Integrated Massage Sessions

Integrated Massage & Energy Therapy

A custom massage suited just for your needs. A traditional Swedish massage and other techniques are melded together to give you the maximum benefit tailored specifically for you. Here are some of the different therapies and techniques that may be integrated into your session.

Swedish Massage

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.

Deep Tissue

Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.

Myofascial Release

This technique provides a sustained, controlled pressure to the soft tissue (myofascial) restrictions that will alleviate pain and enhance mobility. It will stretch the fascia, increase flexibility, reduce pain and improve function. Fascia is like a sweater that surrounds our entire structure, i.e. organs, skin, muscle, nerves and bones. When the fascia is stressed or traumatized from over exertion, repetitive exercise, poor posture, surgery, or an accident, it becomes less pliable and can become painful. Myofascial Release helps the fascia return to its normal relaxed state and alleviate restrictions and pain.

Melting Muscles Technique

This technique is an alternative to Deep Tissue and incorporated into a massage session. Melting  Muscles helps the client relinquish its holding pattern and gently reminds the muscle to let go. This technique will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed with out any residual pain.

Hot Stone Therapy

The use of hot stones dates back 5,000 years to India as a part of Ayervedic medicine. In more modern times, Native American healers from the desert of Arizona would gather rocks from rivers and warm them in hot coals, wrapping them in a cloth and placing them on the body. This would lead to the immediate onset of the relaxation process, relieving muscle pain and discomfort.

Incorporating Hot Stones into a massage session warms the tissues and allows the fascia and muscles to relax, which enables the therapist to release adhesions and tension more effectively. The use of Hot Stones also enables the effective relief of chronic pain, relief of neck and back pain, and induces a deep relaxation, which is  useful in stress reduction. Circulation is increased, arthritis conditions alleviated, muscle pain reduced. Hot Stone also has a sedative effect on the nervous system, which reduces tension and anxiety, and helps to relieve insomnia. Hot Stone Therapy expands the blood vessels, therefore, pushes blood and waste material throughout the body.

Reiki

Reiki is an ancient energy healing art that means the “Universal Life Energy”. Fully clothed, light touch treatment focuses on reconnecting mind, body and spirit. A session can result in a profound relaxation — a state in which the body heals, repairs and rejuvenates, like a in a deep, restful sleep… it is an excellent antidote to emotional and physical stress. Through the balancing of the body’s energy, it can result in pain reduction, self-healing, and serene sense of well-being allowing the receiver to better manage his/her life issues — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Crystal Healing

A Crystal Healing session works holistically through resonance using the subtle energies of the body-mind connection. The crystals allow you to reconnect with your natural harmony by stimulating your body’s inherent healing mechanism and increasing the flow of energy. This results in the releasing of dis-ease, bringing restructuring and alignment . Crystal Healing focuses on the underlying causes of physical and emotional ailments thus brings back into balance the connections between the body, mind and spirit.

A Crystal Healing session is done fully clothed with crystals to suit your personal needs, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The crystals will be placed on certain areas of your body, most often at your Chakra centers. Some aromatherapy and Energy/Reiki will also be used to facilitate healing.

Reflexology

Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress-related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate.

Hot Rockin’ Reflexology

This is a Reflexology session that begins with a warm and comforting foot soak on a bed of river rocks. Followed by an exfoliating foot scrub with essential oils specifically suited for you and your needs. The stones are then applied to the reflex points on the feet. The heated basalt rocks create a healing medium that deepens the receptivity of the reflexology to help bring balance to your mind, body and spirit.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”

EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture without the use of needles. Instead, it is a simple two pronged process where the client (1) mentally “tunes in” to specific issues while (2) stimulating certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with his or her fingertips. EFT balances disturbances in the meridian system and thus often reduces the conventional therapy procedures from months or years down to minutes or hours.

About 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits that run throughout the body. These energy circuits … or meridians as they are called … are the centerpiece of Eastern health practices and form the basis for modern day acupuncture, acupressure and a wide variety of other healing techniques.

This energy courses through the body and is invisible to the eye. By analogy, you do not see the energy flowing through a TV set either. You know it is there, however, by its effects. The sounds and pictures are your ever present evidence that the energy flow exists.

In the same way, EFT gives you striking evidence that unique energy flows within your meridians because it provides the effects that let you know it is there. By simply tapping near the end points of your energy meridians you can experience some profound changes in your emotional and physical health. That’s what EFT is all about.

Western medical science tends to focus on the chemical nature of the body and has not paid much attention to these subtle, but powerful, energy flows until recent years. However, they do exist and are attracting an expanding group of researchers. ©Gary Craig

Raindrop Therapy

With its origins based upon Native American Indian beliefs, it combines the art of aromatherapy and massage using specific essential oils to points on the feet and spine. This technique brings balance and harmony to the body — physically, mentally and emotionally.

Aromatherapy Massage

A custom Swedish massage incorporating blends of pure essential oils to suit your needs. The use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, and roots) in body and skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation, and help the healing of wounds. Aromatherapy diffusers are utilized to fill the massage room with the scent of the oils. Specific essential oils are blended by the aromatherapist and added to a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, to be used during the massage. Each oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits.

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is a gentle touch modality that helps you let go of past patterns that no longer serve you, such as, toxic relationships, addictions and unhealthy habits that do not contribute to your health and well-being. Metamorphosis is a wonderfully simple yet profound touch therapy that can help you heal your mind, body and spirit.

CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. Developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, this manual therapy enhances the body’s natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The roots of this therapy are in cranial osteopathy, developed by Dr. William G. Sutherland. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth–which make up the cranium–down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only five grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. It’s often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.