MASSAGE MODALITIES

Injury Treatment

 

All massage therapists at our clinic are skilled at applying massage techniques for injury treatment. Any number of the following modalities may be applied for rehabilitation and pain reduction of chronic or recent injury.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage helps to relieve symptoms that come with the strain placed on the body during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage relieves muscle soreness, soothes the nervous system, helps to reduce swelling and enhances energy. Various positioning options are offered during a pregnancy massage to ensure safety and comfort. 

Trager Approach

 

Developed by Dr. Milton Trager, the Trager approach is a gentle and non-invasive combination of hands-on work and movement education. Clients experience ease and lightness in the body, and are guided by their practitioner to greater awareness and efficiency in movement. Trager contributes to long lasting changes for optimal health and functioning, and is effective for a wide range of conditions. Trager may be used for both specific treatment, and full body relaxation sessions.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

 

Applied with light or deep pressure, MFR manipulates the connective tissue or fascia that surrounds all our muscles, bones and organs. Due to the web-like formation of the fascia throughout the entire body, tension in one part of the body can affect another part and impact posture and functioning. MFR works to release fascial restrictions and is effective for many conditions.

Reflexology

Reflexology is an acupressure type technique applied to points on the hands and feet that correspond to various areas and structures of the body. Points of tenderness or crystalline-like deposits indicate a dysfunction, and pressure on reflexology points clears congestion and stimulates the corresponding areas and structures to promote normal functioning and health.

Hot Stone Therapy

 

Heated stones are positioned on the body and employed in the massage to provide deep relaxation and to relieve muscular tension.

Deep Tissue Massage 

 

Generally slower than Swedish, and not to be confused with sustained, strong "deep pressure" massage, deep tissue massage relieves intense or chronic tension in the muscles and connective tissue or fascia. Deep tissue massage focuses on the tissue underlying the top muscles and is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles and fascia.  

Swedish Massage

 

A classic style that promotes relaxation, overall health and well-being. It enhances circulation and positively affects the muscles, nerves and all systems of the body. It includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and gentle movement and stretching.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

CST was developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger in the 1970s. An Advanced CranioSacral therapist, using light touch, works all areas of the body. This is effective in releasing restrictions in the functioning of the central nervous system, and monitors the rhythm of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. CST has wide applications for injuries and health issues, bringing balance to the nervous system while enhancing all systems of the body. CST promotes recovery, and is an effective, safe and gentle option for any stage of healing, including chronic pain, post-surgery and post-accident. 

Orthopedic Massage

 

Orthopedic massage utilizes assessment of soft tissues, range of motion, and posture, to determine which treatment techniques are best applied for the relief of pain, restoration of movement, optimal performance, and recovery from injury. A session may include muscle resistance, active and passive stretching, myofascial release, tender point and trigger point release, gentle joint mobilization, deep tissue, or gentle calming techniques, depending on the conditions presented. 

Reiki

 

Meaning “universal life energy” in Japanese, Reiki is a healing energy technique in which the therapist gently places the hands in specific positions either on or above the body. Reiki may be used to relieve pain, address a wide variety of health conditions, and enhance wellness and vitality. 

Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT)

 

NMT or Trigger Point Therapy works with the complex relationship between the nervous system and musculoskeletal system and restores a balance between these systems. Specific massage techniques are employed to disrupt and eliminate pain patterns, release endorphins, aid in recovery, and enhance movement and functioning of joints and muscles.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Gentle and relaxing, MLD addresses the lymphatic system, which is key to the immune system and moves metabolic wastes out of the body. MLD employs very light techniques to enhance lymph flow, which aids in recovery from injury. Please note that at this time we employ MLD for injury treatment and general well-being only, and do not use MLD for conditions such as lymphedema or cancer. Heart conditions and infections are contraindicated for MLD.

Cupping

 

Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. Cupping enhances circulation and energy flow, and has a wide range of benefits for the healing of injury and chronic conditions. Cupping relieves pain and inflammation, reduces muscle spasms and fascial restrictions, increases range of movement in joints, softens scar tissue, and loosens post-surgery adhesions.

 

Intraoral Massage

 

Intraoral massage is performed by a therapist who is specially trained and legally certified to do this highly focused work with care, sensitivity and safety. Intraoral is highly effective for releasing tension in the muscles and fascia of the jaw, face, head, and neck, and is especially recommended for the treatment of TMJ disorders. 

Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)

 

NKT is an assessment technique that helps to find the true cause of pain. By testing the strength of muscles or movements, and through specific palpation and range of motion testing, we can hone in on the structures causing the most pain, even when the pain or tightness you are feeling is nowhere near the true cause.

Thai Massage

Utilizes hand techniques and a unique approach to passive movement and stretching to open up the veins or energy passages and release chronic tension from the body.

Aromatherapy

 

Aromatherapy employs essential oils in a number of ways to promote healing for various health conditions, as well as overall relaxation and/or invigoration. When inhaled or applied to the skin, essential oils affect change in the body and mind. An aromatherapist works carefully with the client to determine which oils and oil blends are appropriate and beneficial for use in massage sessions and/or custom products created for personal use. 

Sports Massage

 

Sports massage is especially helpful during athletic training and after athletic events to prepare for peak , prevent injury, reduce muscle tension, relieve fatigue and swelling and promote overall health. Sports massage employs a variety of techniques, depending on the needs of the client, to address the structures relevant to a particular athletic activity. 

 

Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese art that is practiced by placing fingertips on pressure points called “energy locks” to unblock and restore energy flow. Performed over clothing, Jin Shin Jyutsu is a gentle, non-invasive and effective option to reduce tension, promote healing and restore harmony of body and mind. 

Shiatsu

 

Shiatsu is an an ancient form of Japanese acupressure. The therapist applies pressure to specific points along the body’s meridians to unblock and enhance energy flow. Shiatsu is effective for treating pain and various health conditions, promote wellness, and relax the body.

Polarity Therapy

Polarity therapy is a holistic method of treatment that draws from the knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, yoga, acupuncture, and Shiatsu. Polarity approaches the body as an electromagnetic energy system. Hands are placed on various parts of the body, connecting positive and negative poles to improve the flow of energy and promote healing and relaxation.