DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue in your body by using firm pressure and slow, deliberate strokes. People who suffer from chronic pain, high blood pressure, or muscle injury and overuse tend to benefit most from deep tissue massage.
SWEDISH MASSAGE: During a Swedish massage, your therapist will first apply massage oil or lotion to your body and then employ long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. These purposeful movements help to warm your muscle tissue, release tension, and release those tight “knots” you may have been experiencing in your neck, shoulders, or back. In addition, Swedish massage may also incorporate the use of other techniques: circular pressure that is applied by his/her hands and palms, a firm kneading of the muscles, a percussion-like tapping, and even stretching of the joints and muscles.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE: Lymphatic massage uses gentle, rhythmic strokes along the body to gently “pump” lymph manually through the body. Improvements in lymphatic flow improve the removal of waste from the body. In turn, these support the body’s ability to detoxify and increase its metabolic rate. The positive effects of this type of massage therapy range from reduced fluid retention to better pain management and an increased feeling of well-being.
PRENATAL MASSAGE: Prenatal massage differs from regular massage in a few ways, but the main modification you’ll notice is the position in which you lie. To alleviate extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas that can occur with the pressure of massage techniques, you’ll lie on your side with soft, supportive cushions propping you up. Or, if you prefer during your second trimester, you may lie on your back with a soft wedge under one hip for elevation. Either way ensures your comfort while allowing your therapist the ability to apply the right amount of pressure where needed.
TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE: Thai massage is actually a combination of acupressure, assisted yoga and Indian Ayurvedic principles. It is very different than most traditional massage styles and the experience is more rigorous and energizing. Rather than using a table, a padded mat is placed on the floor. There is a great deal of movement involved in this type of massage. You’ll need to be wearing comfortable clothing that allows free movement as you are assisted through a series of poses and stretches. No oils or lotions used in this type of massage. An onlooker might describe Thai massage as looking like a dance where the therapist leads and assists their client through various movements and stretches. During your session time, you’ll be moved through a range of yoga like positions. You’ll also experience acupressure joint mobilization and muscle compression which add to the effectiveness of this amazing technique. Expect your Thai massage therapist to use their hands, feet, knees and legs while they work with you.Some of the benefits of Thai massage are stress reduction and improved circulation and flexibility. Similar to yoga, an effective Thai massage session will help you feel more centered, relaxed and calm.
VOLCANIC STONE MASSAGE: Hot stone massage therapy not only feels amazingly relaxing, it can also provide a host of other benefits associated with massage. The use of hot stones allows you to achieve a deeper level of relaxation as the stones serve as a grounding force that makes it difficult to stay stressed very long. Hot stone massage has a calming effect that relieves pain, reduces stress and promotes deep relaxation.
WARM BAMBOO MASSAGE: Warm Bamboo Therapy is a treatment using warm bamboo and rosewood tools to perform deep tissue massage techniques. Using different sized and shaped tools, the therapist applies a variety of massage strokes which address soft tissue knots and promotes a deep sense of overall well being and relaxation.
SPORTS MASSAGE: Sports massage is used to correct specific problems and provide relief from muscle and joint injuries. It can also be used as a recovery aid between workouts to enhance performance by promoting flexibility, increasing endurance, aiding in the prevention of further injuries and can even help reduce fatigue and recovery time after injury.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: Craniosacral therapy may provide relief for those suffering from migraines and may be long lasting. Those that have undergone this therapy have reported improved sleep quality and fewer migraine headaches for up to three weeks. The therapy can be added to any other form of massage therapy on request, but should be carried out by a therapist with experience in this type of light touch, non-invasive treatment. (Used in our Cranial Indulgence Facial and The Retreat services)
CLINICAL MASSAGE THERAPY: Clinical or treatment massage – is the application of a specific treatment targeted at a specific, medically-diagnosed problem. Massage therapists are not permitted to diagnose their clients, thus you’ll need to have the help of a doctor to formally diagnose your condition and determine whether massage will be an effective treatment. Medical massage isn’t confined to one technique. Several techniques can be incorporated in order to achieve relief from your condition. These include, among others: Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Cross Fiber Friction. (Used in our Runner's Rehab, The Off-Switch, Restore Session and Deep Tissue services)
REFLEXOLOGY: Deeply relaxing, reflexology is based on the belief that specific areas of the feet are directly connected to corresponding areas of the body. By applying pressure on these specific areas of the feet, positive changes in the linked areas can be realized. Oils or lotions can used to aid in the therapy and the feet are often covered in a blanket or towel when not being worked on to stop them from becoming cold or uncomfortable. If you haven’t experienced a reflexology session yet, you’ll be amazed at how relaxed and invigorated your whole body can become simply from working on the feet. (Used in our The Escape, Around The World and Hand & Sole services)
THAI ON THE TABLE MASSAGE: Thai massage is actually a combination of acupressure, assisted yoga and Indian Ayurvedic principles. It is very different than most traditional massage styles and the experience is more rigorous and energizing. This method however, has been adapted for use on a massage table rather than a floor mat. (Used in our Around The World service)
SHIATSU MASSAGE: Shiatsu massage originated in Japan and is based on traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine. The theory behind this technique is that our bodies are made up of energy, and when this energy becomes blocked, various ailments result. Shiatsu was developed as a way to remove any blockages and align the body and mind. The term shiatsu means “finger pressure,” which perfectly describes this technique. During a shiatsu massage, your therapist applies force to pressure points on your body using his or her thumbs, elbows, knees, or feet. Additionally, shiatsu focuses on rotating and stretching the limbs and joints. (Used in our Cranial Indulgence and Around The World services)