Therapeutic massage uses light to medium pressure to relax the whole body. The therapist uses long strokes moving toward the heart and a combination of kneading, percussive, rolling and tapping movements. Pleasantly scented oil reduces skin friction. Expect stress relief, reduced pain, more oxygen in your blood, improved circulation and a better mood after your massage.
Deep tissue is similar to Swedish massage, but uses more pressure. It aims to release chronic muscle tension. Skilled practitioners will get you so relaxed you won’t mind the deep pressure. Deep tissue massage can help rehabilitate injuries, reduce arthritic pain, boost your mood and lower your blood pressure.
Specially trained prenatal massage therapists can enhance the well-being of mothers-to-be and pre-borns through massage. Prenatal massage techniques may decrease anxiety and labor pain, and safely speed delivery. Massage relieves common pregnancy side effects, such as edema, headaches, leg cramps and back aches, and reduces pressure on joints. Be sure to clear it with your doctor before making a prenatal massage appointment.
This Japanese modality uses finger pressure on acupuncture points to unblock your life energy’s flow. Your therapist may also use her thumb, knee, palm or elbow to enliven areas along the energy meridians. Shiatsu stimulates your lymph and blood flow while providing an overall feeling of peace and relaxation. Some of our clients attribute their strong immune systems to Shiatsu.
Hot Stone Massage
Originally developed by Native Americans, this kind of massage incorporates water-heated hot stones. During your massage, your therapist will place the smooth stones on key places on your body. The heat helps relax your tightest muscles. Your therapist starts with a therapeutic massage, then introduces black basalt stones of various sizes, heated to about 130 degrees.
Depending on your sport – and your aches and pains – your therapists will tailor the sports massage to your needs. This type of massage is ideal for soothing muscles that have been inflamed from repetitive movements, such as your tennis swing or your jump shot. Sports massage can help improve endurance, reduce fatigue, decrease muscle soreness and increase your range of motion.