Massage Therapy


Massage Therapy



Aromatherapy Massage

A type of complementary and alternative medicine that uses rubbing and kneading of the skin with plant oils that give off strong, pleasant aromas to promote relaxation, a sense of well-being and healing.

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Craniosacral Therapy

This technique is extremely helpful for chronic headaches and difficulties in maintaining cervical alignment. Craniosacral mobilization is used to enable normal flexion and extension of the craniosacral rhythm and to release restrictions of the fascia, dural tube and/or sutures of the skull.

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Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue techniques are generally designed for more focused massage work. Working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue. Each person experiences pressure differently. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly often allows more movement.

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Hot Stone

A specialty massage using smooth, heated stones, most commonly basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. The stones come in various shapes and sizes, from tiny little stones that are placed between your toes to big stones the therapist uses to massage your back.

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Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage requires specific techniques to stimulate the lymph system of the body, which cleans out the toxins and waste. If this system becomes overloaded, then the immune system is impaired. Common symptoms include swelling, general aching and tenderness in the chest and rib cage.

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Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial release works with the fascia that surrounds muscle, ligaments and bone, serving as a connective tissue throughout the body. When an injury occurs to one area, the fascial system is traumatized causing adhesions and/or scar tissue to form. This can begin to bind, affecting other parts of the body. Using MFR and unwinding facilitation, the fascial structure can be restored improving alignment and reducing or eliminating pain.

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Neuromuscular Re-Education

The utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system.

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Reflexology

Reflexology is more than a simple foot massage. It treats the entire body through applying pressure to reflexes in the feet which are linked to other parts of the body through its nervous system. Electrical impulses from the foot which are produced by applying pressure to certain reflex points, stimulate sluggish organs into functioning. Crystals that are deposited in the reflexes interfere with blood circulation. This interference causes congestion and blockage in the body's blood circulation. The electrical impulses produced by reflexology break up and disperse these crystals. Reflexology is a helpful adjunct to orthodox medicine and is especially useful for relaxation and pain control.

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Soft Tissue Mobilization

The hands-on mobilization of soft tissues, i.e., muscle and associated connective tissues that supports it, tendons (muscle to bone connections) and ligaments (bone-to-bone connections). STM is performed on a patient for the purpose of producing beneficial effects on the nervous, muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

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Swedish

Swedish Massage utilizes long, flowing strokes, often but not necessarily in the direction of the heart. Six basic strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, compression and vibration are designed to increase circulation and blood flow. Oil, cream, or lotion is applied on the skin to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes.

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