Acupressure massage is a branch of Chinese medicine that looks at the underlying causes of pain and illness as well as the symptoms. Acupressure uses a wide range of massage techniques that can be applied either powerfully or gently for subtle energy work. Like other forms of massage it can be used preventatively, to encourage the movement of energy and blood.
The Massage Therapist uses their fingers, palms, elbows or special devices to apply pressure to acupuncture points on the body. Acupressure massage can be applied either lying down or sitting in a chair.
The Alexander Technique is a method you can use to change your habitual patterns of co-ordination. It is something which you can apply to everything you do. By learning to change fundamental habits of coordination you take control over a major influence on your health, well-being and performance. Improvements accrue over time and the changes can be dramatic.
The Alexander Technique is knowledge and skill concerning the way we ‘use’ ourselves in activity. It is taught with a combination of verbal instructions and gentle guidance through the hands.
Aquatic massage therapy is done while the client is either floating or soaking in a therapeutic pool. To further relax the body, the water in the pool is always kept at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat of the water seeps into the skin and helps loosen muscles and calm the nervous system.
Aquatic massage therapy is recommended for clients who suffer from muscular ailments that limit their movements. Ailments such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatism. It is also done on patients who have sustained injuries after surgery and nerve damage and also on pregnant women.
Aromatherapy massage is the alternative therapeutic technique which combines the natural therapeutic properties of the essential oils and the healing power of massage therapy.
It’s is one of the oldest forms of natural healing using powerful plant essential oils and massage to help stimulate our body’s healing and immune systems. Aromatherapy is one of the most pleasant, effective and beneficial treatments of natural healthcare, with no side effects.
The Bowen Technique is a gentle, relaxing and subtle hands – on treatment that does not involve adjustment or manipulation. It triggers the body’s innate ability to heal itself – rather than the therapist trying to force changes on the client’s body.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body system called the Cranial Sacral system.
Cranial sacral therapists use gentle movements applied to the skull and vertebrae to balance the circulation of the liquid that surrounds the brain. Because the whole body expands and contracts with the rhythm created by the cranial pulse, the cranial sacral system affects the entire body.
Working on the cranial sacral system brings the body into balance, releasing accumulated stress to create a general sense of well-being. It also can help with headaches, neck and jaw pain, and problems with the pelvis and the diaphragm.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is conducted with the patient fully clothed.
Deep Connective Tissue Massage
Connective tissue massage (CTM) is a manipulative technique that facilitates the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pathologies. Observation and subsequent manipulation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues can have a beneficial effect upon tissues remote from the area of treatment.
Deep Muscle Therapy
Deep Muscle Therapy is a technique developed by Thérèse C. Pfrimmer, a registered massage therapist from Goderich, Ontario. Originating in Europe, Thérèse settled in Canada; in 1946 she was diagnosed with incurable paralysis in her lower extremities. She fashioned this deep frictioning move herself, and self-treated her condition. This treatment was thought to be responsible for bringing about her full recovery. Later, she spent 34 years of research on muscles, and trained others in her technique until her death in 1980. Thérèse documented her findings in 1970 in her book, “Muscles-Your Invisible Bonds.” The technique works by stimulating the lymphatic and circulatory systems to promote cellular repair while removing hazardous toxins. This treatment’s aim is to correct and prevent serious muscle conditions, such as those that occur with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Parkinson ’s disease.
Esalen® Massage, well-known for its long flowing strokes over the whole body, helps release the stresses of everyday life, leaving the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply relaxed, in a natural state of well-being. Esalen practitioners are dedicated to connecting deeply with each client and can usually accommodate specific requests and preferences within the Esalen® massage modality.
At the heart of all of our healing arts and massage sessions is a sense of empowering each individual to regain a sense of harmony, reverence, and balance, and to awaken inner resources for healing.
Feldenkrais method, which consists of a large number of exercises performed either in group classes or solo with a practitioner, aims at improving autonomic motor responses. While lying down, you are guided through a series of light slow movements designed to support your neuromuscular system and alter habitual patterns of movement.
Integrative Manual Therapy
Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) is a unique compilation of diagnostic and treatment methodologies that assess and treat pain, dysfunction, disease and disability. Developed by Sharon Giammatteo, Ph.D., I.M.T.,C. over the past 30 years, IMT is a new approach to health care developed to address the needs of complex patients. IMT practitioners identify and address the underlying causes of dysfunction using a comprehensive and holistic approach.
Joint mobilization is a treatment technique used to manage musculoskeletal dysfunction. Mobilizations are used to restore joint motion that has been lost due to injury, and are used when range of motion or mobility is lacking. Joint mobilizations are used to encourage the joint to move in the plane in which it has become restricted. There are different grades of mobilizations that can be used by the therapist, depending on the severity of the restriction in the joint. Traction, which is separating the two surfaces of the joint, may also be used by the therapist if they think it will be useful in treatment.
Kinesiology is the study and the detailed understanding of how the human body works, moves and responds to mental messages.
Its practitioners, called Kinesiologists, examine the body’s muscular and structural factors – such as posture and gait in relation to the way the body moves under various situations such as when participating in sports, dance, fitness, at work and when performing every day activities.
If you suffer from any type of physical pain or injury a Kinesiologist can make recommendations about how to help the muscle heal by adapting lifestyle changes such as proper posture, proper sitting and sleeping techniques and proper lifting.
Jahara Massage is a form of Aquatic Massage designed to help lengthen the spine. This is also done through joint stretches that are proven safe and gentle. The musculature of the body and the alignment of the spine are taken well into consideration in the performance of a Jahara massage in the water; all strokes and stretches are made to be suited to the body’s musculature and alignment.
La Stone Therapy
It is a relatively new technique that has been practiced successfully for about 20 years. This stone therapy is a massage therapy in which stones are used to help massage the body. These stones are heated to different temperatures in order to make the massage more beneficial. In this form of therapy, both hot and cold stones are used to help massage the body and relive stress.
Lomi Lomi Massage
A native Hawaiian healing practice, Lomi Lomi (or lomilomi) massage is a deeply nurturing style of massage characterized by long flowing movements. Unlike many massage modalities, LomiLomi works toward the emotional/ energetic sources of pain and stress to release the root causes, not just alleviate symptoms of pain.
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment technique based on four basic strokes, which were initially developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder, a PhD from Denmark. These basic strokes known as the “stationary circle”, “pump”, rotary” and “scoop” techniques are designed to manipulate lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels with the goal of increasing their activity and promote the flow of lymph.
Massage Therapy for Animals
Equine and Canine Massage Therapy’s benefits include pain relief, increased circulation, expels toxins, tension release, swelling, inflammation and increased range of motion.
Infant Massage/Massage Therapy for Babies
Children need physical contact for healthy growth and development. Normal affectionate touching is important, however, a regular routine of infant massage can offer additional developmental benefits to a child. Nurturing touch promotes physiological, neurological and psychological development and function.
Also known as elderly massage, geriatric massage or geriatric massage, it’s a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly population.
Elderly people often suffer from a variety of such age-related diseases as Parkinson’s, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease or strokes. As a result, they have poor circulation and limited physical capability. Many of them are also anxious, depressed and lonely. Geriatric massage can help them maintain and improve their overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced or lost due to aging. In addition, it can relieve anxiety and depression and provide comfort to touch-deprived elderly patients and improve their quality of life.
Muscle Energy Technique
Muscle Energy Technique’s (MET’s) are a broad classification of Manual Therapy techniques directed at improving musculoskeletal function, and relieving pain. MET’s are commonly utilized by Manual Therapists, Osteopaths, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Athletic Trainers, and Massage Therapists.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
Myofascial Release helps to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue massage in which digital pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in the muscle. These areas of strain are called tender or trigger points and are the cause of muscular pain symptoms.
Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (NISA)
Structural integration is quite different from traditional massage therapy as it focuses on treating fascia, the body’s connective tissue. Through a series of soft tissue manipulations targeting the body’s entire system of fascia/connective tissue, a trained structural integrator restores freedom of movement by treating the whole body as a complex, interconnected system not a series of individual localized problems. Structural integration takes a “big picture” view of your body and posture, what’s working and what isn’t, and assists in restoring everything back into proper alignment.
On-site massage/Mobile Massage
A therapist travels to the client’s room, home, or condo to offer Massage. The therapist usually provides a portable table, sheets, massage oil and calming music. There is usually an extra fee added to the price of the treatment (per therapist, per visit).
Massage before and during pregnancy focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be, as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the child-bearing process. Massage therapy for pregnant women enhances the functions of the muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.
Using pressure along specific pathways (meridians) and organ systems, shiatsu balances the flow of chi using theories based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gentle stretching and rotation of joints help to develop flexibility and body awareness. Shiatsu is performed with clients fully clothed, preferable cotton yoga-wear.
Reflexology uses gentle pressure on the feet or hands and works reflex points that correspond to different areas of the body. It has been shown to reduce stress, improve the bodies healing ability after major surgery.
Rolfing is a holistic system of bodywork designed around a series of sessions using connective tissue manipulation and movement education. The goal is to restore normal human function by improving structure. The therapist lengthens, aligns and balances the body in gravity by releasing chronic shortenings and holding patterns due to the physical and emotional stress of everyday living.
When misaligned, gravity is experienced in our bodies as a subtle stress to tense up against as we maintain our uprightness. Once aligned, gravity supports our structure by simultaneously grounding and lifting us. The results are a more energetic, flexible, youthful and pain free body.
Sports massage is generally used before, during and after athletic events as well as during recovery periods. Its purpose is to prepare athletes for peak performance by reduce fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and range of motion to prevent injuries. Sports massage focuses on range of motion, flexibility and increase blood flow. Not only does this modality assist with overall well-being and enhances the healing process.
Created in the early 1960s by Lawrence Jones, D.O. Strain and Counterstrain is a manual therapy technique, meaning the clinician uses only their hands, to treat muscle and joint pain and dysfunction. It uses passive body positioning of spasmed muscles and dysfunctional joints toward positions of comfort or tissue ease that compress or shorten the offending structure.
Swedish massage is one of the most well-known massage techniques. The primary goal of a Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. It involves long, soft, kneading strokes that decrease muscle tension and increase blood flow throughout the body.
Developed in Thailand centuries ago, Thai massage combines deep tissue compressions, trigger point therapy, and passive stretching techniques.
Commonly referred to as “Lazy Man’s Yoga”, it’s performed on a soft mat and has greater movement patterns than regular table massage.
Practitioners are able to get access to body areas that are hard to access with traditional table therapy. Side-lying positions are used to work on hips and shoulders as well as the deeper layers of muscles along the spine.
Tui Na Massage
Tuina Massage, which dates back to 1700 BC, is a recognized form of medical treatment for a wide range of health problems.
Tuina Massage works on the energy channels and points, using the same principles as acupuncture. When healing a patient with Tuina, the therapist may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the patient’s joints to attempt to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. These techniques are particularly effective in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Watsu is a form of Aquatic Massage derived from Shiatsu, and so the strokes, the application of pressure and the stretches are all designed to activate the acupressure points of the body and release the flow of energy through the body. Because water provides the body with a wider range for movements, the stretches are gentle and coax the body into increased flexibility, something that could be painful if done on solid surface.
Rehabilitative massage treatments are intended to help reduce chronic pain caused by illness and injuries. Rehabilitative Massage improves circulation and recovery time, while increasing functionality of muscles and joints.