During a Swedish massage, your therapist will first apply massage oil or lotion to your body and then employ long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. These purposeful movements help to warm your muscle tissue, release tension, and release those tight “knots” you may have been experiencing in your neck, shoulders, or back. In addition, Swedish massage may also incorporate the use of other techniques: circular pressure that is applied by his/her hands and palms, a firm kneading of the muscles, a percussion-like tapping, and even stretching of the joints and muscles.
Great for: pain • stress • tension • anxiety • joint mobility • relaxation • overall well-beingBack to top
Deep tissue techniques focus on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue in your body by using firm pressure and slow, deliberate strokes. People who suffer from chronic pain, or muscle injury and overuse tend to benefit most from deep tissue massage. Even if you don’t suffer from a chronic condition or serious injury, you can experience numerous benefits from regular deep tissue sessions.
Great for: chronic pain and tension • improved posture and physical performance • flexibility and mobilityBack to top
Myofascial release massage focuses on breaking up the hardened fascia to restore a healthy level of flexibility and range of motion. The massage therapist uses their hands to stretch and break down the fascia to regain precious flexibility. The process takes time, and a specific area can be focused on for over five or more minutes. Several sessions are usually required to achieve lasting improvements.
Great for: chronic pain and tension • range of motion • anxiety and depression • blood circulationBack to top
Bamboo sticks are taken and then, are heated up. These are then used to massage the body, letting the muscles expand and become more pliable. As a result, this particular massage can get deep into the tissue to take away whatever knots or tension there is. This effective massage technique is conducted using specialized bamboo tools that will help provide the deep tissue massage without any discomfort. Having a massage has always been a soothing practice but the use of bamboo in the practice further heightens the leisure.
Great for: muscle pain and tension • stress and anxiety • chronic pain • range of motionBack to top
Cupping massage utilizes silicone and plastic cups with a vacuum pistol to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved in different ways across the surface — whether it’s by gliding, shaking, popping or rotating methods — while also carefully pulling on the cup. The cups may also be left on the surface for a short period of time to help with the movement of joints as well as the release of soft tissue.
This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or can work superficially to pull inflammation and stagnate blood toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can eliminate them.
Great for: chronic pain • tension • adhesions • joint mobility • arthritis • fibromyalgia • sciatica • plantar fasciitisBack to top
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization can be added to any massage to help address issues like chronic pain and tissue restrictions. This method involves scraping/gliding over the skin with a smooth beveled edged tool, to stimulate the release of adhesions and scar tissue. This helps increases blood flow to the area, and improves soft tissue function and movement.
Great for: pain • tension • adhesions • range of motion • circulationBack to top
Neural Reset Therapy
NRT® was developed by Lawerence Woods as a form of massage therapy that uses the nervous system to reset (or relax) the muscles to their optimum tone. There is nothing more relieving than escaping from the nuisances of muscle pains.
Great for: muscle pain • tension • range of motion • muscle spasmsBack to top
Not Sure Which Is For You?
My therapeutic massages generally blend different methods together to accomplish greater and longer lasting results. Each method has it’s own unique purpose. At your appointment i’ll discuss a few different factors with you, that can help determine what massage method is right for you. This generally includes:
- Any goals you have
- Reasons for getting massage
- Preferred pressure
- Area(s) being worked (fully body or focused/spot work)