Our Customized Massage Therapy sessions are a blend of many of the modalities mentioned below. Our therapists will determine which modalities are best for you on any particular session. This may change from session to session. Keeping communication open with your therapist is an important part of getting the most out of your sessions.
Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage
As one of the most well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five types of strokes are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibration, percussive and tapping movements, with the application of lotion or oil, to reduce friction on the skin.
Some of the many benefits of Swedish massage include general relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Deep Tissue adds more focused strokes including forearms and elbows. Swedish techniques are performed to warm and loosen the tissue before deeper strokes are added. For a broad area, such as the back, at least 30 minutes is devoted to that one area to get a more effective release of muscle tightness.
Myofascial release consists of very slow strokes to the connective tissue (fascia) throughout the body.
When fascia becomes tight in certain areas of the body. In addition, due to tightness to the fascia, bones or joints may even move out of alignment causing tension around nerves and discomfort.
The benefits of Myofascial Release include more freedom in movement as well as a better-aligned body which can help reduce aches and pains.
Myofascial release is generally performed in conjunction with Swedish and Deep Tissue therapies.
Known as Nuad Bo’Rarn, Thai massage is the manual component of traditional Thai medicine. It is considered to be a meditative practice in which the practitioner uses stretching, palm and thumb pressing, and yoga poses to create
a therapeutic effect for the client. During the treatment, the practitioner focuses on energy lines known as sens, which can lead to shifts of energy and change within the client’s body. Thai massage is usually performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement.
Offered by: Diana Degnan-LaFon (60 and 90 minutes | $95 and $130)
Sports massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport. It can help improve performance and prevent injury – in addition to helping the body recover from injuries associated with physical activity.
Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish-style massage, stroking, kneading, compression, friction, rhythmic striking, vibration, gliding, stretching, and trigger points. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete’s body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.
Sports can be repetitive, especially for runners, cyclists, racquet sports players, and weightlifters. Sports massage helps to release that muscle tension and promote tissue repair and muscle balance for a safer next workout.
Offered by: Aaron Wildt (30 and 60 minutes | $65 and $95)
Over 10,000 years ago, the ancestors of Native American tribes began offering stones to the body for wellness. Stone Medicine introduces these ancient traditions using heated and chilled stones, gem and crystal stones, and various animal ‘medicines’ (energies). In ancient times, the hot stones were gathered from sunny river banks and ocean shores. The sun heated basalt was used to soften muscle tissue in combination with the water-cooled stones, collected from the river, lake or ocean to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Offered by: Sarah Frick (30 and 60 minutes | $65 and $95)
Warm Stones Massage
By adding heated volcanic stones to our Customized Bodywork Sessions, the connective tissue and muscles are able to release even more adhesions, allowing knots to loosen and muscular pain to diminish. Stones are placed on specific areas of the body and are used during the strokes along your musculature. You will feel very relaxed and loose after a Warm Stones Session. A great time to take a nap or simply rest in the sanctuary of your home.
Prenatal Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Prenatal Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
Lomi Lomi Massage
This Hawaiian system of massage utilizes very large, broad movements. Two-handed, forearm and elbow application of strokes, which cover a broad area, is characteristic of Lomi Lomi. Lomi Lomi is Hawaiian for rub-rub. Oils are used in the application of cross-fiber friction techniques.
Offered by: Donna Bilek (30 and 60 minutes | $65 and $95)