Swedish Massage

Swedish massage, the most common type of massage used today, was developed several centuries ago. It involves a classic set of techniques including stretching and compression that are designed to increase circulation, mobilize scar and connective tissue and induce relaxation in the parasympathetic nervous system. Many other modalities have evolved from traditional Swedish techniques, and often incorporate them to achieve a relaxing and therapeutic session.

Swedish massage is exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage describes more targeted techniques designed to release adhesions (or knots), improve range of motion and alleviate muscular pain. If you have a specific area of discomfort where you need focused, sustained and possibly intense work, this is the treatment for you.

Deep does not imply that the work uses strong pressure, but rather that it is accessing the deeper tissues of your body's structure. The techniques of this modality are often combined with Swedish strokes to create a unified and balanced session, helping to relax the nervous system while decreasing the discomfort of chronically contracted or adhered tissues.

Warm Stone Massage

Warm stone massage melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation and metabolism. The placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body allows for deeper relaxation of the muscles. Hot Stone massage is ideal for muscular aches, back pain, stress and anxiety, poor circulation, arthritic conditions and insomnia.

Craniosacral

Craniosacral therapy involves the gentle massage of bones in the skull (including the face and mouth), spine, and pelvis to ease stress in the body and improve physical movement.

It is believed that there is a link between the fluid in the head and the sacrum (the base of the lower back). The rhythm of the fluid that flows between these areas can be detected like a pulse. This rhythm normalizes, balances, and eliminates obstructions in various systems throughout the body. Using gentle massage to remove these obstructions helps the body function in a healthier manner. Benefits of cranial sacral therapy include relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more.

This treatment is performed with the client fully dressed in comfortable, soft clothing. Complimentary consultations for this modality are available, please contact me to discuss.

Essential Oil Treatment

Essential oils are an important part of massage therapy that are used for relaxation and stress relief. Oils such as chamomile or lavender are examples of essential oils that can promote relaxation and relieve stress during a massage. The type of treatment you are seeking will help determine what essential oils will be most beneficial and should be added to the basic massage oil used throughout the treatment.

"Raindrop" therapy can be added to any treatment session for a $20 additional fee. Essential oils are dropped directly onto the spine and infused into the skin with a warm soft cloth. This helps the nervous system and improves the immune system. Recommended especially during winter months.