Each session is designed with your goals in mind. A session may blend postural assessment and a variety of massage techniques, such as those described below.
Relaxation massage nourishes wellbeing at whatever pressure you choose. You may also choose to address soreness or mobilty within your session. Addressing a specific injury, or chronic pain, will generally involve communication throughout the session, and may conclude with suggested streches, etc.
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$210 for Three: 1 hour sessions.
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$300 for Three: 90 minute sessions.
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Deep Tissue Massage encompasses several forms of bodywork that aim to relieve tension in the deeper muscle layers, by releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Neuromuscular therapy uses a holistic approach, stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. NMT involves applying focused pressure onto specific points of the body called "trigger points". Trigger points are tender areas of tension that occur in the belly of the muscle. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. Trigger points often cause pain in other areas of the body. For instance a trigger point on the hamstring might cause pain in the lower back.
During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and transformative. These trigger points are dissolved by applying direct pressure to the muscle for several seconds with either the hands, fingers, or elbows. Neuromuscular therapy also enhances the function of joints and muscles, and accelerates the overall healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins. Through several sessions of myotherapy, trigger points are eliminated, restoring full function and health to the body.
Connective Tissue Massage is a Myofascial technique that targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. Very slow and powerful CT strokes reliquify the fascial membrane and release holding patterns, in order to to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.
Structural integration employs soft tissue manipulation with the goal of realigning the body in relationship to the force of gravity. The theory underlying structural integration asserts that often the body's connective tissue is "bound up," thus restricting opposing muscles from working independently of one another. Thus, we aim to loosen the restricted connective tissue by using a practice very similar to deep tissue massage.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.
Swedish massage also warms the tissues, and provides a relaxing context for Deep Tissue techniques.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.