Swedish/Relaxation Massage

Swedish massage is known as the classic style of massage developed by Swedish gymnastics instructor Per Henrik Ling in the early 1800s. It is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation and health maintenance. Elements of this massage include compression, range of motion, shaking, rocking, holding, tapotement, vibration, friction, effleurage, and petrissage. This type of massage utilizes oil to produce long, gliding strokes to encourage circulation and lymphatic movement.

In this treatment you can allow your stress and tension to just melt away! Light but firm pressure is used to assist your body in full body relaxation.

Deep Tissue (also referred to as Therapeutic Massage)

Deep tissue massage (also known as Myofascial work or Trigger Point Therapy) is great technique to break down scar tissue and increasing blood circulation, which aids muscles in repairing themselves. It can also release chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deeper pressure on contracted areas, by both following and moving across the grain of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

Your therapist will check in with you to be sure the depth of pressure feels comfortable. The “no pain, no gain” myth has been refuted by physicians and Physical Therapists as there is no need to suffer to resolve any kind of muscular issue.

Sports Massage

Sports massage techniques aren’t just for athletes! Many techniques under the sports massage umbrella apply to non-athletes such as addressing chronic or acute muscle cramping, rehabilitative massage to aid in severe injuries or recovering after surgery. Sports massage uses very specific strategies to address issues.  For athletes, the overall goal of sports massage is to address common issues as well as assist in helping the athlete maintain their training regimen.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support. 

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