Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

 

We currently offer a series of massage options designed to soothe the senses. Whether you feel overworked or you’re suffering specific aches and pains, our massage therapists can provide the perfect treatment.

Massage Therapy is best known for alleviating stress as well as reducing pain and muscle tension but did you know there are many other benefits:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves digestive disorders
  • Alleviates fibromyalgia pain
  • Reduces headaches
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Creates a deeper connection with yourself to promote better healing

 

Halo-Massages

 

Pure Relaxation Halo Massage
60 Min — $110
90 Min — $155

Just as the name implies, this is the perfect modality to relieve the stress and tightness caused by your hectic life. While the Swedish massage increases circulation and soothes muscles, the Salt Therapy cleanses your respiratory tract, opens up your airways and leaves you breathing better.

Massage Therapy offers great relaxation and revitalization to the body. There are primarily two types of massage therapies namely, Eastern Massage and Western Massage.

The primary purpose of Western massage is to relieve tense muscles and promote an overall sense of relaxation. In contrast, Eastern massage takes a more holistic approach, balancing the body and all of its parts, including the nervous and digestive systems.

Eastern Massage Overview You’ll notice that Eastern massage is drastically different from Western styles before the massage therapist even lays a hand on you. Eastern massage begins with diagnosis. The practitioner will feel for the pulse in three positions on the wrist in an attempt to detect imbalances throughout the body. Much like Eastern medicine, the ultimate goal of Eastern massage is to find the root cause of any issues rather than just treating symptoms, such as back pain or tightness.

Special techniques are used to soothe very specific points on the body’s energy meridians. This is believed to create healing effects throughout the body.

Let’s explore a few popular types of Eastern massage:

Tui Na – This form of massage is most similar to Western massage in that if focuses on the stretching and kneading of muscles. Tui na differs from Western massage techniques in that its end goal is to relieve tension over a larger space of the body by focusing on the entire muscle. This massage is generally used in conjunction with other Chinese medicinal practices to treat the entire body.

Shiatsu – Shiatsu incorporates the techniques of zhi ya and tui na with other methods, such as rolling, vibrations, and strumming on the body. The therapist will use his or her fingers, thumbs, and palm to apply pressure to the muscles. This is a very popular type of massage that you will often find on the menu of many Western spas. A Journal of Holistic Medicine study found that shiatsu massage helped alleviate pain and anxiety in patients over time.

Thai Yoga Massage – Not just a massage, this ancient healing technique combines acupressure, Ayurvedic massage, and assisted yoga techniques. It is essentially a form of yoga where the person receiving the massage remains completely passive. A 2005 Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies article found that patients who suffered back pain saw a 50 percent reduction in pain after receiving Thai yoga massage for three weeks.

Trigger Point Therapy – Trigger point therapy differs from other types of Western massage in that the receiver actively participates in the massage through deep breathing. It is based on the idea that a trigger point in one area of the body may cause pain in another area. By releasing tension in the muscles at the trigger point, you may be able to relieve pain in the corresponding area.

Lymphatic Drainage – This modality uses very light pressure (about the weight of a nickel-coin, hand-to-skin). Lymphatic drainage may be helpful: before or after surgery; in recovery of soft-tissue injuries; to sluggish immune systems such as with colds and allergies; with symptoms of chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, mild depression; with “Traveler’s edema”; to free blocked flow through scar tissue (surgery/injury); in improving the condition of the skin as it helps to remove waste and toxins; in lowering blood pressure

Cupping-One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. I often combine cupping with acupuncture into one treatment, but it could also be used alone.

Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.

Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove ” heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.

You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.

Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.

Cupping has numerous benefits — it can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body. It often works wonders for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin conditions (though cups are not applied to inflamed areas), allergies, fevers, aches and myriad other pains.

 

Dress Code for some of the massages

Most of the massages like shiatsu or Tui-Na, Thai massage are done fully clothed and this is for the reason that we’re not working with oil so we don’t really need skin access. It’s a great form for people who don’t feel comfortable getting undressed when they go for body work. So when you come for a shiatsu session we’ll literally work on top of the clothes. Depending on the season you might also have a blanket over you on top of whatever you’re wearing so it’s really about accessing the energy pathways through pressure and that can happen very easily through the clothes. So the recipient can wear anything that’s really comfortable from loose sweat pants or yoga pants and some practitioners like you to be fully clothed in long sleeves or a T-shirt and it’s important not to wear anything that’s too constricting or tight around the waist. It’s nice to wear socks as well and depending on the season the type of clothing that’s loose and comfortable might change. Great to talk to the practitioner about that to get specifics for how they like to work. But in general just loose, comfy clothing that covers your skin.

Kinesiology

 

Touch for Health Kinesiology Touch for Health (TFH) is the most widely used system of kinesiology in the world. Millions of people have experienced and benefited from TFH. In TFH we use muscle testing as a method of biofeedback to identify imbalances in the body’s energy system. Using a holistic approach, we rebalance the body’s energies and activate the body’s intrinsic healing process so that the body can better heal itself. The TFH process can also assist individuals to better achieve their life goals and true potential with goal specific balancing. Touch for Health uses applied kinesiology, acupressure and massage to stabilize and enhance body energy, create relaxation in mind and body, restore and maintain health. This therapy integrates the original Chinese understanding of meridians and pressure points that stimulate different parts of the body with the science of kinesiology, or muscle testing, to determine, through the use of the body’s innate intelligence, the state of a specific muscle or system. The proper technique is then applied to stimulate or balance the muscle or system. Touch for health is a noninvasive, gentle and holistic system for the assessment of imbalance and subsequent treatment. Many conditions and concerns can be helped through Kinesiology such as: Relief from pain and tension Regulate body function Improve posture Improve sleep Improve concentration Release fears and phobias Improved mind and body awareness Improve digestion Improve immune function We recommend the full one hour session for your first appointment. One hour session – $65 30 minute session – $40