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Benefits of Massage
Relaxation MassageRelaxation massage is the traditional form of massage used in western culture. It utilizes swedish massage techniques to promote relaxation, healthy circulation, better sleep patterns, pain relief & a sense well-being. The massage consists of the therapist applying gentle to medium pressure of the hands to the body, gently manipulating the tissue to promote relaxation. It is not a deep tissue massage. It is not designed for working the deeper muscles of the body, but just a gentle kneading & rubbing of the outer layers of the body tissue. It will cover a wide range of areas on the body including the back, legs, arms & neck.During a session, the patient will remove most of their clothing & lie on a massage table w/ a light sheet and/or blanket draped over the body. Usually a relaxation massage can be modified & tailored to your specific desires. Sometimes there is the option of adding some aromatherapy treatment to heighten the holistic experience of the massage. The massage takes place in a quiet, comforting environment, w/ your choice of any music or candlelight in the background. Many live their stressful lives day to day without taking any time off just for them. Isn't’t it about time you pampered yourself w/ a relaxation massage?
Therapeutic MassageOccasionally we all suffer minor injuries (explained or unexplained) to our muscles, tendons & ligaments. In these cases a careful evaluation of the body & the particular complaint is required before proceeding w/ massage or other restorative techniques. This service is designed for those in mind w/ specific complaints or issues. Initial visits require more time & are limited to 60 or 90 minute sessions as determined by your therapist
Bamboo FusionInnovative as it is practical, bamboo fusion massage provides a deep tissue massage using the versatility of heated bamboo. Various sizes of bamboo & rattan are heated to a comfortable 110 degrees & used to warm the tissues literally rolling away aches & pains. Are you looking for deep tissue massage? Here is a wonderful way to get that deep tissue feel without the soreness that can often accompany traditional deep tissue massage. Each piece of bamboo or rattan is carefully hand-crafted & shaped to glide smoothly over the body. If you like deep tissue massage, you are going to love this new modality! Is bamboo fusion massage right for you? While bamboo fusion massage can be preformed on a variety of body types & sizes, it is not for everyone. If you have a serious illness (such as hiv/aids, lupus, cancer, etc…), extremely sensitive skin, or bone loss (osteoporosis), you should opt to go w/ a more traditional type of massage or energy work
Hot Stone MassageHot stone therapy is an intensely relaxing massage in which warm stones are placed at specific sites on the body to help open up the body’s energy meridians (energy pathways). Then, as an extension of their own hands & energy fields, the therapist uses stones to warm muscle tissue allowing for gentler & deeper manipulation of the tissue. For those suffering from circulatory issues this massage comes highly recommended.
Lomi LomiLomi lomi is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient polynesians & more specifically the master healers of hawaii. The spirit of hawaiian tradition brings you serenity w/ this soothing massage. A true connection between the body, mind & spirit awaits you. Let the tranquility of this “dance” lull you to a peaceful sleep like the rhythm of the waves of the ocean.
Ashiatsu MassageFrom the ancient cultures of asia, india, africa, & the pacific rim comes a form of bodywork that literally means “foot pressure”. With the aid of overhead bars & the broad deep pressure of two flowing feet, our bare “soles” reveal nothing but relief for the exhausted body.
Oncology MassageOncology massage is massage designed for those who have cancer or have had cancer. It differs from regular massage in that it is specifically & exclusively comfort oriented massage. What that means is that while many techniques may be utilized, all are used w/ specific client concerns addressed as needed by the therapist. There are still instances where massage is not advised (contraindicated), but for the most part it is thought to bring aid & comfort to a group of people that suffer greatly w/ a debilitating & life threatening illness. Oncology massage is a specialized field of bodywork. Those who have cancer or have had cancer & desire massage should seek out those persons trained specifically in oncology massage as well as manual lymph drainage. Cancer patients & health workers report the following benefits at almost every stage of the illness:
Prenatal MassageRelaxing & rejuvenating this massage focuses on revitalizing the body & alleviating aches & pains associated w/ pregnancy. Also, includes guided imagery upon request. This massage will help the expecting mother to rid her body of excess swelling, improve her ability to move & bend, help w/ back pain & all her other aches. Our special clients are treated to their massage starting in a reclined pose. A small towel is placed under the right hip to shift the baby weight off the vena cava ( blood vessel responsible for blood return to the heart). The massage begins w/ head, neck & shoulders. After the arms & legs, the client is placed in a sideline pose (to the right & then the left) w/ a pillow to support the head & one in between the knees. The client will finish the massage, as she started, in the reclined pose. Remember your baby experiences the same emotions, stress & stress relief that you do. So, treat you & yours to a relaxing & soothing massage today!
ReflexologyReflexology is a form of alternative healing based on a set of chinese energy (chi) pathways called meridians. These meridians extend from the head thru the hands & feet. Manipulation of specific pressure points on the hands & feet are thought to influence the flow of this energy. For example, gentle manipulation of the tip of the toes corresponds to a point in the head & brain. Or, a point in the palm of the hand corresponds to the stomach. Thus by applying small purposeful movements & pressure to the hands & feet, the entire body can be effected. A session of reflexology will begin w/ a short client history. The client is then shown to the room & invited to recline in a soft comfortable zero gravity chair. Lights are low & soft soothing music plays in the background. The reflexologist will enter the room & place pillows under the ankles so that the feet are above the heart. A pillow & blanket are supplied for the comfort of the client. The reflexologist usually begins w/ the hands, but that is subject to change depending on the needs of the client. When the hands are thoroughly treated, the therapist will begin on the feet. The client is encouraged to provide feedback if anything done is painful or uncomfortable. The pressure used during a reflexology session varies according to need but is generally medium to gentle.
Benefits of Massage
Benefits of Incorporating Massage Into a Healthy Lifestyle
Alleviate low-back pain, Improve range of motionStudies show that patients who received regular massages used less pain medication & spent less time immobilized than back pain sufferers who received traditional medical care without massage therapy.
Relieve headaches, reduce stress & anxiety & lessen depressionThe relaxing effects of massage not only relieves tension & lifts your mood, but focusing on the sensation of relaxation helps the nervous system to calm, your breathing to slow & deepen, & therefore helps to restore a sense of well-being & energy.
Improve muscle flexibility, Increase range of motionAthletes of any level benefit from using massage therapy to prepare for, & recover from, strenuous workouts or intense competitions. The pressure of massage helps to improve blood flow & increase muscle temperature to help stretch, relax & soften injured, tired & overused muscles.
Alleviate emotional & physical pressureMassage therapy also helps ease the emotional & physical pressure that accompanies cancer treatment. Reducing the pain, stress & anxiety during a serious medical condition can aid during the recovery process.
Fight infection, promote faster healingMassage therapy helps your body fight off infection & promote faster healing from injury & illness by improving the circulation of blood throughout the body’s circulatory system. The lymphatic system, a body’s natural defense system against disease & immunity, also benefits from an increased lymph flow.
Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ, the skinThe increased blood flow throughout the body promotes tissue regeneration which not only reduces scar tissue & stretch marks, but also tones the skin. This is especially beneficial to post surgical patients to reduce post surgery adhesions & swelling.
Alleviate the common discomforts of pregnancyMassage therapy during pregnancy will not only reduce anxiety, but will also help soothe common discomforts associated w/ the skeletal & circulatory systems that are brought on by hormonal shifts during pregnancy.