Therapeutic and Medical Massage are defined more by their expected outcome than by the tools and massage styles they use. Therapeutic and Medical Massage both consist of a combination of techniques, including but not limited to; Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Stretching and Lymphatic Massage.
Each client is assessed and a treatment plan is decided on by both the client and the therapist. This will involve the client's current condition, level of pain (with and without activity), assessment of previous medical treatments, including surgery and physical therapy and an evaluation of how those treatments have helped improve the client's condition.
Then the client will identify their goals for the treatment(s). Perhaps improve mobility (increased Range Of Motion), a reduction of pain, reduction of swelling, increased strength and an ability to get back to the activities that they love. The therapist will also have the client determine their threshold of pain and pressure that they want to work within, and the therapist will always work within the client's level of comfort.
Your therapist will always ask you if the treatment pressure is ok, and it is your job to let us know if anything needs to be modified to keep you comfortable. Therapeutic and Medical Massage are treatments for chronic conditions such as Arthritis, Rotator Cuff injuries, Carpal Tunnel, Sciatica, Plantar Fasciitis, back pain, neck pain, migraines and more.
Acute conditions are back and neck strains, muscles spasms, and more. In most cases Therapeutic or Medical Massage treatments will require a series of treatment sessions to reach the client's goals. Massage therapy should not be considered a Cure for any illness, disease or injury, but has been used for thousands of years to help people all over the world feel better.
The use of essential oils (which are extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, roots) in body and skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, essential oils aid in relaxation, improved circulation, and help the healing of wounds. Specific essential oils are blended by the therapist and sometimes added to an oil or a lotion to be used during the massage. Each of the oils has unique characteristics and benefits.
A type of massage that incorporates hot stones into the massage to help aid in relaxation and improve blood flow. Hot stone therapy utilizes heat-retaining basalt massage stones to massage the body. Thermal conduction in the warm stones brings about local and systemic changes in the body, and influences the energy centers for body and mind balancing. The use of massage techniques in conjunction with the stones is incredibly soothing. This can be a very relaxing massage and is a great stress reliever. The therapist can also provide Deep Tissue Massage with the hot stones for an added benefit of increased circulation and intense relaxation for the deep muscle layers. Clients report feeling "melted" when they're done. This service is seasonal, for the colder months. It is only available between October and April. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Typically performed on athletes, a sports massage can be stimulating for the muscles to get the body ready to perform or it can be used as a cool-down or recover for the body after athletic performance. Sports massage consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation, increase circulation and flush out lactic acid after an event.
Deep Tissue is a broad-based, deep pressure massage designed to help break down scar tissue, work out trigger points (knots within the muscle) and stimulate blood flow. Deep tissue massage can be uncomfortable. Many clients say the pressure "hurts so good" because they know relief will follow. However, all of our treatments are customized to your exact specifications and preferences. Our therapists will ask several times to confirm the pressure is comfortable for you, so please feel free at any time to have them adjust for your comfort.
Swedish massage is normally a relaxation massage that compresses and pushes the muscles in order to create a relaxed state in the body and mind. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibration, percussion, and tapping movements, with the application of lotion, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, break down of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.