Massage Therapy Treatments

Massage Therapist performing Deep Tissue Massage
Client relaxing on Massage Table
athlete getting ready for a race
photo of a couple getting Massage Therapy Treatment
Relaxing Foot Massage
Cranial-Sacral Therapist hands on head of a client on a massage table
photo of a girl receiving hot stone massage therapy
Relaxing beach for a Pregnant lady to relax on
therapist performing a Shiatsu Massage Therapy treatment
Relaxing firming wrap
Salt glow scrub therapy for the skin

Deep Tissue- helps relieve severe pain or  tension in the deeper layers of muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience constant pain, are involved in sports, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. Deep tissue massage may include some stretching, some range of motion exercises and structural manipulation, which helps to unwind the tension residing in your body's myofascial system, restoring the body to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. Deep tissue massage also focuses on trigger points that may be causing local pain or refered pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body.

Relaxation Massage- a relaxing and flowing massage that focuses on the superficial muscles, helping to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. The five basic strokes of a Swedish massage are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. All strokes travel in the direction towards the heart, this supports the movement of fluid back to the heart. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, stress and improving poor circulation, flexibility and range of motion. The term "Swedish" massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called "classic massage".

Sports Massage- helps those who have tense muscles and often sustained injuries. Sports massage can help to lengthen and broaden those over-trained muscles and prevent re-injury of damaged tissues. It was founded in Greece around 130AD, performed on Greek gladiators. This is a great massage for athletes who push there bodies to the limit. The strokes used are compression, effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, tapotement and stretching. There are 3 categories for Sports Massage Therapy:

Event (Pre & Post)- massage usually lasts 10-20min. Pre-event is used to prepare the body for exercise. Post-event is used to cool it down.

Maintenance Massage- lasts 60-90mins in duration and is used for recovery from training for athletes.

Restorative Massage- has no set duration but focuses on rehabilitating injuries to get the athlete ready for more training or competitions.

Russian Sports Massage- the organization of strokes are fairly similar to those of Sports massage but the difference is that it is more like a Swedish massage. It is also used to ease muscle fatigue and it's purposes are different than sports massage because it's strokes are done in a specific direction to promote Lymphatic flow. Your lymph nodes are located all over your body. These nodes contain disease-fighting white blood cells and filter out harmful microbes and toxins. Athletes produce a lot of lactic acid from strenuous workouts, this massage can help filter it out. The strokes used during Russian Sports massage are effleurage, wringing, petrissage, friction, vibration, percussian and passive movements(stretching and range of motion). The rhythm and direction of Russian Sports massage helps calm the central nervous system(CNS), which can also benefit those suffering from auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

Couples Massage-Two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. It can be; husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, same-sex partners, or mothers and daughters, work associates, or even best friends. The massage is performed by two professional therapists to both recipients. This is a perfect way to spend some quality time with the person you really care for.

 Reflexology- considers that all parts of the body are connected by subtle energy, which flows from head to toe through 10 zones (sometimes called channels or vessels). When there is illness of discomfort the channels become blocked and the flow of energy is disturbed. By working on the hands and/or feet acupressure points helps to unblock the channels, helps to restore balance, helping to relax the body, enhancing circulation and relieves the uncomfortable symptoms.

Cranial Sacral Therapy-a gentle touch, hands-on approach to bodywork. Focuses on the bones of the head, spinal column, sacrum and the some underlying structures. Specifically designed techniques are used to release any restrictions and/or compressions in these areas. The cranial sacral system produces a rhythm refrerred to as the cranial rhythm. Restrictions and compressions reduce or inhibit the cranial rhythm. Restrictions and compressions can be caused by injury and/ or trauma and if not treated it can cause dysfunction and disease in the body. Gentle, non-intrusive techniques are applied to release those areas.

Stone Massage Therapy- This is an old age therapy dated thousands of years ago. Hot Basalt Stones are placed on key energy points connecting the flow of energy, while massage techniques are combined using warm aromatherapy oils.This type of treatment can be very relaxing and soothing to the body.

If there are signs of severe inflammation cold marble stones are used in combination with the hot stones. Hot and cold can be very beneficial creating a hydrotherapy treatment. For example, going into a sauna and jumping into a icy cold bath, can be very stimulating. The hot stones expand the blood vessels while the cold ones constrict them. The warm stones sedate the nervous system and the cooler stones gently wake it up again. The combination of hot and cold can help to detox and heal an aching body. It helps to increase the lymph flow and circulation while stimulating the immune system and helping to get rid of any waste in the body.

By using both stones and massage stokes the body can relax much quicker while working into the deeper layers of muscles and recharging your energy levels. Stone massage can be beneficial to those who suffer from: muscular pain, stress, poor circulation, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, fibromyalgia, muscular sclerosis(MS), back pain, insomnia, depression and severe inflammation or swelling of the muscles (for example, after a long athletic work out).

Pregnancy Massage/Pre-Natal Massage- This is a massage that is specifically for the 'mother-to-be'. Pillows and padding are used to properly position the mother's body and provide the support necessary while lying on their side. This type of massage can be used to help relieve aches and pains, especially in the back and help decrease swelling in the legs and feet. This can be very beneficial for the mother to help reduce stress, anxiety or depression during pregnancy. Proper Swedish and acupressure massage techniques are used.

Shiatsu- with clear mental focus, the principle of shiatsu is about holding sustained stationary contact with the receivers body using thumbs, fingers, palms or sometimes elbows and knees. A variety of stretching, rotating and levering techniques may be required to reduce the receiver's muscular tension and mental 'holding on'. This allows the flow of Ki or Chi(energy) to flow freely throughout the body, helping harmonize the energy and vitality of the body and mind. What differentiates massage from shiatsu, is the stationary pressure or connection at the appropriate angel and depth. Shiatsu is performed with the client fully clothed in comfortable, loose-fitted clothing(which will be provided for you). This method of bodywork was founded in Japan in the 20th century.

Firmi-Sea Body Mud Wrap- relax and enjoy a treatment which is very firming, slimming, stimulating, detoxifying and soothing. This Firming French Mud Wrap contains 5 essential seaweeds from the coast of France by BioTone. They help to promote decongestant, waste elimination, stimulate thyroid, re-balances and restores proper hydration and prevents further skin damage by fighting free radicals. First you will receive a stimulating Salt Scrub to exfoliate the skin. The next treatment would be to apply soothing mud to the skin, afterwards you will be wrapped up like a cocoon in a warm blankets and you can enjoy foot reflexology or scalp massage. Then after stepping into the shower again, you will enjoy a lymphatic flow massage with Replenishing Massage Oil, helping to smooth cellulite, rejuvenate tired muscles, boost the immune system and increase body fluid circulation. You will walk away feeling refreshed and renewed.

Contains: 5 pure marine ingredients: laminaria, fucus, ulva lactuca, spirula and sea rocket. Offers Vitamins A, B, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, P, iron, iodine, amino acids, sterols, panthothenic acid, lecithin, essential fatty acid and mucilage's. 

Exfoli-Sea Salt Scrub- a stimulating exfoliation treatment for the skin by Biotone. Combines therapeutic, re-mineralizing benefits of Dead Sea Salt with naturally replenishing oils of Jojoba, Peach, Avocado and Sunflower to buff and refine skin. Specially blended, so salt grains stay on skin during treatment and provide just the right amount of “gentle coarseness”. Salt Scrub can be very stimulating so its recommended to get a relaxing massage afterwards to calm the body down and to apply Replenishing Massage Oil to the skin. You can choose from any type of massage that is offered.

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