Relax and let go of everyday stress. Benefits include calming the nervous system, improving sleep patterns, promoting a sense of well being and improving blood circulation.
Address muscle tension, aches and pains. Ideal for athletes to prevent or relieve soreness. Integrating deep-tissue, neuromuscular therapy, stretching and other modes as needed. We’ll work to your personal requirements, and you’ll leave ready to take on the world.
Manual Lymph Drainage (localized, approx. 30 minutes)
This localized treatment is ideal for post-surgical, post-injury or other edema reduction. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle bodywork that helps reduce swelling, and encourages natural drainage of fluid as lymph, away from the tissues, to the blood stream for elimination.
Manual Lymph Drainage (full-body, approx. 60 minutes)
This full-body treatment is an ideal alternative to massage for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or as a seasonal ‘flush’. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle bodywork that encourages natural drainage of fluid as lymph, away from the tissues, to the blood stream for elimination.
Available as a stand-alone 30 minute service, or add on to any massage. Cupping Massage is a modern adaptation of the ancient art of cupping therapy. While massage performed by applying pressure, cupping instead uses negative pressure to pull, lift, open and expand the body’s soft tissues.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Experts estimate that more than 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.
Massage is an effective tool for managing stress. That means:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Reduced fatigue
Massage can specifically address a number of health issues:
- Alleviate back pain and improve range of motion
- Ease medication dependence
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin
- Increase joint flexibility
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
- Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling
- Reduce spasms and cramping
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- Relieve migraine pain
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Massage or bodywork session are held in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table and cover yourself with a clean sheet.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session includes work on the back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is a good baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, the session starts with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As the body relaxes, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific points and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow muscles to be massaged without causing excessive skin friction. Oil also helps hydrate the skin. A client should communicate immediately if any discomfort is felt, so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when the body is not resisting.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
Yes, there are numerous types of massage and bodywork as well as various techniques utilizing different strokes, including basic rubbing, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education and application of pressure to specific points. A therapist will discuss which methods are most appropriate to best meet your needs.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session, such as lifting your arm. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if or when they need more or less pressure, another blanket or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, clients often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.