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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage. If it's you're first massage, Swedish massage is the perfect place to start. Swedish massage is particularly to allow the body to absorb more oxygen, thereby rejuvenating the body. Swedish massage is also geared towards detoxification by increasing the speed by which the cells of the body eliminate their waste materials. But more than these, Swedish massage brings to the receiver an immense feeling of satisfaction and relaxation.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is effective because of its technique – consisting of slower, stronger massage that stimulates deep into muscles. This can be especially helpful for athletes who expose their muscles to daily, intensive conditioning. Deep tissue massage will noticeably loosen muscles, alleviate pain, and increase mobility – all significant benefits for an athlete. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of deep tissue massage. In many cases, a deep tissue massage has replaced the classic Swedish massage in terms of frequency of use. Whereas visitors to any spa around the country may have traditionally sought out a massage that simply relaxed, now they are seeking a massage that also stimulates, conditions, and heals. Those suffering from certain conditions may also find deep tissue massage to be quite therapeutic. Sufferers of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, edema, muscle cramping, and even carpal tunnel syndrome may find significant relief from deep tissue massage. The pressure exerted on different groups of muscle tissue stimulates circulation in areas of pain. Deep tissue massage, however, is not for everyone. There can be mild to moderate discomfort during the massage as tight muscles are worked. And there can be a day or two of soreness following the deep tissue massage – similar to after you complete a particularly rigorous workout. But provide long term benifits.

Hot Stone Massage

Are you in need of something to help you relax, relieve muscle tension, or make you forget about your rough day? If so, then a hot stone massage, also known as hot stone therapy, may be the solution you have been looking for. Hot stone therapy is perfect for achieving mental welness The heated stones are then placed strategically along pressure points to help melt away tension creating a calming atmosphere. Stress, deadlines, anxiety, and other life annoyances disappear long enough for your mind to relax at the deepest level. The therapeutic massage creates a sense of well being. Insomnia is often cured through the use of hot stone massages because of its ability to put the mind at ease. It is also known that depression can be helped by the use hot stone therapy. Another benefit of hot stone massage is the feeling of spiritual wellness being achieved. As the warm stones relax the body, the mind is calmed retreating into a deep meditative state. In this meditative state your body becomes re-energized. Sensory stimulating oils used along side the stones help aid in the rejuvenation of your mind. The soothing heat therapy promotes a positive energy flow giving a sense of harmony and balance helping you to feel at peace. Receiving hot stone therapy is like going on an intimate, personal vacation. It is a wonderfully refreshing experience. Physical wellness can also be achieved through hot stone massage. Hot stone therapy relieves muscle aches and pain. The penetrating heat also helps to relieve pain associated with arthritis. It improves blood circulation keeping your heart healthy. The therapy also helps stimulates the flow of oxygen and nutrients helping your body to detoxify and heal. This helps create a calming effect on the nervous system increasing vitality. The end result is a feeling of overall good health. Hot stone therapy is a wonderful treat for the body. It is very rewarding with lots of benefits. Hot stone massages can be found at almost every medical spa around the globe. This therapy is also offered at regular day spas and at vacation destination spa resorts. Everyone needs a break from time to time. Taking the time to get a hot stone massage is worth both the time and money. You will be able to relax, release, and rejuvenate. Reconnecting with you is priceless

Neuromuscular Massage

Perhaps you might have enjoyed a massage in the past. While relaxing massages are enjoyable...neuromuscular or NMT is just one of the massage techniques address pain. You must understand that your nervous system controls everything in your body, including muscle tension and threshold of pain. Whereas a "run of the mill" relaxation type of massage will work on the general areas of your back....NMT is a deep tissue massage that is applied directly to individual specific muscles, ligaments, connective tissue & tendons that are often missed in a "run of the mill" relaxation type of massage. The client will sit in a chair specifically designed for neuromuscular massage therapy or lay on a massage table. The therapist will be using their thumbs, finger tips and even the elbows to explore every fiber tissue looking for bands of muscle fibers that are tighter than the rest of them. These cause problems such as hyper tonicity and ischemia. Hyper tonicity is simply a fancy word for an excess tension in your body’s muscles. Isechemia is simply another word for a restriction of your bodies blood flow in that area. These areas will be treated until they "release". NMT will increase blood flow, diminish their pain and actually release pressure on nerves caused by previous soft tissue and muscle injuries. People often wonder why a neuromuscular massage therapist will be working on one area when it hurts them somewhere else. The reason is Neuromuscular massage helps to release trigger points and intense knots of tense muscle that release pain in other areas of the body that are associated by the same muscle. This is known as "Referred Pain". For example: Relieving a tense trigger point in your back...could help ease pain in your shoulder or even eliminate headaches.

  1. The physiology of your nervous system
  2. Its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems.
  3. They are educated in field of kinesiology
  4. They are educated in the actual biomechanics of the body
  5. They are educated in how to work in a clinical or medical environment

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Latent trigger points are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion of old age. Trigger points may be associated with myofascial pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots. Trigger points differ from acupressure points. Acupressure points are concentrations of energy or blockages of the body's energy pathways. Trigger points are physical phenomena that can be felt by touch. The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace.

What Causes Trigger Points?

Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes of trigger points are: birth trauma, an injury sustained in a fall or accident, poor posture, or overexertion.

What is the Purpose of Trigger Point Therapy?

The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger. Sports massage has many benefits. In addition to FEELING GOOD, sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time.

Myofascial Release)

Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by physical therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems. To understand what Myofascial Release is and why it works, you have to understand a little about fascia. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms in areas you often wouldn't expect. Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia. In other words, Myofascial Release is stretching of the fascia. The stretch is guided by feedback the therapist feels from the patient's body. This feedback tells the therapist how much force to use, the direction of the stretch and how long to stretch. Small areas of muscle are stretched at a time. Sometimes the therapist uses only two fingers to stretch a small part of a muscle. The feedback the therapist feels determines which muscles are stretched and in what order. The therapist finds the area of tightness. A light stretch is applied to the tight area. The therapist waits for the tissue to relax and then increases the stretch. The process is repeated until the area is fully relaxed. Then, the next area is stretched. Most patients are surprised by how gentle Myofascial Release is. Some patients fall asleep during treatment. Others later go home and take a nap. Most patients find Myofascial Release to be a very relaxing form of treatment.Myofascial Release is not massage. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient's pain and by an improvement in overall posture.

    Who Benefits:

  • Back strain, chronic back pain, low back pain, thoracic back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic cervical pain
  • Complex pain complaints
  • Dizziness, vertigo
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibrositis
  • Headache
  • Myofascial pain dysfunction
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-Polio symptoms
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Trigger points, tender points *
  • Whiplash

Accupressure

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and vibrant health. For a pressure point reference and a self-care guide for common complaints from A to Z, see Acupressure's Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., with 400 illustrations and over a hundred self-acupressure healing applications. Acupuncture & Acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians, but Acupuncture employs needles, while Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure. When these acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body's life force energy to aid healing. Acupressure therapy can be used to relieve pain, fortify the sexual reproductive system, detoxify the body for greater health and beauty, and tone facial and back muscles.

Sinus Massage

A Treatment for your blocked sinuses. Which is always beneficial for prevention too.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient practice that is now considered part of the complementary and alternative (CAM) medicine category, along with acupuncture and aromatherapy. During a cupping therapy session, a massage or acupuncture therapist applies suction cups to various areas of the body. The cup may be made of bamboo, plastic, or glass; traditionally, horns and shells have also been used.[1] While the cup is in place, suction stimulates blood flow and even causes blood to leak into the skin and produce a hickey-like red or purple bruise. Reported benefits include joint and muscle pain relief, increased blood flow, and reduced inflammation. Although the practice rose to mainstream, international attention during the 2016 Summer Olympics when athletes were spotted sporting large circular bruises on their arms, backs, and legs, the practice actually began in ancient Egypt.[2] From there, it spread to Greece, Europe, the Middle East, and Eastern Asia.[1] Because cupping therapy has a long history in several cultures, it is known by other names including needlehorn, sucking method, fire cupping, and horning. The term cupping usually refers to dry cupping. This is different from wet cupping which is less common and involves lacerating the skin with a scalpel to allow bleeding. The Health Benefits of Cupping Therapy According to advocates, cupping increases blood flow to the areas where the cups are placed, making it an effective way to relieve muscle pain and accelerate recovery. Some proponents insist that cupping helps the body repair muscle damage by pulling nutrients into the affected areas, but theres no hard, scientific data to support the idea. Although much of the conversation supporting cupping therapy is anecdotal, a few rigorous studies exist and the results suggest that cupping offers a way to help manage pain.[3] In fact, in some trials, cupping therapy relieved pain just as well as conventional treatments for pain management.[4] One of the most appealing benefits of employing alternative methods for pain management is that there are no adverse side-effects, unlike pharmaceutical drugs. The therapeutic benefits of cupping might be the placebo effect, but even if the relief you feel stems from the expectation of relief, its still, arguably, a better option.[5] As an interesting sidenote, it seems that shingles, also known as herpes zoster, benefits from cupping therapy when used in conjunction with other CAM therapies, but more research is needed to pinpoint the mode of action.[3] Alternatives to Cupping Therapy for Muscle Pain Of course, there are other methods for relieving discomfort that have stronger scientific evidence. An ice compress is an excellent way to relieve sore muscles because the cold helps control inflammation in the affected area.[6] Ointments that contain menthol are especially helpful for soothing stiff, sore muscles.[7] Thats why we include menthol in NutraCool, our all-natural, preservative-free lotion that relaxes muscles and loosens joints.

Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage

It is a very deep style, but the emphasis is on soothing, rather than more pointed techniques such as acupressure. The massage is like a Rhythmical dance that gently rocks one into a blissful release of tension. Lomilomi, meaning "masseur, masseuse" in the Hawaiian language, is the word used today to describe Hawaiian massage, traditionally called lomi, meaning "to rub, press, squeeze,massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat". Lomilomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage. Traditionally in ancient Hawaii lomilomi was practiced in four contexts:

  1. As a healing practice of native healers.
  2. As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs.
  3. As restorative massage within the family
  4. By lua (masters of the Hawaiian martial art)