Deep Tissue Massage
In Deep Tissue Massage, unlike Swedish Massage, there is less emphasis on pleasure as the primary goal and more on altering structure and muscle restrictions. Though deeper than a Swedish massage, the entire massage does not consist of the deepest work. The deepest tissue work is only used when the need arises. Once accustomed to deep work the benefits include an increased degree of relaxation, the alleviation of pain and longer lasting benefits.
Swedish Massage is a lighter touch, relaxing massage. The emphasis is on that of a pleasurable experience. Swedish Massage improves circulation, and lowers blood pressure. Relieves stress and increases relaxation, therefore, rest and sleep can improve.
Neuromuscular Therapy/Trigger Point Release Massage
A trigger point is a hypersensitive "knot" in a muscle that is painful on compression. Trigger Points cause joint dysfunction, referred pain, and referred tenderness. The best examples of referred pain are trigger points in the neck and upper back that cause headaches. Neuromuscular Therapy/Trigger Point Release Massage is the application of increasing pressure over a trigger point. The pressure is maintained until the tissue releases to eliminate the trigger point tension and tenderness and restore proper function.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release Therapy is a treatment used on soft tissue injuries, strains/sprains and on scar tissue. A graded stretch is used directly or indirectly to lengthen soft tissue, releasing tightness and restrictions, to decrease the constant pull on tendons and the attached bone and other soft tissue. The gentle traction can be applied to a muscle group, an individual muscle or a scar. Patience is required to release the restriction in each individual muscle or scar. Myofascial Release can be included with a massage, or, in some cases, a full body myofascial release treatment may be needed.
Pregnancy creates many emotional, physiological, and structural changes. Massage helps create balance in the body by steadying blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate, regular blood flow to uterus, placenta and baby and promotes an improved immune system. Massage eases the aches and pains caused by extra weight and gait changes. It reduces muscle cramps and excess fluid retention. Massages can also relieve physical and emotional tension, helping the mother to sleep better and boost her energy. Starting in the fourth month, pillows are used for comfortable support and part of the massage is completed in a side-lying position. Safety for mother and baby is always the priority.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The lymphatic system is the first line of defense against disease. It helps balance fluid and distributes immune cells throughout the body to maintain health. The lymphatic system rids tissue of excess fluid (edema and toxins) and helps to repair damage to injured tissues. Lymphatic drainage massage uses very light, gentle, rhythmic stokes that mimics the action of the lymphatic system to help increase lymph flow. With an increase in lymph flow, immune function is increased, edema is reduced and harmful substances are removed from the tissues and neutralized in the nodes. Lymphatic drainage is a benefit to soft tissue injuries to speed healing and reduce inflammation, as well as beneficial before and after surgery. A sluggish immune system, indicated by frequent colds, minor illnesses and allergies, is improved with the stimulated lymph system. The completion of a comprehensive health history form specific to lymphatic drainage is required at the first massage. Some health concerns will require written permission from a physician to receive treatment.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy uses a soft touch, no greater than five grams, about the weight of a dime, to release soft tissue restrictions that surround the central nervous system. With a light touch, the craniosacral system is evaluated by gently feeling various locations of the body to test the ease of motion and rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid moving through the brain and spinal cord. Then techniques are used to release restrictions in any tissues that influence the craniosacral system. Cranial Sacral Therapy can alleviate conditions from chronic pain, injuries, stress and tension related disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and TMJ syndrome, just to name a few.
Ear CandlingEar Candling, an old home remedy, is a process of placing a hollow candle of muslin and paraffin gently in the ear and lighting with a match. The heat and smoke safely removes the build up of ear wax, lessens sinus pressure, ringing and fluid in the ears and in many cases enhance hearing. The candles are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
A heated mask is placed over the eyes for a warm and relaxing relief to sinus headache. Scalp and face massage follows with a focus on the five sinus areas to relieve congestion and open nasal passages.