Our Specialized Therapeutic Massage Services
During each visit you will discuss your goals and work with your Massage Therapist to determine the best type of massage to fit your needs and long-term wellness plan. Please feel free to peruse the different types of massage styles that may be administered during your session.
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Sports Massage
- Trigger Point Massage
- Pregnancy / Prenatal Massage
- Post-Pregnancy Massage
Swedish massage is a gentle type of full-body massage that’s ideal for people who:
- Are new to massage
- Have a lot of tension
- Are sensitive to touch
It can help release muscle knots, and it’s also helpful for when you want to fully relax during a massage.
Swedish Massage is characterized by its firm, yet calming pressure that improves blood circulation, eases muscle tension, and improves flexibility.
The Swedish massage employs a series of long, gliding strokes, kneading of the muscles, and vibrational taps that are so common when one thinks of massage. A therapist will create friction and may do whats called hacking or tapping across a clients back and shoulders to promote the release of tension. Five basic strokes called gliding, kneading, vibrations, friction and hacking are all applied in the direction of the heart in order to encourage blood circulation and the disposal of bodily waste.
The Therapist will always use massage oils to achieve the smooth, long and deep strokes over their client’s body. Therapists apply the oil to reduce friction, and essential oils are sometimes used in order to tap into a client's olfactory senses (sense of smell).
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage borrows many of its techniques from traditional Swedish massage. However the pressure that a massage therapist applies during a deep connective tissue massage is more intense, and massage oil or lotion may not be used. The strokes of this type of massage are slower and more pressure is applied in order to warm the muscle tissue and reach the deeper layers of muscle. Although having a deep connective tissue massage should not cause you any pain, it's often less relaxing and less comfortable than a traditional Swedish massage. Most practitioners ask that their clients tell them immediately if the stroke pressure is too intense.
During a session, the massage therapist will focus on releasing tension from the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (or connective tissues) with deep, intense strokes. When a therapist locates a chronic knot (also referred to as an adhesion), they will often recommend that a client adapt a total lifestyle change – which may include exercises to help improve posture, balance, movement, and relaxation. These steps are complementary to your weekly deep connective tissue massage sessions.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of intense massage that aims to release myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions in the body, and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It has also been known to help relieve chronic tension, to increase the body’s range of motion, to improve posture, and to enhance the natural harmony of the entire body and mind.
Deep Tissue Massage is also said to restore the length and flexibility to the fascia (fibrous tissue that surrounds the muscles and organs), by normalizing the tissue and by improving the strength and overall health of the entire fascial system (connective tissues throughout the entire body).
Sports Massage is a direct descendant of Swedish massage because both techniques help heal injuries like muscle sprain and spasms. Many of the techniques of sports massage such as strokes applied in the direction of the heart are borrowed from Swedish massage. This technique is just as important for athletes as it is for relaxation – the body is encouraged to disperse lactic acids in the muscles in order to make room for a fresh supply of blood and oxygen.
A sports massage can be done as a full-body massage or the massage therapist may focus on the parts of the body that need the most attention. Deep pressure may be alternated with soothing strokes depending on your needs.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massages are best suited for people who have injuries, chronic pain, or a specific issue or condition. Sometimes areas of tightness in the muscle tissues, known as trigger points, can cause pain in other parts of the body. By focusing on relieving trigger points, this type of massage can reduce pain.
Trigger point massage uses broad, flowing strokes that are gentle and relaxing combined with stronger, deeper pressure. The massage will include work on your entire body, though your Therapist will focus on specific areas of your body that need to be released.
Pregnancy / Prenatal Massage
Pregnancy / Prenatal Massage refers to specific massage techniques that have been shown to reduce pregnancy discomforts and to enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus.
Pregnancy is a tumultuous period for a woman’s mind and body. Any woman who has been pregnant can sympathize with the mental and physical fatigue associated with being pregnant. Not only does a woman experience physical changes, she also experiences mental changes.
Massage has been known to calm many of the aches and pains associated with pregnancy such as sciatica, swelling, back and neck pain, and stomach upset. Prenatal massage has also been shown to improve physical discomfort by encouraging circulation and by stretching the muscles and joints to their full range of motion to improve skin elasticity and body tone. Studies show that pregnant women who receive regular prenatal massages are more at ease – furthermore relaxing the fetus inside their womb.
Post-Pregnancy Massage, during the postpartum period, uses specialized massage techniques can help to rebalance the structure of a woman’s body by improving skin elasticity and muscle tone. Massage also has a physiological effect on a new mother; it can help ease any postpartum depression and encourage her to bond with her new baby.