Types of Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage incorporates a series of basic strokes coordinated to allow the body to relax, for toxins to be released from the muscles, and for the blood to enter the muscles to enhance healing.

The movements usually involved in Swedish massage are long, gliding strokes; tapping; friction; muscle kneading; and vibration.

Massage oil is used to ease long, smooth strokes over the body. The person is usually covered by a sheet. One part of the body is uncovered at a time, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to the next part of the body.

Swedish massage is beneficial in treating a wide range of physical conditions. It can ease the pain of arthritis, back and neck pain, neuromuscular diseases, sleep disorders, heart conditions, and a variety of physical injuries. Swedish massage can also be incorporated into a person’s routine wellness plan.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is used to balance the central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. It will alleviate both acute and chronic pain by eliminating spasms in the muscle and connective tissues. This enhances function of the muscles and joints and speeds healing by stimulating the body to heal itself. Neuromuscular therapy locates and releases contractions in tissues. It can be used to treat conditions like sciatica, TMJ, and lower back problems.

Orthobionomy

Orthobionomy is a form of bodywork that allows the therapist to use slow, deliberate movement to release muscle spasms. It is an osteopathic therapy that uses movement and position of the body to facilitate the change of stress and pain patterns. Orthobionomy is effective in alleviating pain by reducing muscle tension, soothing joints, improving circulation, and relaxing the entire body.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy balances the craniosacral system: the brain, spinal cord, and the craniosacral fluid that surrounds these organs. This system influences the performance of the brain and spinal cord. If an imbalance or restriction occurs, sensory, motor or neurological functions could be affected. By gently detecting and correcting these imbalances, craniosacral therapy could have a positive effect on ailments such as migraine headaches and chronic neck and back pain.

Spa Stone Massage

Spa Stone massage is the application of water heated basalt stones on the body to enhance relaxation. The penetrating heat from the stones allows release of tension in muscles. The therapist uses stones of various sizes to insure the comfort of the client. The therapist uses traditional Swedish massage strokes while holding the heated stones providing a warm, comforting session for the client. Sessions last about 1 1/2 hours.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is an interactive form of bodywork in which the therapist manipulates the client’s body using passive stretching and gentle pressure along energy lines. The effect is relaxing and energizing at the same time. Tension and toxins are released from joints, muscles, and connective tissue. Thai massage helps to adjust skeletal structure, increase flexibility, and relieve muscular and joint tension. Sessions are performed on a floor mat and last about two hours.

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