Our highly trained therapists are skilled in many specialized areas.
Swedish Massage techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage – focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic Swedish Massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
Neuromuscular Therapy – neuromuscular therapy (NMT) has emerged as a significant methodology for assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. NMT, a series of manual treatment protocols based on the practitioner’s skill, anatomy knowledge and precise palpatory application, has found its home, not only in the treatment rooms of massage therapy, but also in occupational and physical therapy, nursing, chiropractic, osteopathic and physical medicine clinics worldwide, as well as in many forward-looking Primary Care practices. For more information – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuromuscular_therapy
Performance Enhancement Sports Massage
Performance Enhancement Sports Massage – a form of massage that is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Shiatsu – also known as acupressure is a finger pressure massage technique founded on the Chinese meridian system. The therapist applies pressure with his thumbs, finger, and palms to specific areas of the client’s body that have been determined during an assessment period prior to the massage session. Massage techniques like tapping, squeezing, rubbing, and applied pressure are applied along the meridians to unblock energy blockages and reintroduce the optimal flow of ki.
Reflexology – the practice of stimulating nerves on the feet, hands and ears, to encourage a beneficial effect on some other parts of the body, or to try to improve general health. Practitioners believe that areas on the foot correspond to areas of the body, and that reflexology assists the self-healing process. A therapist will apply pressure in the form of relaxing massage to these areas, in order to stimulate the corresponding area and thereby remove blockages in the energy body.
Prenatal Massage – a form of therapeutic bodywork that is geared to meet the unique needs of the pregnant woman. Promoting better function of muscles and joints, prenatal massage also improves circulation and overall body tone. Additionally, prenatal massage decreases mental and physical fatigue as well.
Perinatal Massage – (postnatal) massage provides a wonderful sense of continuing comfort for the new mother. Its aims are to give nurturing and emotional support, alleviate the muscle strain of labor & childbirth, promote pelvic floor healing and rebalance the pelvis & spine, restore & normalize abdominal structures & facilitate healing after Caesarian section and prevent & reduce back & neck pain caused by new-born care
Craniosacral – a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. For more information – www.iahe.com/html/therapies/cst.jsp
Somatoemotional Release – a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of Craniosacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. For more information – www.iahe.com/html/therapies/ser.jsp
Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy
Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy – a structurally integrative approach to pain relief. The method is based on finding improper structural and biomechanical patterns in the patient’s body. Once these improper patterns are documented specialized deep tissue techniques are used to correct them. For more information – http://www.neurosomaticeducators.com/whatisINT.htm