Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system, which is made up of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a very soft touch, the practitioner works with the bones of the skull and the pelvis. This affects, in turn, the deeper layers of membranes and cerebrospinal fluids in the spinal canal, the brain, and the spinal cord itself. Therapists release restrictions to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
A pulse through the fluids proceeds through the entire craniosacral system, like a tidal wave, from the sutures in the skull to the spinal cord. Like a hydraulic system, there has to be an optimal circulation, which depends on constant mobility. When the membranes and lubricating liquids lose their freedom to glide freely, we hurt and symptoms start. It’s easy to imagine how even the slightest impact, lesion or distortion can stretch or strain this delicate system. Craniosacral therapy helps the body to re-establish an unobstructed wave, which is how symptoms disappear.
Sessions are generally performed in comfortable attire on a massage table.
Deep Tissue Massage is commonly misunderstood modality. It gets the assumption that “Deep Tissue” means “Deep Pressure”. But there’s so much more to it! Similar to Swedish Massage, the client will lie on a massage table and remain modestly draped by the therapist. Deep Tissue focuses on stretching FASCIA, a three dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports all the muscles, bones and organs. The therapist will work layer by layer through connective tissue and muscles down to the deepest accessible layers of muscle.
Deep tissue work creates micro-tears in the fascia, which fill with elastic and collagen in about three days, creating muscles that are more flexible, supple and have a greater range of motion. Deep Tissue work shouldn’t be painful; a well trained therapist will work very slowly, within the client’s tolerance, however it can often result in a little soreness after
The LYMPHATIC SYSTEM is our bodies WASTE REMOVAL SYSTEM. It is a network of vessels similar to the circulatory system. These vessels are filled with a fluid called LYMPH, which carries metabolic waste, toxins, infections and other foreign materials to LYMPH NODES, where they are then destroyed.
Our Lymphatic system can easily become stagnant from dehydration, fatigue, stress, infection, etc and can result in water retention, cellulite, chronic pain, and fatty deposits. A sluggish lymphatic system can also be the cause of chronic sinusitis, swollen glands, ankles and eyes, upper respiratory problems, throat problems, colds and pneumonia.
A lymphatic drainage massage is performed on a massage table with the client undressed to their comfort level, always modestly draped. The technique itself manually helps accelerate lymph flow and is very gentle, steady and harmonious, the pressure being no more that weight of a nickel. Too much pressure could regress or damage the lymph capillaries. Prepare to feel VERY relaxed and perhaps a bit flushed!
Myofascial Release focuses on the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome, which is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in MYOFASCIAL TISSUES. These tissues support and surround the muscles throughout the body. Normal myofascial should feel pliable and elastic. Imagine the ease of combing through recently brushed hair, now imagine trying to comb through a tangled mess of hair. Abnormal myofascial, or FASCIAL ADHESION are these tangled messes. Since fascia is thought to be the most pain sensitive tissue in our bodies, these tangled messes can cause chronic pain! Whenever a muscle is impacted (contact sports, falls, abuse, etc) or overused/injured (lifting weights, running over-training, heavy or repetitive jobs, etc), these adhesion will appear.
The therapist needs as much access to a clients skin a possible, so this treatment is performed on the massage table with the client modestly draped at all times. Little to no lotion or oils are used. This treatment can be used. This treatment can be uncomfortable for some clients as the therapist works to break up fascial adhesion. Myofascial Release commonly will require more than one released before the pain finally goes away.
Russian massage is a massage therapy technique developed in the former Soviet Union. It’s most often classified as a sports massage. Russian massage is sometimes referred to as connective tissue massage, point massage, or reflexology massage, depending on the techniques used during treatment.
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage therapy. The word Shiatsu means “finger pressure The theory underlying shiatsu is the same as acupuncture: Energy flows through meridians in your body, and applying pressure to specific points along those meridians affects your physical body, providing benefits such as relief from headaches and a wide variety of aches and pains, along with relief from stress, anxiety and other mental disturbances. Gentle stretching techniques are also applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.
Therapist perform traditional shiatsu with you fully clothed lying on a mat on the floor. However, some practitioners use a low massage table or do the technique with seated in a chair.
Pre-Event Sports Massage is a stimulating massage generally performed within one hour of a sporting event. Plan on anywhere from 5-20 minutes, performed fully clothed on a massage table or mat. The purpose if this massage is to get you game ready!
Swedish Massage is the most popular and well known massage modality in the United States. The client lies on a massage table and remains modestly draped by the therapist. It is typically a full-body massage treatment except in areas that are contraindicated or that the client does not want worked on. Lotion or oil is used by the therapist during treatment.
The therapist will use techniques such as EFFLEURAGE, which is a free-flowing and gliding movement with light or medium constant pressure and PETRISSAGE, which is kneading and pressure on specific muscle groups.
Thai Massage is an ancient Ayurvedic based body science said to have been developed and founded by the Buddha’s own personal physician, Shivago Komarpaj, Unlike many massage modalities where the client lays on a massage table, Thai Massage is performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor. The therapist stretches the client into specific, yoga-like poses, and also presses and massage floes. Where there is blockage, there is pain and tension. When these lines are cleared, vital energy flow is restored.
Thai Massage may be the ULTIMATE SPORTS MASSAGE. As the therapist poses the client into a series of dynamic stretches, many muscles get stretched simultaneously and are multi-planar, which means each stretch moves the muscles in more than just one direction. This allows more flexibility, loosens stiff joints, and improves energy circulation. Expect to end the session feeling calm, focused and invigorated.
Spinal Touch is a powerful, unique and very effective light touch technique for treating chronic and acute pain. Bodies have an innate healing ability which is mediated through the nervous system. If the nervous system is working properly then the body can maintain a state of wellbeing and won’t need the intervention of pain treatments, drugs, or surgery; it can just look after itself. Spinal Touch retrains the body to relax and improve as a whole. Muscles move bone, not the other way around. Tight muscles pull bones out of alignment, relaxed muscles don’t. The purpose of Spinal Touch is to guide the body to realign itself with its center of gravity.
Each Spinal Touch session begins and ends with assessment using a plumb line. Dressed in a treatment gown or undergarments, the client stands on a special footboard. The plumb line behind the footboard is pulled straight by gravity and the therapist compares it to the client’s spine to check for any distortions. The therapist will make small marks on the body that indicate where it is out of alignment so they can then follow a correct course of adjustment. The actual treatment is performed face down on a massage table, where the therapist will direct the soft tissues at different contact points to influence the sacrum and pelvis to move into normal alignment. The therapist will then reassess at the plumb line.
Our bodies deal with a “domino effect”, postural distortion or pain can cause us to develop other symptoms, like neck pain. This gives rise to headaches and insomnia, then we introduce fatigue and anxiety, which sparks off back pain or asthma. Breathing difficulties cause muscles to strain around vital organs, and blood flow is impeded, this has an effect on the circulatory system and oxygenated blood is slow to reach and nourish other organs, or the digestive system. The inability to digest our food properly soon has an effect on the body’s cell structure and our senses begin to suffer. We end up with visual disturbances, sinus problems and infections or disease.
During a Thai massage, the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure. Clients lie clothed on a cushioned mat as the therapist uses yoga-like stretches to lengthen and relax joints/connective tissue and also massages muscles, thus improving flexibility, circulation and flow of energy.