Therapeutic massage involves applying pressure, kneading, and rubbing of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, fingers, elbows, and forearms to relieve stress, tension or pain and enhance a person's health and well-being. There are a variety of massage types, also known as massage "modalities." We offer a full range of massage modalities to meet your specific needs.
Deep tissue massage is a form of massage bodywork that is utilized by a therapist when trying to access the ‘deeper’ layers of muscle tissue in an effort to break up dense adhesions and scar tissue that have formed. These adhesions often create pain and are sites of inflammation that can impede joint and muscular skeletal movement. Much of muscular pain is associated to tissue adhesions. Chronic tense muscles, due to daily repetitive activity or injury, can create adhesions.
Chronic tension affects the fascia tissue that runs throughout our bodies muscle and organ tissues. Fascia tissue is a thin film of tissue, similar to cellophane wrap that we use to wrap our foods. This fascia tissue can become sticky and act like a glue, adhering bodily tissues together, creating a congested inflamed area that interrupts blood flow and limits flexibility. Without proper blood flow, our tissues do not receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to function in a healthy manner and toxins can not be eliminated, which creates inflammation and pain. In addition, chronic tension in muscle tissue can impinge nerves, similar to a Sciatica ailment, which can create chronic pain. So, breaking up these adhesions and allowing blood flow back to these areas is a main focus when administering deep tissue massage.
Going deeper into the sublayers of the muscle groups do NOT have to be a painful experience. Unfortunately, some clients have told me they have had a painful experience with deep tissue work. I am sorry if that has been your experience. Deep Tissue work is a wonderful massage technique, if done properly. It all depends on communication between you and your therapist. You are the conductor of your massage session! A therapist should always be checking in with you on how the pressure feels. The pressure discomfort should be a “feel good pain sensation.”
Pain that causes your muscles to want to retract and contract is not going to allow for deeper level access. Relaxation is the goal and key to a successful deep tissue massage. So, it’s not about ‘how much pressure you can take' - it's about how much relaxation can be achieved in the top layers of the muscle groups in order to access the deeper layers of muscle (the layers where the discomfort actually originates).
Pregnancy massage places strong demands on a woman's body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
Hot stone massage is a technique that uses smooth stones that are heated. These stones are positioned on the body and some are gently moved about with light pressure being exerted on the warm stones. The heat is very relaxing and helps to warm the muscles so that the therapist can work more deeply. Native Americans warmed stones by fire to treat aching muscles. Modern hot stone massage techniques are attributed to Mary Nelson, from Tuscson Arizona. Spas often have their own style of hot stone massages and call it by various names, such as lava stone massage and warm stone massage.
Thai massage incorporates assisted stretching and trigger point work. This ancient form of massage dates back to the time of Buddha and looks like a cross between Shiastu, acupressure, and yoga. Practitioners apply pressure along meridian lines with their thumbs, hands, and feet to stimulate the movement of energy in the body; and additionally, move and stretch their clients in Yoga-like poses to free muscular and joint tension. Designed to be both relaxing and stimulating, Thai massage improves flexibility, reduces tension, stimulates internal organs, and balances the body's energy system.