A natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. The therapist scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. Oil is applied to your skin, and then the tool repeatedly scrapes your skin in a downward motion. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. Mild pressure is applied, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.
Studies of massage for cancer patients suggest massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue. Many health care professionals recognize massage as a useful, noninvasive addition to standard medical treatment. The main modality of massage used is Swedish massage. The style primarily used smooth, flowing strokes, gliding, light kneading, and gentle circular motions to manipulate soft tissue and muscles. The level of touch is extremely light. Other forms of massage that would be appropriate for oncology patients include reflexology, Craniosacral, and lymphatic massage.
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. In Trigger Point Therapy direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to bring about reduction in muscle tension and pain relief.
Full body massage using combination of techniques: GM, hot stones, Thai (adapted for the table), Lomi, deep tissue &/ Swedish, & warm bamboo sticks. This is the full massage experience
Myofascial release, also called "trigger point method," is a massage technique in which gentle, sustained pressure on the problem areas is done to release adhesions and smooth out the fascia. Multiple studies show that myofascial release can result in decreased pain, better posture, reduced symptoms, increased range of motion and improved quality of life. The purpose of Myofascial Release is to break down scar tissue and relax the muscles.
A condition called myofascial pain syndrome, in which fascial restrictions and trigger points cause widespread pain, is extremely common in people with fibromyalgia. In fact, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome are considered risk factors for each other. Portions of the healthcare community believe they are actually the same condition.
Thai Yoga Massage
This ancient form of massage originated in the temples and monasteries of Thailand. It is a combination of both Asana yoga's rhythmic movement and acupressure. It promotes energy flow, increased flexibility, and deep muscle relaxation. Thai massage is performed with the client on a Thai mat on the floor and dressed in loose, comfortable clothing.
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This style uses the thermal energy of heated Basalt rocks to promote great relaxation and muscle release. Large warm hot stones are placed on the body while smaller, palm sized stones are used to massage the back, arms, legs, neck, and feet. Hot stones relaxes the body at its deepest level.
What is an Integrative Massage
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Sports, and Trigger Point
... all fall under this treatment.
Most people new to massage aren't aware of what these different techniques mean so we decided to simplify it. An Integrative massage can be anyone of these styles or a combination.
At the time of your appointment your therapist and you will take a moment to discuss your wants and needs, your expectations, and past experience with massage therapy to come up with your ideal massage.
We are all trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Sports massage, Lomi (Hawaiian style), Geriatric massage, Lymphatic drainage, and Pre and Postnatal massage. Therefore, any one or several of these techniques can be incorporated to help relax, restore, and reduce your pain.
Some of the therapist have additional training in other modalities like Cupping, Ga Sha, Grigorian Method (range of motion & flexibility), Hot and Cold Stones, Oncology massage, and Thai massage which can be booked separately.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
$55.oo - 45 minutes
$70.oo - 60 minutes
$85.oo - 75 minutes
$100.oo - 90 minutes
$130.oo - 120 minutes (2hrs)
$160.oo - 150 minutes (2.5hrs)
$190.oo - 180 minutes (3hrs)
For those clients who suffer from chronic pain. This massage is designed to use a series of techniques that penetrate the deeper/core muscles in the body. The aim is to release chronic muscle tension targeting tendons and connective tissue. Contract and relax techniques are used by applying deep static pressure, friction, and slow deep strokes to the clients body while maintaining verbal contact to insure that the client is always comfortable. Deep Tissue massage is great at breaking up scar tissue and is used in treating soft tissue injury due to motor vehicle accidents and recover from sports related injuries. This massage is perform according to your tolerance and need.
Due to the variety of restrictions on a woman’s body during pregnancy, massage is performed differently at various stages of growth. In early trimester, massage can be performed as normal with a few exceptions. Later trimester massages are modified with a variety of pillows for extra support to the mother’s abdomen, legs and shoulders. Pressure is adjusted accordingly to avoid any injury to the mother or baby.
Cold Stone Massage
This massage is great for those who suffer from migraines, sinusitis, and pms symptoms. The stones are place on the face and are used to massage around the temples, jaw, neck/trap area, and base of skull. Best when used at the end of a massage, adding it to fascial work and other heated treatments.
Add Treatments to your Massage:
Cold Stone, Cupping, Reiki, or Gua Sha
$45.oo ~ Reiki *
$40.oo ~ Gua Sha, cold stones, or Face/Scalp/Jaw work*
*adds an additional 30 mins to massage allowing for selected treatment
$25 ~ Cupping**
**adds an additional 15 mins to massage
Induces great relaxation and reduces both emotional and physical stress. It is generally performed with the client fully or partially undressed, but completely draped for modesty at all times. Various techniques are applied to the muscles such as gliding, tapotement and squeezing.
A Hawaiian style with series of long, flowing, relaxing massage strokes to soothe and comfort those sore muscles. It can be a gentler massage approach or done firm for deeper muscle penetration. It is generally performed with the client fully or partially undressed, minimal draping (we use a sarong), and coconut oil. The best way to describe it is a forearm dance or the feel of a wave/surf moving up and down the body.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist places special cups on your skin for up to several minutes to create suction. People get cupping for many purposes, including help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a form of deep tissue massage.
Benefits of Cupping
Lymphatic & Circulatory Massage
This type of gentle massage is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues space of the body. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Lymph & Circulatory Massage is good for:
Contras: Thrombosis, phlebitis, tumors, cancer, major cardiac problems
Techniques focuses on optimizing muscle, tendon, ligament, and joint health in order to prevent sport injuries or promote healing after an injury. Commonly used before or after sporting events, or during training, this massage is tailored to athletes and their performance goals. There’s a number of benefits: preventing injury, range of motion and flexibility, restoring mobility to injured muscle tissue, boosting performance, maintaining the body in overall better condition, and extending the life of your athletic career. It also helps to increase circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue. Athletes can make appointments based upon upcoming events and training sessions. Integrative Massage serves a wide athletic population- golfing, hiking, horseback riding, running, cycling, swimming,…
Lomi and Cupping
$80.oo - 60 minutes
$95.oo - 75 minutes
$110.oo - 90 minutes
$140.oo - 120 minutes (2hrs)
Thai Yoga Massage
$75.oo - 60 minutes
$90.oo - 75 minutes
$105.oo - 90 minutes
$135.oo - 120 minutes
Sticks and Stones Massage
This massage is a combination of Swedish & Deep tissue techniques while incorporating heated basalt stones & wooden (bamboo/rattan) tools. This massage brings an extreme sensation of relaxation and well being.
Personalized Massage Therapy and Bodywork
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Sticks & Stones
$85.oo - 60 minutes
$100.oo - 75 minutes
$115.oo - 90 minutes
$145.oo - 120 minutes (2hrs)