WHAT'S IN THE BAG?
Massage therapists all have their own tool bag of techniques to pull from in order to get the job done. That's why your massage is unique compared to anyone else's. Feel free to make requests from this list as you see fit.
NURTURING FULL-BODY MASSAGE
Also known as the Swedish massage, perfect for relaxation and general relief from the day. It is excellent for releasing muscular tension, as well as mental and emotional stress.
With Swedish Massage the strokes are long, connected and fluid while applied pressure is light to medium. As a result, our clients experience an overall increased sense of well being and rejuvenation.
The benefits of Swedish Massage include detoxification, increased blood circulation, increased range of motion, and many others.
DEEP FULL-BODY MASSAGE
Deep Tissue Massage involves techniques used in Structural Integration, a technique of deep massage intended to help in the realignment of the body by altering the length and tone of myofascial tissues.
Deep Tissue Massage is aimed at releasing muscle tissue that lies deep below the skin and well past the first and second layers of muscle tissue. Deep Tissue Massage uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage, but because the massage includes the techniques of Structural Integration, the whole massage is generally more intense because more pressure is applied to achieve more specific results. A Deep Tissue massage is considered a more focused type of massage designed to release chronic muscle tension or knots.
Concerned about pain during a Deep Tissue massage? Don’t be. If ever too much pressure is applied, just tell your therapist that’s a little too much, and he or she will always adjust the pressure. With this type of massage the feeling that we go for is the “hurts so good!” feeling – emphasis on good! The goal is always is to release a muscle so you will feel better; the goal is never to see how much pressure you can tolerate.
One more thing. While there are many benefits to any massage, the benefits of a Deep Tissue massage last longer – sometimes days longer – than other types of massages. For people in the know, it is the massage of choice for just that reason.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
To treat headaches, whiplash, stiff neck, vertigo/dizziness, numbness/tingling in hands or feet, Tinnitus, TMJD, unusual or unaccounted-for pains found throughout the body, and more...
The human body is a fascinating piece of machinery, but it is quirky. One of its quirks is making you think you have intense pain where there is no reason or evidence for it whatsoever. Often times this symptom is typically the result of an active Trigger Point.
Trigger points – not to be confused with pressure points – exist everywhere in the body, from your head to your feet and everywhere in between. In fact, anywhere there is a muscle, you can expect to find a trigger point. Trigger points are either switched-on, or they’re switched-off. It's the ones that are switched-on that cause pain and suffering and can be pretty nasty.
Trigger points are notorious for causing strange, unaccounted-for pain in our bodies. A headache is a perfect example of the body’s response to an active trigger point in your neck or back. You feel the pain shooting across your skull, but no matter how you rub your head, it just won’t go away. That’s because for most headaches, the pain isn’t really in your head at all! The pain you feel certainly is real, but it is phantom pain nonetheless. In fact, 80% of all headaches are the result of an active trigger point firing pain signals across your skull or behind your eye balls just to get your attention. Weird!
The goal in Trigger Point Therapy is to shut down the active trigger point and send it back into dormancy. In the process, the phantom pain that you feel literally disappears. For a headache caused by a trigger point, it's like it never was there. You’ll think you just witnessed a miracle!
An injury in this case is in reference to muscle injury, not bone damage or a break in the skin. This is where pain or dysfunction or both have manifested. Muscle injury occurs typically after a physical event like a car accident that causes whiplash. But even tripping up a flight of stairs or waking up with a stiff neck would be considered an injury.
Injury Massage is very specific to muscle dysfunction and is often considered an integral part of Deep Tissue massage. Injury Massage often times works hand-in-hand with Trigger Point Therapy and Passive Stretching to sooth and release the angered muscle tissue.
The benefits of Injury Massage are truly extraordinary. In fact, after receiving this type of massage a client may immediately regain their complete range of motion in an arm that couldn’t be raised beyond midpoint. Another may go from being able to walk only a block or two because of intense pain in the rear, to being able to walk for more than two miles without any pain at all. These are common cases and speak for themselves. There are plenty of others.
Passive stretching is important for certain muscle injuries requiring more attention. After a muscle has been worked by a therapist, or just after exercise, it is often times necessary to stretch the muscle to complete the release.
A passive stretch is one where the client receives stretching rather than performs it. For the client this makes the process of stretching practically effortless. He or she is energized and revitalized after the stretch. The advantage of passive stretching is that it reaches muscles that can’t be as effectively stretched when performed alone.