Massage Techniques

Relaxation Massage
Our Relaxation massage is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, percussion and vibration that can range from very light to very deep. Oils, lotions or creams are used to reduce the amount of friction on the skin. Additionally, stretching and/or strengthening exercises may be incorporated into the massage to help the client achieve goals such as increased flexibility, alleviating muscle imbalances and decreasing pain. This type of massage stimulates circulation and can be very relaxing or very energizing. 

Sports Massage 
Utilizing Relaxation massage techniques, Sports massage is tailored to an athlete and their respective sport. Sports massage is designed to help an athlete warm up or cool down before or after an event and aid in the body’s regenerative capacities following a rigorous workout or competition. This massage is used by both amateur and professional athletes to help reduce the chance of injury by identifying and eliminating conditions in the muscles that are at potential risk of injury. 

Hot Stone Massage 
Heated basalt stones are placed on different parts of the body and used in the massage itself. The heat of the stones helps muscles relax, increases blood flow and calms the body to a deep relaxation. Often combined with aromatherapy, the stones can be used for a very general, deeply relaxing massage or they can be used for deeper, more specific work to relieve muscle pain and spasm. 

Chair Massage is done in an ergonomically designed portable chair. Chair massage focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. Clients do not need to disrobe to receive a chair massage.

Deep Tissue and Trigger Point 
Deep tissue work utilizes many of the same strokes used in Swedish massage. The therapist starts with lighter pressure to warm up the superficial muscle layers and progresses to the deepest level of pressure, working within the client tolerance levels. Deep tissue massage helps alleviate chronic muscle pain and muscle adhesions (knots). Trigger points are hyper-irritable areas of muscles that can cause a muscle to spasm up around it or send pain to another part of the body close by. Trigger point therapy is often incorporated into a deep tissue work session where specific pressure is applied to a trigger point to help the muscle release.