Massage Therapy

 

Varying types of bodywork modalities we offer:

Deep Tissue

This therapy is helpful to release chronic muscle tension through slower, deeper strokes, with more direct pressure and friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

Your therapist determines the quality and texture of the deeper layers of musculature and slowly, but firmly applies pressure to the level of depth allowed by the stiff or painful areas.

Bruising should never occur as a result of deep work on the area. The client’s level of comfort is regarded as an integral part of any deep tissue work, and communicating between the therapist and client is encouraged.

Swedish

This type of massage was specifically designed to relax muscles by applying strokes that flow in the direction of the blood returning to the heart.

Some of its benefits are that it shortens recovery time from sprains and strains by flushing the tissues of lactic and uric acids and other metabolic waste; helps reduce emotional and physical stress; stretches ligaments and tendons; and stimulates the skin and nervous system.

Esalen/Relaxation

This is a great experience for those new to massage, those not having experienced massage for over six months, pregnant women, elderly clients, or for anyone who seeks a purely relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Esalen offers many of the rewards of Swedish and deep tissue massage, just at a lighter pressure.

Trigger Point Therapy

This therapy involves working with the myofascial tissues. A trigger point is an area of hyperirritability within soft tissue structures, characterized by local tenderness. Sometimes it will refer pain, tingling or numbness to other areas when touched.

Trigger point tenderness is usually bilateral, with one side of the body more symptomatic than the other, though treating both sides is required.

Trigger point pain in one’s body can be intense. The possible causes are many, including vitamin deficiencies, previous traumas or stressful events, arthritis, skeletal asymmetry, overwork/overstress and fatigue, chronic viral or bacterial disease and more.

Sports Massage

A good pre-event, post-event and maintenance treatment for those who participate in regular athletic activity. It helps to decrease muscle spasms, soften tight muscles, and stimulate tissues, promoting greater endurance and performance as well as lessening chances or injury and recovery time.

This type of treatment can involve use of compression, friction, jostling, vibration, cross-fiber friction, tapotement (beating, cupping, hacking), and encourages drainage with effleurage and petrissage strokes.

Sources:

www.unitedmassagetherapists.com
www.massagenetwork.com
www.thebodyworker.com
www.experiencefestival.com/reflexology