Read more about each technique and feel free to ask me to focus more on certain techniques, for your individualized session.
Ashiatsu Bar Therapy
(ashi means foot and atsu means pressure)
Sometimes referred to as barefoot Shiatsu, Ashiatsu is an ancient form of eastern bodywork using the bare feet gliding over the contours of the client’s body. Ashiatsu is recognized by the American Medical Association, and known to improve posture, relieve pain and stress, increase blood circulation, and provide an incredibly deep massage, all while still being gentle. This treatment will induce deep relaxation, relieve tight muscles and stimulate the body’s own self-healing capabilities.
Hot Stones Massage
Hot stones massage involves the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage. The heat also increases the blood flow to the area being worked on which further accelerates the healing process. The Hot Stones Massage greatly aids in mental relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is an approach to freeing and loosening specific muscles and connective tissues. This technique can release the tissue and energy blocks that make movement effortful and painful.
Swedish/Therapeutic massage reduces emotional and physical stress and is suggested as a part of stress management programs. It also has specific clinical uses in medical or remedial therapy. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and young. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves.
Sports massage is not only for athletes, but for anyone experiencing strain discomfort following physical activity. Sports massage incorporates programs of strengthening and stretching exercises, pre and post-event work, and education. It helps reduce the risk of injury and chronic problems. Other benefits include muscle relaxation, reduction of soreness, neuromuscular reeducation, injury rehabilitation, reduction of adhesions and scar tissue, and enhanced body awareness.
Pregnancy massage is a light massage that eases many adverse effects of stress and discomfort during pregnancy. In preparing for pregnancy, the pelvis and uterus benefit from stabilization and normalization, which minimize delivery difficulties and pain. Pregnancy massage can control varicose veins and reduce swelling, stimulate glandular secretion stabilizing hormonal levels, and prepare the body for easier delivery.
Floor Thai Massage
Thai Massage is a unique style of massage that is vastly different from the typical Swedish massage. Done on the floor with the client fully clothed, the therapist uses a combination of compressions, traction, spinal decompression, and stretching to realign the spine and address the body as a whole. It is like seeing your massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, and having a one-on-one yoga session, all in the same session. Great for cyclists, runners, and athletes of any sort.
Craniosacral Therapy does not involve any spinal manipulations or adjustments but focuses on the use of Light-touch therapies to align the structural integrity of the body that is the root cause of many structural and spinal imbalances. The Craniosacral Therapist therefore may employ a number of techniques from different healing modalities to assist in rebalancing the integrity of the body. Techniques may include, but are not limited to: Myofascial Release Therapy, Positional Release Therapy, Muscle Energy technique Therapy, Polarity Therapy or Acupressure.