Massage

Massage therapy is a powerful tool in your health care regimen. Stress relief, pain management and enhanced immunity are among the many benefits.

 

We offer Swedish, Tui Na, prenatal, deep tissue and sports massage.

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This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. Using massage oil or lotion, therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle to release tension. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had a massage before, this is a great place to start.

Tui Na (pronounced twee na) is a bodywork therapy that was developed in China over 2,000 years ago. This method uses hand techniques to massage the soft tissues (muscle and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to redirect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign musculoskeletal relationships and ligaments. Tui Na is used for the treatment of specific musculoskeletal and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy that incorporates one or more highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, cleansing, decongesting or balancing for an optimal massage experience. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited for stress-related or emotional conditions.

Deep Tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Slower strokes or friction techniques are used across the grain of the muscle. Deep Tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People may feel sore for 1-2 days after treatment. Think of it as a passive workout and plan accordingly.

Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs. Prenatal massage requires specialized  training and is done with an extremely detailed awareness of contraindicated areas and sensitivities. We are mindful that we are caring for you and for your baby simultaneously.

Reflexology is more than a simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. Don’t be surprised if a reflexology massage fixes your headache, helps your sluggish digestion, or puts you right to sleep!

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to have a Sports massage—people who are very active and work out often can also benefit from this type of bodywork. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility. A combination of techniques are used including strokes that are generally faster than Swedish massage and facilitated stretching. Sports Massage is great to plan into your schedule if you are training for your first 5k, just started a new exercise regimen, or if you are heading out on a big outdoor adventure.