Every client's needs are different and we don't charge more for one type of massage or another. As a result, our pricing is simple and you will get the perfect massage for how you are feeling today.
When you arrive for your appointment, your therapist will discuss your needs before starting the massage. You don't need to know any technical terms, just describe how you are feeling and what you want to get from your massage.
The list below describes the massage techniques used in our offices and you are encouraged to talk to your therapist about which ones may or may not be right for you.
Swedish Massage techniques are specifically designed to relax muscles by rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage (Sports Massage)
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.
A woman's body goes through tremendous changes during pregnancy and many of these changes are physically taxing and uncomfortable. A massage during pregnancy is not only a wonderful pampering experience, but it has real physical and emotional beneifts too. Our therapists are trained in pregnancy massage techniques and body positioning for maximum comfort and benefit. Click here to read more.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. Most often, moist towels are incorporated into a deep tissue massage and the temperature of water used affects the therapeutic properties of the treatment. Hot water is chosen for its relaxing properties. Tepid water can be used for stress reduction and may be particularly relaxing in hot weather. Cold water is selected to reduce inflammation.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT - Trigger Point)
Neuromuscular therapy is a methodology for assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. NMT involves alternating levels of concentrated pressure to stimulate specific areas of soft tissue (muscles, tendons and connective tissue), commonly referred to as trigger points. The pressure is usually applied for about ten to thirty seconds by the massage therapist, using his or her fingers, knuckles, or elbow. This process relaxes the muscle so it can start receiving enough blood and oxygen.
Reflexology is based on the belief that each part of the body is interconnected through the nervous system to reflex points in the hands and feet. By stimulating these reflexes with pressure and manipulation, nerve function and blood supply may be improved, which may alleviate stress and other health problems. Reflexology is a relaxing method of stimulating the body's self-healing properties.
The BARS is dynamic body energy work. Gary Douglas, Founder of Access Consciousness found that there are 32 points on the head called BARS. Running the BARS is a nurturing and relaxing process of having these 32 points gently touched to release energy and open your receptiveness to life. People receiving this treatment report an increase in energy, elimination of mind chatter, reduced stress, greater intimacy in relationships and a heightened state of awareness.