Our Massage Modalities
Massage therapy helps improve circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to your body’s tissues. It relieves muscle tension, reduces joint stiffness, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps remove lactic acid and other waste products from the body. Our massage therapists work closely with our chiropractors, acupuncturists, physicians, and physical therapists to customize sessions that can include the massage and complementary techniques below. Combined with the latest in ultrasound and E-stim (electro therapy) technology, these methods ensure a comprehensive treatment plan.
Swedish Massage involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing.
Deep Tissue Massage targets muscles that have been strained or are related to chronic pain or posture problems. Using short strokes and intense pressure, the massage therapist focuses on deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. Clients can often feel sore for several days after deep tissue massage, but the benefits can be well worth it.
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Thai Massage is one of the most energizing massage styles. Developed in Thailand, this massage style involves moving and stretching the client into a series of yoga-like positions using rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body.
Pregnancy Massage offers undeniable physical benefits throughout every prenatal stage. The massage therapist tailors treatment to accommodate the mother-to-be, enhancing the function of muscles and joints and improving circulation and general body tone.
Sports Massage is combined with other massage techniques and stretching to help athletes loosen, warm and prepare their muscles to enhance performance and endurance. Following a workout, sports massage can relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and return the muscles back to their normal state. Sports massage is also used for injury rehabilitation.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which the therapist applies small cups to the skin and reduces the pressure in the cups to create suction that draws and holds the skin and superficial muscles into the cups. Cupping removes stagnation in the body, opens the body’s meridians so that its qi can flow freely, and rejuvenates meridians and organs to function at their best. This technique can help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation and repair deep tissue.
Hot Stone Massage is sometimes combined with other types of massage, particularly Swedish. The technique involves laying smooth stones heated to slightly over 100 degrees on shoulders and back muscles to increase circulation and promote relaxation. The massage therapist might also apply light pressure to the stones to enhance their effect.
Reflexology Massage stimulates predefined pressure points on the hands and feet known to connect the nervous system and affect bodily organs and glands. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood and alleviating the source of pain.
Aromatherapy uses plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. The massage therapist uses aromatherapy in combination with massage as part of a holistic treatment approach, allowing the client to breathe in the essential oils as the body absorbs them. In general, aromatherapy is used to relieve pain, improve mood, and provide a deep sense of relaxation.