatsu, thai, hot stone, energy balancing and craniosacral therapy along with other modalities in conjunction with instruction in nutrition, meditation and molecular hydration. When all of these elements are combined together, the maximum healing of stress levels, muscle tension, and low energy levels occurs.
Our Swedish massage uses five styles of long and flowing strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has been shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis over a period of eight weeks. It's also been shown to be helpful for individuals with poor circulation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles and the connect tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. This style of massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity and patients who have sustained physical injuries. Deep tissue consequently is ideal for athletes. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. As the deep tissue muscles become stronger, they support physical activity and help reduce problems caused by overworking muscles during day to day activities.
Shiatsu is a Japanese therapy that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers, elbows and palms to the same "energy meridians" as acupressure and also incorporates stretching. This massage also uses techniques such as rolling, brushing, vibrating and grasping. "Shi" means "finger" and "atsu" means "pressure" in Japanese. It is most effective when dealing with specific pain you are experiencing, such as lower back pain, lower body pain, shoulder pain, etc.
Trigger Point Massage
This massage involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local pain or refer pain and other sensations, such as headaches in other parts of the body. Manual pressure, vibration, injection or other treatment is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain. Trigger points have been photomicographed and measured electrically. These points relate to dysfunction in the myoneural junction, also called the neuromuscular junction, in muscle and therefore this modality is different from reflexology, acupressure and pressure point massage.
Hot Stone Therapy
Basalt stones (or lava rocks), over time, become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recipient's back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles which releases tension. They are also used on the shoulders, limbs and buttocks with pressure to administer a triple therapeutic effect by expanding and releasing the muscles as well as drawing out the toxins from the muscle to the surface of the skin. The porous surface of the stones draw the toxins off of the skin into the stones. The main toxin this effects is Lactic Acid, which is what causes pain in your muscles. Hot stone therapy essentially pulls pain from your muscles while softening and releasing tension spots.
This is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, creams or lotions (the feet being the primary area of application), reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the areas related to the reflexes.
PNF, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, stretching is an occupational therapy and physical therapy procedure. The most common PNF leg or arm positions encourage flexibility and coordination throughout the limb's entire range of motion. PNF is used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance. Good range of motion makes better biomechanics, reduces fatigue and helps prevent overuse injuries.
ART is most commonly used to treat conditions related to adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles. Specific conditions that can be treated with ART include headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, sciatica, TMJ, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, other peripheral nerve entrapments and other soft tissue inflammatory disorders of the joints.
Myofascial release involves deep tissue manipulation combined with movement education. It's designed to restore structural balance, ease of movement and a feeling of "fitting in your skin." The aim is to unwind the strain patterns residing in the body's myofascial system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length and ease. This is accomplished by deep, slow, fascial and myofascial manipulation coupled with movement re-education.
We lean on the recipient's body with our hands, knees and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm and rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the "Sen" lines on the body, which are somewhat analogous to the "meridians" of "channel" of Chinese medicine and Indian nadis. Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body while the feet do the massaging action. A full Thai massage session will typically last up to two hours or more. This includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body including pulling of the fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient's back and arching the recipient into a bhujangasana, or "cobra position". Thai massage can increase blood flow up to 500%.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
This massage technique is used to gently work and stimulate the lymphatic system to assist in reduction of localized swelling. This is a very light massage.