Our Massage Therapies
Therapeutic Massage (Deep Tissue/Medical)
Improve your overall health and reduce stress, anxiety, and pain.
Therapeutic massage incorporates a variety of advanced modalities that enhance the body’s natural restorative functioning. Light to firm touch is used to release tension, relax muscles, increase blood and lymph circulation, and impart a sense of calm. Therapeutic massage can be used as a collaborative, supportive addition to conventional medical treatment of illness and injury, alleviating pain and stress, aiding soft tissue healing, and revitalizing the body. Also, regular massage can enhance health, providing relaxation, the release of muscle tightness, relief from anxiety and tensions, and balancing aspects of body/mind/spirit.
Research has shown that therapeutic massage techniques may be helpful in the following conditions:
- Stress, anxiety, and depression: promotes relaxation response, enhances coping mechanisms in patients undergoing treatment for cancer, reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress disorders
- Pain control: fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, childbirth
- Chronic lung disease: increases respiratory function and decreases anxiety
- Digestive: adjunctive therapy to the treatment of chronic constipation
- Injuries: overuse and repetitive strain injuries, workplace and athletic trauma, whiplash
Craniosacral therapy (CST)
Release your neck and spine stress and tension.
CST is a non-evasive and gentle hands-on technique that works with the soft tissue structures of the body and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid between the head and the base of the spine. These structures and fluids protect, support, and nourish the brain and spinal cord. CST helps relieve compression in the head, neck, and back. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. It is also thought to help restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves.
Kinesio tape on a patient.
Kinesiology Therapeutic (KT)/Rock Tape
Prevent and treat your sprains, strains, and injuries.
Kinesiology Therapeutic (KT) tape is used to support and relieve pain in muscles, joints, and/or ligaments. It reduces swelling, increases mobility, and enhances recovery. KT Tape can be used to prevent or treat much common muscle and joint related injuries including sprains, muscle strains, subluxations, and tendonitis. KT tape provides support and pain relief before, during, and/or after an activity. The range of motion is not limited.
Improve organ movement and reduce your scar tissue problems.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy technique that assesses the relationship between the body’s organs (e.g. bladder, bowel, uterus, etc) and other structures, like muscles, fascia, ligaments, and joints. The organs in our body have a certain range of movement that is normal, just like our joints. They need to move within a normal range so we can function.
The movement of an organ can be restricted by surgical scars, adhesions, infection, illness, poor posture, or traumatic injury. A restriction prevents the “gliding and sliding” action of the organ over other structures within the body, creating an area of fixation. Our body learns to accommodate by moving around this area of tension, and over time this repeated movement leads to chronic irritation and inflammation-causing musculoskeletal, neural, and visceral dysfunction.
Cupping being performed on a patient.
Improve healing and blood flow of your body.
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow. It involves creating suction on the skin using a glass, ceramic, bamboo, or plastic cup. Negative pressure is created in the cup either by applying a flame to the cup to remove oxygen before placing it on the skin or by attaching a suction device to the cup after it is placed on the skin. In “wet cupping,” the skin is pierced, and blood flows into the cup. “Dry cupping” doesn’t involve piercing the skin.
Gua sha being performed.
Increase your circulation and reduce inflammation.
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain and treat the common cold, fever, or problems with the lungs. Gua sha may reduce inflammation, so it is often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain.
Myofascial release (MFR)
Release your muscle tightness and restrictions.
MFR is a technique used to stretch and release connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds muscles, bones, nerves, & organs. It is a light sustained pressure that releases tension typically because of trauma, posture, or inflammation. This technique is designed to release restrictions such as trigger points, muscle tightness, and dysfunctions in soft tissue that may cause pain and limit motion in all parts of the body. It has shown success in decreasing pain and increasing mobility. MFR can be used to treat pain and increase mobility in patients with a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and fibromyalgia.