Our massage therapists use a variety of massage techniques, specializing in deep tissue therapy and corrective massage. The benefits of massage therapy range from stress and tension relief to functional restoration from soft tissue injuries. It can improve your range of motion, facilitate healing, provide pain relief and help with sports performance.
Therapeutic Massage Therapy
Therapeutic massage is beneficial for relief of chronic or acute pain, often due to overuse, injury, stress or tension. Our massage therapists use an array of integrated techniques to sooth and relax tense and tired muscles. Your therapist’s goal is to relieve pain, increase range of motion, and improve overall muscle quality with regards to tightness and function. Your treatment is tailored to meet your needs by planning and charting your individual massage treatment and progress. Therapeutic massage is a stronger technique geared towards correcting any muscle issues and alleviating pain over a longer duration than a massage. Several modalities are applied including, but not limited to: trigger point therapy, myofascial release and light stretching. Communicating your goals and expectations with your massage therapist helps attain the best results.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy
A hot stone massage melts away tension and eases muscle stiffness, which strengthens the connection between mind and body. Swedish (relaxation) massage is combined with the placement of warm, smooth river stones along the length of tense and tired muscles. Deep penetrating heat eases tension, allowing your therapist to reach deeper muscle layers and provide intense relaxation. Your therapist uses these stones with long flowing strokes during your massage. While this relaxing technique allows your therapist to access deeper muscle layers, the direct heat of the stones increases blood flow and circulation, promoting a more relaxed, yet energized state. This technique may be combined with light stretching and is tailored to your individual needs.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep tissue massage targets the deep structures of the body to release muscle tension and adhesions. This form of muscle therapy also aids in breaking up and eliminating scar tissue from previous injuries. Your massage therapist applies varying levels of pressure across your muscle fibers, and encourages a deep and long-lasting release. Not for the faint of heart, deep tissue massage delivers a powerful punch to tight and stubborn muscles to achieve an ultimate state of relaxation with long-term results. Your massage therapist begins with firm, yet fluid strokes to warm superficial muscle tissue, followed by deep and consistent pressure to break down muscle adhesions. Communication is essential, as providing your therapist with feedback during your session will ensure the most effective treatment. Other modalities may be used throughout the length of your session, including trigger point therapy, stretching, active release techniques and muscle stripping.
Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage combines several therapies with the goal of increasing recovery time between exercise sessions and preparing your body for optimal performance. Whether you are a weekend warrior preparing for an event, or an avid sports participant, your therapist tailors your treatment to meet your needs. Make sure you communicate your goals to your therapist so he or she can create a recovery plan to increase your performance and lower your chances of fatigue and injury. Your therapist may begin with myofascial release to open up joints and increase flexibility, followed by deep tissue or trigger point therapy to break up adhesions and allow your muscle fibers to work faster and more efficiently. If you have an event or hard workout approaching, your therapist may opt for active stretching and quick, flushing strokes to increase circulation and rid muscle tissues of lactic acid buildup to gain muscle stamina. Sports massage therapy is imperative for higher performance in athletes of all ages.
Pregnancy Massage Therapy
Your therapist applies gentle, soothing strokes to relieve your tired, achy and stiff muscles and joints. We comfortably support your body with an array of pillows and cozy blankets during your treatment. Your massage is tailored to your needs and comfort, with most treatments being delivered in a side-lying position, or with a safely placed pregnancy pillow. Your session can address tightness from head to toe or focus on specific areas of concern. Methodical flowing pressure is applied with soft to medium intensity to ease muscle fatigue and stiffness, while being mindful of the connection between mom and baby. Although pregnancy massage is generally safe, your specially trained therapist adheres to any pregnancy precautions with the utmost care. Please communicate with your therapist specific areas of concern or areas you want to avoid. Pregnancy massage is geared towards relaxing, rejuvenating and refreshing the mommy-to-be.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point therapy is a type of muscle therapy that addresses tight and uncomfortable muscle “knots” that are unresponsive to standard massage techniques. Your therapist applies precise and specific pressure to these knots, allowing them to ease away and restore your range of motion. This intensely deep muscle therapy is not for the faint of heart and is geared towards breaking up trigger points and opening up muscle fibers to restore full function. While we work within each patient’s level of tolerance, deeper pressure can be painful, although necessary to reduce the muscle tension. Trigger point therapy aids in breaking up scar tissue and muscle adhesions caused by trauma, surgery or athletic injuries.
Swedish Massage Therapy
Your massage therapist uses an array of light to moderate pressure techniques with flowing, rhythmic strokes to put both your body and mind at ease. Your session is tailored to your areas of concern and puts you in a deep state of relaxation. This type of muscle therapy is geared towards relaxation, with pressure being tailored to your preference. If you are looking to relax, ease tension away or do not enjoy a deeper massage, this is the therapy for you. We set the mood with the right music, dim lighting and a peaceful setting.