We incorporate a variety of massage techniques into all our massages. Each therapist has their own "tool box" they use for each session and tailor the massage to your specific needs. Here's a list of our most common techniques.
Deep Tissue Massage — a technique used to address issues occurring in the deeper soft tissue and fascial layers of the body. Scarring, adhesions, and muscular spasm are all treated with the goal of restoring normal function and motion to the areas affected. Deep tissue does not necessarily mean deep pressure, but rather a concentrated, specific manner of working in the deeper layers of the body to allow for more permanent changes to occur. Because this technique is very specific, some discomfort may be experienced for up to 24-36 hours following a session. We recommend that the client drink plenty of water following a session to expedite the elimination of metabolic wastes from the body and therefore speed recovery.
Sports Massage — The focus of this technique is to improve circulation, flexibility and range of motion, decrease recovery time from training, prevent injury, and improve muscular efficiency, which will result in better performance. Sports Massage treatments are often used during training and before and after a particular event to prevent injury and improve performance and recovery. The therapist includes the use of compression, light and fast strokes and then stretching of the limbs.
Neuromuscular Therapy — is used to restore balance to the nervous system and musculoskeletal systems. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress can influence nerve transmission and therefore overall function of the body. Our therapists may employ this technique to address what are called Trigger Points, or very specific areas of irritation, to restore balance and proper neurological function to the body. By applying very specific pressure, the therapist is able to eliminate the irritation and restore normal nerve and muscular function. Studies have shown that these Trigger Points located outside of the areas of sensation cause most pain and discomfort in the body. For this reason, Neuromuscular and Trigger Point Therapy can be the answer for many people who have had longstanding pain that has otherwise been untreatable.
Myofascial Release — addresses superficial to deep layers of connective tissue of the body known as fascia. This web of connective tissue surrounds and connects all of the muscles, organs, and other skeletal structures. Because of the interconnected nature of this tissue, restrictions in one area can eventually spread to other areas of the body, causing postural distortions that can lead to the occurrence of chronic pain patterns. During the use of this technique, the fascia is directly manipulated with the goal of allowing the connective tissue fibers to reorganize and align themselves in a more flexible and functional manner. This technique will unwind deep holding patterns in the body, which will allow for greater movement and freedom in the body.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage — a form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle massaging strokes. The light rhythmical strokes encourage the lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria. The effects are numerous and include general benefits to the nervous and muscular systems. MLD is a great addition to other detox measures, as it encourages fluid flow in the connective tissues. The lymphatic system is composed of lymph vessels & lymph nodes, which acts as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.