Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is beneficial for everyone from age one to one-hundred and one. No matter which type of therapy is chosen, the benefits include: increased circulation, reduced swelling, reduced hypertonic muscles, pain relief, and relaxation. People have also noticed relief of muscle pain and spasms, increased range of motion and flexibility as well as an enhanced overall feeling of well-being. 

  • Swedish

    • Total relaxation of the entire body is the primary goal of this type of massage. Swedish massage involves long gliding strokes toward the direction of the heart to improve circulation and decrease muscle toxins. This technique also increases flexibility while easing tension. A slow and light to medium pressure is used to increase your parasympathetic system output thus enhancing your relaxation experience. 
  • Deep Tissue

    • Deep tissue massage is very similar to a Swedish massage only with deeper pressure, which is beneficial in releasing and relieving chronic muscle tension. This massage uses medium to firm pressure which focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue and fascia. Studies have shown that deep tissue therapy reduces stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin. (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
  • Trigger Point Therapy

    • A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain that radiates to other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy is intended to alleviate the source of the pain by cycling through a series of isolated use of pressure and periods of release. This type of therapy involves a patient’s active participation in identifying the precise location and intensity of discomfort as well as deep breathing to help work through these tension areas. The benefits of trigger point therapy are releasing constrictions and tension areas within muscles resulting in pain relief. 
  • Hot Stone

    • Hot stone massage sessions promote deep muscle relaxation through the use of smooth, water-heated stones incorporated into a traditional Swedish massage. This therapy melts away tension, increases circulation and metabolism and eases muscle stiffness. The hot stones produce a sedative effect that may help relieve chronic pain and muscle spasms, reduce stress and tension, and promote deep relaxation. This type of therapy has been known to help relieve pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome as well as many other chronic conditions. 
  • Reflexology

    • Reflexology can be performed on both the hands and the feet. It is believed that the palms of the hands and soles of the feet are maps to the rest of the body. By working on tension in these areas, relief from ailments in other areas of the body can be effected. This type of massage is also a very calming and relaxing therapy which includes swedish massage of the forearms and calves. 
  • Cranial-Sacral Therapy

    • Also known as craniosacral therapy is a very gentle form of bodywork that focuses on the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum or tailbone. The main goal of this therapy is to alleviate stress and pain while providing relief from migraine or chronic tension headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ dysfunction) and more. Craniosacral therapy is a very relaxing therapy that can also help improve quality of sleep as it increases the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for “rest and digest” processes of the body.
  • Pregnancy Massage

    • Prenatal massage is a wonderful and healthy way to reduce stress as well as promote overall wellness. This treatment is focused on making the new mom-to-be comfortable by relieving many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy; including backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema or swelling. It also reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation to aid in reducing anxiety and increasing relaxation which can result in better sleep. *Women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their OBGYN or midwife before scheduling.