When first meeting your therapist, they will review with you your detailed health history form to ensure a safe treatment. If there is a need, a quick assessment of the problem may involve some range of motion tests, or some special tests. During the massage its self, you remain comfortable and fully covered except for the area being worked on at that time. We are fully trained in Swedish Massage but impliment various techniques to achive maximum results from each treatment session. All our therapists will check your comfort level throughout your treatment, keeping in mind that your treatment plan can be changed at any time. Your time is your own, whether you choose to talk or relax in silence. All our therapists are there to meet your needs.
Myofacial Release Work
Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and myofascia and restore good posture. Myofascial Release techniques focus on relaxing the deep tissue of the body providing lasting and effective relief to the client and patient. This technique is applied directly on the body and uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia which aids in increasing flexability and movement.
Deep Tissue Massage
Generally when people ask for a deep-tissue massage, they really just mean they want "deep" work, the level of which is quite individual. In true "deep-tissue massage, the therapist uses techniques that are different than Swedish techniques, but usually they incorporate some "Swedish" in any massage. Deep-tissue techniques include myofascial release work and trigger point work. The therapist may start with a postural assessment, which is quite thorough. Afterwards, she will work to restore balance to the posture by applying a scientific method of working the muscles.
Trigger Point Therapy
The therapist locates points that are hyper-sensitive and refer pain to other areas. These often follow common patterns and can be seen on a trigger point chart. The therapist repeatedly applies deep holding pressure to these points and (followed by stretching of the muscle). Often this releases the chronic pain pattern. Swedish Massage: Traditional European massage style which incorporates, effleurage (long, smoothing strokes), pettrissage (kneading strokes) and friction (deep cross-fiber strokes). It can be done lightly or very deeply, with much variation, and can incorporate other types of deep-tissue massage as well.
Pregnancy / Pre-natal Massage
Prenatal Massage focuses on the mother-to-be as she goes through the changes due to pregnancy. This is not a replacement for medical care, but rather as an adjunct to aid in the health and rapid recovery of the mother. Certified therapists will focus treatment on the concerns of each trimester including postural changes, lower back pain, muscle aches and stress. After the mother has given birth, treatment will assist in restoring the body back to its normal condition. Prenatal massage may also help reduce and/or eliminate excess water retention, and aid with sleeping.
Relaxation styles of massage offer gentle techniques. The goal, or intention, of relaxation massage is to reduce stress, promote overall wellness, relax muscles, diminish pain, and move body fluids (such as blood) to nourish cells and help remove waste products. It is performed by the therapist with a light to moderate touch and in a slower rythmic manner. It has shown to improve mood, sleep patterns, circulation, and energy.