Massage and Manual Therapy Services
Massage therapy (a.k.a. manual therapy) is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to normalize those tissues. It also is known to affect the circulation of blood, increase the flow of lymph, and reduce muscle tension. Whether you choose a custom massage experience or add one of our elevations, our licensed professional massage therapists have your specific needs in mind and will ensure that you reap the most out of your wellness visit. All of our massage therapists are trained in basic Swedish massage, but typically use a combination of deep tissue, sports, and myofascial release which greatly complements other holistic therapies for the musculoskeletal system. We are also trained in prenatal and postnatal massage therapy techniques. For this reason, we are not your typical “spa massage” and our techniques fall under the designation of manual therapy which is often times covered by major medical insurance carriers.
Swedish sessions can target specific areas of pain like a sprained ankle, or they can be used to help manage the chronic pain that comes with conditions like arthritis. By using strokes that improve circulation and increase body-wide relaxation, the massage therapist can help make many painful conditions more bearable.
- The strokes of Swedish massage replicate the movements of the circulatory system.
- Swedish massage can break up muscle adhesions and help promote the healthy healing of scar tissue.
- Swedish Massage uses strokes like cross-fiber friction to work out the kinks that can accompany injured muscles.
- These strokes help get rid of scar tissue and return the muscles to their normal, healthy state.
Sports/Deep Tissue Massage
Sports massage focuses on relaxing overused muscles and restoring optimal range of motion, increasing flexibility with a variety of techniques such as trigger point, myofascial release, deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and stretching.
- Sports massage can also provide welcome relief from mental stress for athletes undergoing rehabilitation and recovery and to help relieve muscle stiffness, improve circulation and increase flexibility to prevent strain and tears.
- Whether your sport involves cycling, running, swimming, jumping or throwing, sports massage can help you improve your performance and stay on top of your game.
Graston is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization therapy that reinitiates the inflammatory process to trigger the healing cascade through reorganization of fibrous tissue. A contour stainless steel instrument is used to examine and treat soft tissue dysfunction and pathology by facilitating relaxation, enhance edema reabsorption, and desensitize trigger points.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Lymphatic Massage Therapy*
Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is a technique developed in Germany for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery or compromised from injury or trauma.
- Lymphedema can also be present at birth or develop at puberty or during adulthood.
- This type, known as primary lymphedema, can affect limbs and/or other parts of the body.
- Even with minor swelling, it can be very effective in the reduction of pain and inflammation such as with tendonitis, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis.
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears.
- Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.
- Reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder point.
- When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder functioning.
AromaTherapy uses fragrant oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance the benefits of massage.
- Aromatherapy uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mood or health.
- Some essential oils such as tea tree have demonstrated anti-microbial effects, while others like lavender and vertiver induce relaxation.
Applying hot stones to specific trigger points helps to increase circulation to the affected muscles while reducing chronic pain and stress.
- Warms up the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which allows the therapist to access deeper muscle layers for a more thorough massage.
- Safe and effective in treating conditions including pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel and other types of chronic stress, while increasing joint flexibility.
*Additional fees may apply