Types of Massage Offered:
Deep Tissue Massage
Affects the underlying layers of the fascia and musculature. Utilizes techniques which require more advanced training and thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. To perform deep tissue massage, the muscles must first be relaxed to allow the practioner to reach deeper musculature which otherwise may cause bruising. Helps with injury rehabilitation and chronic muscular pain. Generally integrated with other massage techniques.
This Hawaiian massage system uses large movements of the hands, forearms, and elbows to cover broad areas of the body. Unlike Swedish massage to which it is similar, Lomi-Lomi - Hawaiian for 'rub rub' - acknowledges spiritual aspects which are integrated in its techniques. Described as "the loving touch - a connection between heart, hand, and soul with the source of all life" by teacher Aunty Margaret Machado.
Prenatal massage is performed by trained specialists and includes many effective and safe massage methods and somatic therapies. Prior to birth, these techniques can reduce discomforts and concerns of pregnancy. Mother and fetus gain enhanced emotional and physiological well-being. Referral from a physician is advisable prior to therapy.
Shiatsu (finger pressure) was developed in Japan in which the fingers are pressed onto particular traditional acupuncture points of Oriental healing. Similar to accupressure but concentrates more on restoring balance in the body's meridians and organs to promote self-healing and unblocking the flow of life energy. The fingers are pressed to specific zones along energy merdians to ease aches, pain, fatique, tension, and symptoms of disease.
Sports massage is targeted toward amateur and professional athletes throughout their training activities. These massage techniques are designed to reduce injuries, provide warm-up, and alleviate inflammation.
The most well-known of all massage modalities, Swedish massage techniques stimulate circulation, relax the mind, and energize the body. It utilizes flowing strokes toward the head and manipulates the body's soft tissues. Applied with oil to reduce skin friction, therapists combine strokes which include rolling, kneading, vibration, tapping, and percussive movements. Benefits include scar tissue adhesion dissolution, improved circulation, improved sleep patterns, and relaxation.
Reflexology involves the application of pressure to reflex zones of the feet, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body to stimulate body organs and relieve congestion areas. Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, its techniques are used to increase relaxation, reduce pain, and stimulate blood and lymphatic fluid circulation. In cases where body areas are traumatized or diseased preventing direct manipulation, reflexology is a convenient form of massage therapy.
Most therapists can provide a combination of these techniques depending on your needs and wishes determined in your initial consultation. Some therapists also offer specialized techniques such as lymphatic drainage or myofacial release.