Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. In guasha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion. Guasha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Guasha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.
Muscles & Injuries
Sports Massage is important for every level of athlete from cross-country runners to power lifters to football players. Before an event, sports massage allows for the player to loosen their muscles and after an event it allows the player to relax the muscles to decrease the chance of sports related stress injuries. Sports massage is also a key element in preventing injuries and also helping athletes recover more quickly from injuries. Using Sports Massage properly will help athletes maintain and even improve upon their conditioning. Three main types of massage are integrated in a therapeutic Sports Massage to maximize the health and/or repair benefits of it.
Reflexology is the process of applying pressing or massaging different Longitudinal Zones on each side of the body in order to stimulate the flow of blood and nutrients to other areas. Applying just the right 'touch' to the feet, hands, or ears with a specific amount of pressure and with a particular digit can yield truly amazing physical results. Manipulating specific zones of the body can affect the function of parts on the other end. Reflexology can assess and treat the whole body using this series of defined and applied points of pressure.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
Over time, the body builds up unhealthy amounts of stress hormones in response to work deadlines, traffic jams, relationship problems and more. These hormones can cause physical problems, like digestive issues, headaches and sleeplessness. Relaxation massage decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body, leaving clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even after the session is over. The techniques used during the massage trigger changes in the brain's chemistry, resulting in reduced stress and an improved mood
COLD STONE FACIAL MASSAGE
Cold smooth stones are used to gently massage the face, neck, and decollete as inflammation and redness are reduced. The coolness of the stones refresh, soothes, and tones the skin, increases muscle tone, decreases muscle spasms, and reduces both tension headaches and sinus congestion.
It's more than just a pleasurable indulgence. A regular regimen of professional massage therapy can help reduce chronic aches and pains, boost your immune system, improve your sleep habits and generally enhance your overall quality of life.
60 Minute Massage Sessions are $69 per session.
POST/PRE NATAL MASSAGE
After the First Trimester (First Three Months)
Pregnancy is a wonderful time of beauty and growth. It is also a time when the body undergoes many painful and stressful changes, and one of the best ways to relieve stress and ease pain is through a Prenatal Massage. Massage has been used for thousands of years to relieve stress, relax the muscles, and improve general health - and that remains true during pregnancy. While the essential benefits of massage therapy remain the same, prenatal massage requires different techniques to insure the safety of both the mother and the baby. With a few precautions (after the first trimester) and a clear line of communication between the mother and her therapist, there is little to no danger to either the mother or the child.
A trigger point (also referred to as trigger site or a muscles knot) is a very tender spot in the body, often an isolated area within a particular muscle group. Trigger points can make themselves apparent in visible knots or in tight bands of muscle fibers. Due to the tenderness of these sites, people often feel that the long lasting benefits of Trigger Point Therapy are worth the temporary pain they feel as a result of treatment. Considering that an untreated trigger point is likely to cause increased, spreading pain and future problems with balance and correct posture, the long-term benefit of the therapy outweighs
the short-term pain associated with Trigger Point Therapy.
Types of Massage
Head & Neck
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a simple procedure involving light, therapeutic touch administered to the head, neck, and other troublesome areas that prevents the problematic exchange of cerebrospinal fluid (or what is called arterial pressure) throughout the body, targeting cranial bone movement. Certified Practitioners of this therapy use selective pressures to manipulate the cranial bones, offering guests the feeling of deep relaxation during and after the session. Clinical studies have also determined that Cranial Sacral Therapy has reduced the incidence of adverse affects in patients who have suffered traumatic brain syndrome as well as other accidents.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
A Deep Tissue Massage Session targets the deep layers of connective tissue and muscle throughout the body. Using slow strokes to apply pressure, the massage focuses on areas of defined pain and tension. Injuries or chronic muscle tension can cause adhesions, more commonly referred to as knots, to form in the tendons, ligaments and muscles. These adhesions are rigid, often painful and they can block proper blood circulation, impede natural movement and cause inflammation and pain. When the muscles are deeply massaged, blood flow throughout the body is increased. The better blood flow reduces inflammation and therefore relieves pain.