Usually a full-body massage intended to increase venous circulation and promote relaxation.
Should not be confused with deep pressure massage such as a Swedish massage with sustained deeper pressure. True deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and fascia while increasing arterial blood flow to an area. It is deliberate, focused work applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. Sessions can be intense and leave you sore the next day. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. In addition, it has the capability to break up some connective tissue adhesions. This type of massage helps to eliminate metabolic waste build up in the tissues, reduces muscle spasm and stretches and broadens muscle, tendons and ligaments.
Advanced massage techniques which influence the muscles and their function through sensory input. Includes techniques such as ischemic compression, muscle energy techniques, trigger point therapy, strain-counterstrain, contract/relax and PNF. These types of massage are therapeutic and effective in treating chronic conditions especially when trigger points and connective tissue adhesions are present.
An advanced massage technique that specifically addresses the fascia (connective tissue) by stretching it, breaking up adhesions or releasing holding/bracing patterns. Trauma, poor posture or inflammation can create binding down of the fascia resulting in excessive pressure or pulling on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, joints and organs. Because fascia connects us from head to toes, if it has lost its mobility movement may be restricted anywhere in the body. The result is pain and dysfunction.
A gentle hands on therapy that works to release restrictions within the membrane system that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Restrictions in this system can cause global pain and various symptoms throughout the body. CranioSacral helps to alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including: headaches, chronic pain, stress and tension related problems, chronic fatigue, fibromylagia, motor and sensory problems, TMJ dysfunction and many other orthopedic conditions.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
An advanced hands on therapy that uses gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. LDT also helps to stimulate immune system function and balance the autonomic nervous system. Benefits of LDT include reduction in swelling, relief of chronic and sub acute inflammatory conditions, detoxification, pain relief and deep relaxation.
Hot Stone Massage
Usually a Swedish type of massage that incorporates smooth, flat, heated rocks placed at key points on the body.