Seated (Chair) Massage
Perfect for corporate office environments and events, this is a seated massage performed with the client fully clothed and sitting in position that reduces pressure on the spinal column and hip joints. Sessions can range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes and only require a 5’ x 6’ working area. A combination of Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Swedish techniques are used to relieve tension and focus on muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hand. Chair massage has many benefits and has been known to increase productivity and decrease absenteeism when provided as a benefit to employees.
Integrative/relaxation (Swedish) Massage
Is probably the most widely recognized form of massage, and is done with the client undressed (covered by appropriate draping) using soothing massage oils or lotions made from high-quality natural ingredients.
Swedish massage is typically characterized by long, flowing strokes on legs, arms, back and shoulders, with more specific work (kneading and gentle squeezing of muscles, and deeper work in places where tension or muscle knots exist).
It's a common misconception that Swedish massage is just light surface strokes with no firmness, but that's actually completely untrue. When performed by a well-trained and skilled therapist, Swedish work can vary from a very light to a deep and very invigorating massage, depending on your specific areas of tension and your personal needs. The therapist will work with you to determine how light or heavy a touch you desire.
Deep Tissue Massage
Utilizes some of the same basic strokes as Swedish but is typically deeper work, focused on more chronic muscle tension, with more specific work on particular muscle groups, and often on fewer areas of the body in a given session.
It's another common misconception that "deep tissue" has to equal "painful" and that it's normal to feel a lot of soreness the next day after a deep tissue massage, but both of those, in the hands of a skilled therapist, are untrue.
Deep tissue does sometimes involve working on very tight muscle groups, and loosening those muscles does often involve some strong pressure that can be a bit uncomfortable. But a skilled therapist will understand how to properly "warm up" the tissues before going in more deeply, which minimizes the discomfort, reduces soreness the following day, and helps to nourish and relax the muscle tissue and facilitate long-term reduction in muscle tension and physical stress.
Myofascial Release Therapy (MFT)
Myofascial Therapy is a form of manipulative bodywork that seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension. Myofascial Therapy is utilized to help relieve pain and tension that is due to injury or stress. It involves releasing and unwinding the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds each muscle and interconnects all of the other internal parts of the body. This tissue layer, which connects every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, and organ in our bodies, can store memories of physical trauma. Releasing these restrictions allows us to discharge recurring emotional as well as physical pain.
PNF Stretching (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
Stretching techniques commonly used in clinical environments to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation. PNF techniques is the optimal stretching method when the aim is to increase range of motion, especially in short-term changes. Generally an active PNF stretch involves a shortening contraction of the opposing muscle to place the target muscle on stretch, this is followed by an isometric contraction of the target muscle. PNF can be used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance. Aside from being safe and time efficient, the dramatic gains in range of motion seen in a short period of time may also promote compliance with the exercise and rehabilitation program.
A specialized style focused on the needs of athletes, bodybuilders, dancers, and more active individuals. It has similarities to deep tissue in that it is often focused on particular muscle groups, but is also intended to address muscle and joint injury or soreness, utilizing specific techniques and modalities designed to enhance circulation to muscles and tissues, improving healing and optimizing muscle function, while helping to enhance muscle tone and development. It is typically a more invigorating, energy-increasing massage than Swedish or deep tissue.