Swedish massage is a classic modality at the foundation of most western forms of bodywork. With the aid of lotions or oils, the massage therapist applies Swedish techniques directly onto a client’s skin, with intent to positively affect the muscles and soft tissues of the body, as well as the client’s overall state of being. Swedish massage is profoundly therapeutic and relaxing, making it one of the most popular forms of massage.
Deep Tissue massage is a natural extension of Swedish massage, and together they encompass most of the techniques that we associate with Western massage therapy. Deep Tissue techniques gradually work through the layers of the body to relax and lengthen muscles, release adhesions, and soften holden patterns in the body’s tissues.
Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds all internal structures in the body. When it becomes adhered, pain and dysfunction can develop. Myofascial Release utilizes gentle techniques to reduce restrictions in the body’s fascial layers, which can reduce pain and increase ease in range of movement. This modality is incredibly effective, and can enhance the effects of other massage techniques.
Cupping works to clear deep muscular tension easily and quickly. Cupping is easily blended into sessions of any modality, and is a great tool for addressing areas of deep muscular tension without having to apply direct physical pressure in sensitive areas.
Prenatal massage is a healthy, safe, and supportive way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness during each trimester of a pregnancy. This massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as swelling of the joints and depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese healing art, based in the concepts of Chinese medicine, that incorporates stretching, medium to deep pressure techniques, rhythmic movements and the use of various body tools to create a wonderfully relaxing and restorative massage. This modality is performed over clothes on a padded floor mat, or can be adapted to the table. Shiatsu relieves stagnation and promotes the free flow of qi (energy) in the body.