Acupressure - Acupressure is a form of bodywork based in traditional Chinese meridian theory in which acupuncture points are pressed to stimulate the flow of energy or chi.
Aromatherapy Massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. Oils can be selected that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. Aromatherapy can be added to Swedish, Deep tissue and NMT massages.
Bodywork - Bodywork is a general term for practices involving touch and movement in both Eastern and Western practices where the practitioner may use manual and energetic techniques to promote health and healing in the recipient.
Chair Massage - Chair massage refers to massage given with the recipient seated in an ordinary or special massage chair. Recipients remain clothed in chair massage. It has been called on-site massage when the chair is taken to a public place such as an office or commercial establishment.
Deep Tissue Massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. It is a more focused type of massage to release chronic muscle tension or knots. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage/Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle method of promoting movement of lymph into and through the lymphatic vessels. It reduces edema, a condition in which the tissues of the body contain an excessive amount of fluid. It also helps boost the immune system.
Massage - Massage is the intentional and systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing. Joint movements and stretching are commonly performed as part of massage. The primary characteristics of massage are touch and movement.
Massage Therapy - Massage therapy is a general term for health and healing practices involving touch and movement, which are based in massage and related manual techniques.
Maternity Massage/Pregnancy Massage is the massage of pregnant women (prenatal) and women after giving birth (postpartum). Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression.
Myofascial Release - Myo means muscle and fascia is the elastic connective tissue wrapped around muscles and other parts of the body. During myofascial release restrictions (stuck areas) are located and gentle sliding pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction to stretch the tissues. The stretching of tissues and the heat imparted by the practitioner's hands are thought to help produce a softer consistency of fascial tissues.
NMT – Neuromuscular Massage is an intense form of bodywork that consists of focused, concentrated massage on a specific area of the body and is designed to deactivate or alleviate tension that extends from a “trigger point” into an entire muscle that may cause local pain or refer pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body.
Reflexology - Reflexology is a form of bodywork based on the theory of zone therapy, in which specific spots of the body are pressed to stimulate corresponding areas in other parts of the body. Foot reflexology, in which pressure techniques are applied only to the feet, is the most common form of reflexology.
Swedish Massage - Swedish massage is also known as the Western or classic style of massage. It is credited to the Swedish fencing master and gymnastics instructor, Per Henrik Ling. It is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation or health maintenance. Swedish massage therapy is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement (or percussion) and vibration.
Tui Na – Acupressure - Traditional Chinese Massage – is an ancient form of Chinese Massage. It forms one of the main branches of Chinese Medicine alongside acupuncture, herbalism, tai-chi qi gong, and nutrition. It is still quite uncommon in the West, yet in China it is considered an important therapy, and can be found in most Chinese hospitals. It is around 3,000 years old, and many modern massage styles such as Swedish massage and Shiatsu are derived from it.
Thai Massage - Thai massage is an ancient bodywork system designed to unblock trapped energy and improve vitality by applying pressure along energy pathways called sens. These pathways carry vital life energy. Thai massage uses slow, often meditative, rhythmic pressing by fingers, thumbs, hands, forearms, elbows and feet (which are used extensively) and yogalike stretches coupled with gentle rocking motions.
Trigger Point Massage - Trigger point massage utilizes ischemic compression of individual areas of hypersensitivity in muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. These trigger points are defined by their referral of pain to distant locations in muscles, connective tissues and organs. Janet Travell, M.D., pioneered trigger point therapy in the United States.