One, some or all of these techniques can be applied whether you seek relaxation or to alleviate chronic pain. Give your mind and body a state of total ease ~ gentle kneading, long smooth strokes and easy stretches bring you to a healing place. Chronic tension calls for focused, more intense work to loosen bound muscle and release troublesome knots. A personalized consultation will determine which of these techniques are best suited based on your individual needs. When receiving a tissue intensive treatment it is beneficial to breathe deeply and most important to communicate with your therapist if the experience is painful. Finding the line when your body nears its tolerance limit, without crossing it, achieves maximum results. One cannot simply “muscle” your way in. Better to have tension and congestion eased; coaxing, not forcing ~ allowing for deeper, restorative breathing and an overall healthier sense of being. Whether you seek relaxation or to alleviate chronic pain, the end game is better health.
Swedish Massage is the use gliding strokes and techniques such as friction, kneading and tapping to release tension within your body. When you are feeling tired, stressed, irritable or run down, Swedish massage helps clear the mind of anxiety, dissipate depression, promote better sleep and therefore support the healthy function of the immune system. Swedish massage benefits all of the various systems in the body, promoting physical as well as mental well-being
Despite the name, deep tissue massage does not necessarily mean “deep in the tissue.” More aptly described, this work is designed to provide specific focus on problem areas. Deep tissue massage addresses areas of persistent aches and pain and chronic muscle tightness and is often used to aid in injury recovery and rehabilitation. Your deep tissue session may incorporate other techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and stretching.
Cupping is in some ways the opposite of massage: Massage Cupping is a modern adaptation of the ancient art of cupping therapy. While massage is sustained compression, performed by applying pressure, cupping instead uses negative static pressure to pull, lift, open and expand the body's soft tissues. Because it is not a compressive technique, cupping can safely be performed directly over the spine and various other bones. This opens more therapeutic options than traditional massage in certain areas of the body. Cupping greatly enhances the effects of other modalities such as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Swedish Massage, contributing to an increased rate of recovery from pain and disease with less discomfort.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of receiving a Hot Stone Massage; you will experience a sense of deep relaxation as soothing heat soaks into your muscles and joints. Heat from stones has a balancing and healing effect on our systems, softening tissue to allow access to deeper muscle. Hot stones can be placed indirectly on the body as well as used as a massage tool. The localized placement of heat on a particular area increases circulation of fluids. In addition, cold marble stones can be used along with the hot stones in to reduce inflammation and pain or to stimulate lymphatic drainage. The contrast of hot and cold temperatures forces the muscles to dilate and contract. This creates a pumping action for moving fresh fluids through muscle tissue and spaces in the joints. Combining this with deep tissue movements or other forms of massage creates a powerful detoxifying and invigorating treatment that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.