Swedish massage is used to relax the entire body, relieve stress and pain, and enhance the client's functional ability. It increases blood oxygen levels, decreases muscle toxins, and improves circulation. This massage utilizes five basic types of strokes: effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber), and vibration or shaking.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Though similar to Swedish massage, this form of massage uses deeper pressure to relieve tension in the muscles located deeper in the body. Benefits are a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, a reduction in stress hormone levels, improved muscle flexibility, relief from pain, improvement in mood ⎯ and an experience of deep relaxation.
The main goal of pregnancy massage is to make sure the client is as comfortable as possible. Depending on where the client is in her pregnancy, or to promote fertility, a side-lying position may be necessary. Swedish techniques with light-to-medium pressure are generally used. The benefits of pregnancy massage are relief of tension headaches, lowered stress levels, improved circulation due to a decrease in tension and swelling, and reduction of aches and pains.
Sports massage is an effective modality for any athlete. It focuses mainly on areas in the body that the client overuses in his/her sport, and can be done either as pre- or post-event therapy. Benefits of sports massage include improvement of flexibility, prevention of injuries, and reduction of recovery time.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST)
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy which focuses primarily on the concept of "primary respiration." It regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. To accomplish this, the practitioner will apply light touches to a patient's skull, face, spine, and pelvis.
THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Because of its lasting effects, Thai massage is a form of bodywork that is fast becoming the most popular massage technique offered in America. (Thai massage, Thai Yoga massage, Thai Therapy, Nuad Phaen Boran, and Nuat Thai are the same thing.)
A complete Thai massage incorporates a traditional combination of point pressure, energy meridian work, and Yoga-like stretching for an invigorating and balancing experience. It requires qualified instruction to ensure safety for both the client and the practitioner. It is different from other forms of massage: there is no oil used, the practitioner uses a comfortable floor mat (as opposed to a table), and the client remains clothed throughout the massage.
Thai massage blends point pressure and stretching; this benefits those who find themselves stiff, sore and tired from over-exertion in work or sports, or from arthritis or other debilitating diseases. Thai massage enhances strength and flexibility, relaxes sore or tense muscles, and can help to recapture lost range of motion. By encouraging lymphatic function, this traditional massage can also detoxify the body, heighten the immune system, and prevent disease and/or injury by promoting flexibility.
HOT YOGA MASSAGE
Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Hot stone massage therapy sessions promote deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a healing and enhanced therapeutic experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Benefits of Hot Stone
Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
Decreases pain and muscle spasms
Reduces chronic stress and tension
Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
Fertility massage can be performed to help decrease many fertility issues. Sessions include craniosacral work, swedish and deep tissue massage, myofascial release, reflexology, and muscle energy techniques to help boost the client’s reproductive health.
Some benefits include: breaking up of pelvic adhesions and congestion, stress reduction, and increased circulation in the pelvic area. Sessions are available for both males and females.
Sessions for females should be scheduled between the last day of the menstrual cycle and ovulation only.