Bodywork Services

Bodywork sessions are a combination of the following techniques, based on the clients needs and the therapist's assessment, both before and during treatment.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is not just a massage with deeper pressure. It is a type of therapeutic bodywork that addresses the deeper tissues in the body and targets specific problem areas. This could be an injury or a chronic postural pattern that is causing pain and discomfort, or reducing free movement. Focused attention is given to "knots" and "trigger points", that may also be referring pain elsewhere. Breathing cues, active movement, and passive stretches are used to facilitate the release of muscles and connective tissue. The result of this type of bodywork is reduced pain and increased range of motion. WIth regular treatment postural deviations can begin to resolve and the client will feel more comfortable in their daily movements.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is also referred to as relaxation massage. It involves flowing strokes, compression and rythmic kneading of the muscle tissue. It is great for increasing circulation and jump-starting the immune system, making it an effective detoxifying treatment. Swedish massage also allows you to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, (the relaxation response), which is crucial for the health and function of every cell in the body.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release addresses a system of the body known as fascia, a type of connective tissue. This tissue wraps around all of your muscle cells, muscle fibers, nerves, and bones, holding it all together and providing structural support. Long time postural patterns and repetative motions can cause restrictions in the fascia that are not released with regular massage. No oil is used with myofascial release. Longer, sustained pressure is used because the fascia is slower to react than muscle tissue. Range of motion and pain levels can be greatly imroved when the muscle and fascia have both been released.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is a combination of the above techniques done with an understanding of the common complications of pregnancy. There are specific things to be aware of depending on which trimester the mother is in. After a certain point in the pregnancy, usually at the beginning of the second trimester, the client will be lying on her side on the table. Pillows and bolsters will be provided for supporting the hips, belly and neck and arms. During pregnancy there is a huge increase in circulating fluids, widening of the hips, loosening of joints, strain on the low back and shoulders, numbness in the hands and "sciatica" pains. Getting regular massage during pregnancy alleviates the discomfort that comes with all of these changes occuring in the body.

Cupping and Gua Sha

Cupping and Gua Sha are techniques that come from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. As a massage therapist I am using these techniques with a different intention, as I am not applying them with meridians and acupoints in mind. From a soft tissue perspective these techniques are great for releasing fascia and breaking up scar tissue. Both techniques increase blood flow and flush out toxins stored in chronically tight tissue. A cupping treatment involves creating a vacuum effect during the application of cups to the skin. This creates a suction as the tissue is pulled up into the cup. The cups can be left in one place for an extended period of time or they can be moved around on lubricated skin. Cupping treatments can be used as part of a massage session or as a stand-alone treatment. Gua Sha is also called "scraping," which is essentially just that- a smooth flat tool is used to scrape the lubricated skin to break up scar tissue. Both techniques cause discoloration of the skin which looks similar to a hickey mark and usually last 3-7 days.   

Detox Massage

While all massage is certainly a detoxifying experience, you can also specifically request a "detox massage". This type of massage is geared towards promoting circulation and flushing toxins out of your body. If you are doing a dietary cleanse it is a great way to increase your cleansing results, and decrease your cleansing symptoms. A detox massage includes kneading of the muscles and long flowing strokes which will greatly increase the circulation throughout your body. This brings freshly oxygenated blood to tight, stagnant areas that are storing toxins and causing stiffness and soreness. Drinking extra water (or juice!) after your treatment and doing some light exercise, like walking, will also help to flush out these toxins. People often report an increase in energy and better moods after a detox massage. Pure Simple Juice is a small local business that offers 3-5 day juice cleanses. Pair this with a weekend of yoga and massage and will be ready to take on the world!  :-)

Cupping and Gua Sha

Cupping and Gua Sha are techniques that come from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. As a massage therapist I am using these techniques with a different intention, as I am not applying them with meridians and acupoints in mind. From a soft tissue perspective these techniques are great for releasing fascia and breaking up scar tissue. Both techniques increase blood flow and flush out toxins stored in chronically tight tissue. A cupping treatment involves creating a vacuum effect during the application of cups to the skin. This creates a suction as the tissue is pulled up into the cup. The cups can be left in one place for an extended period of time or they can be moved around on lubricated skin. Cupping treatments can be used as part of a massage session or as a stand-alone treatment. Gua Sha is also called "scraping," which is essentially just that- a smooth flat tool is used to scrape the lubricated skin to break up scar tissue. Both techniques cause discoloration of the skin which looks similar to a hickey mark and usually last 3-7 days.   

Medical Massage/Auto Injury

Medical massage is performed as part of a physician's treatment plan to address a specific disease or injury. This service requires a prescription from a  doctor (MD, DO, DC, PT) for massage therapy or myofascial release.