WELLNESS/SWEDISH - Combines stroking, kneading and pressing the soft tissue of the skin to warm and release tight muscles into deep relaxation. The therapeutic benefits include stretching and loosening muscles, stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage, easing joint stiffness and increasing mobility, in addition to promoting overall health of skin and body.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY (NMT) - Encompasses a group of Neuromuscular massage techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and acupressure as well as other soft tissue modalities. Physically speaking, neuromuscular therapy work focuses on correcting the alignment of the body, and relieving trigger points and their associated areas. By lengthening contracted muscles and relieving other soft tissue restrictions, normal functioning of the area is restored (e.g. normal blood flow, reduction of inflammation, normal loading of the body within gravity, etc.). By softening the trigger points and their referred areas, we can calm the nervous system, reduce chronic pain, increase range of motion, and correct postural distortions.
DEEP TISSUE - Deep-tissue massage is a specific type of massage therapy that realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue in the body. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE – This technique consists of small, light, slow pulls on the skin. The superficial Lymphatic system is located directly under the top layer of skin which means that light touch is very important, and often no more than 5 grams of pressure. Lymphatic Drainage activates the lymph system in our body, making it more efficient. A more efficient system helps the body to absorb fluids more quickly and greatly increases lymphatic flow. This helps the body to heal faster and improves immune system function. Additionally, lymphatic drainage is calming to the body, promoting relaxation.
REFLEXOLOGY STYLE HAND AND FOOT MASSAGE – Reflexology is an ancient healing art based on the principles that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to every part, organ and gland in the body. Certain massage techniques on the hands and feet, when familiar with the basic organ and gland corresponding parts, can improve the function of those parts.
PEDIATRIC & INFANT – Massage is an excellent way for parents and caregivers to communicate and form a strong relationship with their infants and children. With infant massage, the parents are instructed in the principles and techniques of infant massage. The benefits to both the child and adult are numerous and may include: increased parent-child attachment and bonding, increased confidence in parenting skills, improved respiration, improved circulation, enhanced body awareness, reduced hypersensitivity to touch, improved vocalization, better gastrointestinal functioning/relief of gas and constipation, relaxation for the parent/caregiver and baby/child. With pediatric massage, the child's medical status, age or developmental level and sensory function all need to be considered and adapted to in order for it to be safe and beneficial. I have personally witnessed how pediatric massage can help relieve many of the physical and emotional stresses on school age children, which can prevent the development of other issues as they become adults. Parents are always encouraged and welcome to participate, in order to learn how to incorporate any techniques with their children at home.
AROMATHERAPY - The use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, and roots) in body and skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation, and help the healing of wounds.
CHAKRA BALANCING & REIKI - Chakra balancing and other energy therapies - such Reiki - are based on the philosophical model that the body has seven main energy centers along the spine which receive, assimilate, and express life force energy. These energy centers are referred to as chakras. Each chakra has its own color, vibrates at a specific frequency and corresponds to both an aspect of your spirit and the seven major nerve or endocrine centers in the body. Chakra balancing can be experienced alone or as part of a Reiki session. Reiki touch therapy is used in much the same way to achieve similar effects that traditional massage therapy is used—to relieve stress and pain, and to improve the symptoms of various health conditions. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means "universal life energy" in Japanese. Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques. The function of a Reiki treatment is to heal energy blockages in the chakra system of the body and promote healthy flow of energy, thus promoting emotional, spiritual and physical health. Reiki is considered to be energy healing which is guided by the higher power in the universe (whatever your belief system), with the practitioner not directing the flow but acting as a channel for the energy.