Swedish Massage is what most people think of when they think of massage. It combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, vibration, percussion and cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions.
Swedish Massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what the therapists wants to achieve with their client.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is aimed at relieving tension in the deepest layers of the muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). It is highly effective in releasing chronic stress caused by repetitive motions, misalignments and lingering injuries. It requires the massage therapist to warm up the muscles on top and melt into the tissue before reaching deeper layers.
Reaching the deep layers of muscle and soft tissue may not always be accomplished in the first session. Depending on client comfort, the massage may be modified to be more superficial so they do not subconsciously resist the work.
Sports Massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with sports or exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body's soft tissues. It can enhance performance, reduce aches and pains, prevent injury, increase flexibility, improve recovery rates as well as relax the mind.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy focuses on releasing "Trigger Points" in the body. The inside of the body is covered with soft tissue called fascia. This tissue covers every structure including organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. The fascia that covers the muscles is called myofascia. When the myofascia is stressed from overuse or trauma it can tear and adhere together. These adhesions are called "trigger points" and can prevent the muscles from working well. Trigger points lead to an increase in muscle stiffness and tenderness and a decrease in range of motion. In addition, the discomfort from trigger points can radiate from the adhesion. This is called referral pain.
Aromatherapy is offered at no additional charge during your massage treatment. Essential oils offered range from but are not limited to, Eucalyptus, Pink Grapefruit, Lavender, Peppermint and Pikake (Hawaiian Jasmine).
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - 'Rei' which means "God's Wisdom" or "The Higher Power" and 'Ki' which is "Life Force Energy." So Reiki is actually "Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy."
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. At hospitals and clinics across America, Reiki is beginning to gain acceptance as a meaningful and cost-effective way to improve patient care.