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The benefits of Massage Therapy include mental and physical relaxation, relief of cramps and muscle spasms, reduction of tension headaches, reduction of mental stress and fatigue, loosing of tight muscles, improved posture, increased flow of blood and lymph fluid, improved circulation, reduced scarring, lower blood pressure and better sleep.
Having professional massage therapists on staff allows us to provide quality service and meet the needs of our clientele. If massage is a new experience for you, the following list of modalities & treatments should aid you in better understanding what is available.
Massage is considered to be among the oldest of all treatments used by man. It is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs and has proven to be a benefit to many chronic conditions such as back pain, arthritis and bursitis. Massage helps to relieve the stress and tension of everyday living.
A full body massage that stimulates blood circulation and soothes tense muscles. It is the most common type of massage involving long, flushing strokes, palmar and fist kneading.
NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE (NMT) - Currently not available
This technique, developed by osteopaths, is based open the physiology and interaction of the nervous systems and involves reducing the tone of hypertonic tissues and increasing the length of tissues that are foreshortened.
This type of massage releases chronic pain by using deep finger pressure and slow strokes on targeted areas.
This uses specific techniques to help prevent injury, relive stiffness or pain, increase blood and oxygen supply, and restore muscle function. Sports massage is frequently part of an athlete’s training or injury rehabilitation.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Experience a luxurious and relaxing massage combined with deep heat therapy. Smooth, polished Basalt Lava Stones are heated and incorporated into the massage. It is the perfect treatment to loosen tight muscles and relieve stress.
Pregnancy places strong demands on a woman’s body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This type of massage relieves the tensions and aches caused by weight changes and shifts in gravity to the body, reduces swelling and fatigue, soothes the nervous system, and enhances energy. A true enjoyment for the soon-to-be mothers. Can only be booked after first trimester.
Cupping is a vacuum of negative pressure applied to the body that brings circulation to an area of poor circulation or ischemia, creates a healthier skin tone and strength to the tissues, releases blockage of cold stagnated blood from deeper layers that can be a source of pain and increases flexibility and reduces pain by properly aligning fascia and creating balance internally. Cupping can be done in concert with other massage therapies or alone.
The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization using instruments with a specialized form of massage/scraping the skin gently. The therapy helps identify areas of restriction and attempts to break up scar tissue.
The general goals of the therapy are to reduce the patient's pain and increase function through a combination of breaking down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions that are usually associated with some form of trauma to the soft tissue (e.g. muscle strain or ligament, tendon or fascia pull), reducing restrictions by stretching connective tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated (muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments) and promoting a better healing environment for the injured soft tissue.
There also appears to be a neurologic benefit to treating patients with the Graston Technique Instruments with some indications that when a patient is given manual or instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy, certain nerve fibers are activated. The body's position sense organs, such as mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors, seem to respond to these forms of treatment as well.
Myofascial adhesions are areas of the muscle-fascial matrix where the tissue becomes crumpled or “gummed up” and are called myofascial adhesions (or restrictions) because they tend to restrict proper movement of a muscle and can often be painful. Myofascial adhesions can often feel like “knots” in muscles. Myofascial adhesions may form as a result of repetitive stress injuries, sedentary lifestyle and poor posture and traumatic injuries or surgery
Myofascial release combines massage with active movement to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and promote better function of the region affected by the adhesion. Pressure is applied to effectively “pin down” the adhesion as the patient moves through a full range of motion.
This “pin and stretch” technique lengthens the muscle to free up range of motion while also promoting blood flow to the area, which helps to reabsorb any excess fibrous tissue.
Massage with CBD oil can be effective for managing long-term pain. In addition to reducing inflammation, CBD oil increases blood flow, contributing to the reduction of soreness and tension in tight muscles. CBD oil has also been shown to reduce blood pressure, speed the recovery of injured muscles, and alleviate stress and anxiety.