Types of Massages

Massage Therapists offer a variety of massages to select from.Massage therapy materials photo

  • Swedish Massage - Traditional massage affecting specific muscles and joints by kneading, friction, percussion, and shaking/vibration motions to relieve pain and increase mobility, providing a specific therapeutic benefit.
  • Esalen Massage - Therapeutic work that incorporates Swedish massage techniques and stretches with long connecting strokes. This modality is performed with deliberate, but gentle manipulation at a pace that slowly encourages muscles and joints to release tension and stress.
  • Sports/Performance Massage - Using this type of massage can be affective before an event. It warms up the muscles to increase blood flow and prepares the athlete for the event. Post event massage is much slower and is used to cool the body down incorporating stretching and focusing on areas that the individual may identify. This work helps to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation and speed up recovery time.
  • Deep Tissue Massage - By applying various movements across the muscle grain, Deep Tissue massage detoxifies and oxygenates the treated area. This kind of massage is known for its healing effects, so it is often used to treat injuries and to accelerate exercise recovery.
  • Pregnancy Massage (Pre-Natal Massage) - Performed by a certified therapist, Pre-natal massage creates a sense of inner peace and harmony with a combination of relaxing and therapeutic bodywork. The session includes structural release poses that reduce stress and soften tissue restrictions in the pelvis and abdomen. Physical discomfort is relieved, while improvements are made in muscle tone, circulation and oxygen intake.
  • Myofacial Release - Myofacial Release is a tender mix of stretches and massage techniques which helps individuals with poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress. Tension on bones, muscles, joints and nerves is relieved.
  • Thai Massage - Is given to a fully clothed client and is usually done on a mat, but can be modified to table work. The primary components are compression, point work and reflexology or sen energy work. This is more energizing and rigorous than other forms of massage. It is often referred to as Thai Yoga Massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without all the work.
  • Chinese Cupping - This involves the applications of using either glass or bamboo cups to create suction to help draw out toxins from the body. Usually done on the back, the treatment can also be used on the back of the knee, top of the shoulder and along with arm. The work can be done anytime someone is experiencing tight or sore muscles along the neck, shoulders or back.
  • Geriatric Massage - Enjoy a massage designed specifically to meet the special needs of each aging body. Very beneficial for those with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, chronic pain suffers, as well as for those individuals with tired, stiff joints. For clients 65 and older.
  • Reflexology - This healing art uses gentle pressure applied to reflex points on the hands, feet and ears. Pressure or palpation on a reflex point can stimulate the skeletal alignment, the organs and the glands of the body, thus aiding in self-healing.