Types of Massage
Most commonly requested, this is generally a light pressure massage, best for relaxation, stress relief and an introduction to massage.
Also known as pregnancy massage, prenatal massage helps alleviate sore spots, relax muscles, improve circulation and mobility and relieves stress and cope with the changes brought on the body by the pregnancy.
A trigger point or "knot" is a very sore or tender spot found in muscle fibers. It's called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response in the area of the knot and pain may also be referred to other areas of the body.
Finger or elbow pressure is used to deactivate these knots and decrease pain. Pressure varies on client's tolerance.
This focused, therapeutic massage is best for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, and recovery from injuries or muscle tears. More pressure is applied using deliberate, slow strokes to access deeper layers of muscle fiber and connective tissue to target muscle "knots" and to help flush toxins and lactic acid out of the body.
Pressure varies on the tolerance of the client and while it's true that the pressure is generally heavier than a Swedish massage, it shouldn't hurt. Massage doesn't have to be painful to be effective.
Hot Stone Massage
As the name implies, hot stone massage uses warm stones. The therapist places heated, smooth stones on specific points on the body and also holds the warm stones while giving the massage. The stones are usually basalt (a volcanic rock that retains heat well). The warmth of the stones can be relaxing and can loosen tight muscles so that the therapist can reach areas of muscle tension quickly.
**Certain medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or varicose veins) or medications (blood thinners, etc.. ) may be a disqualifying factor for this treatment. You should check with your health care provider prior to booking a hot stone massage. Likewise, if you take any blood-thinning medication, be sure to get a medical opinion first.**
This type of massage is tailored to athletes and the stresses they place on their bodies and usually includes active and/or passive stretching. It is designed to help prevent injuries, cool down after a workout and improve overall performance.
With increased circulation and relaxed muscles, the athlete is able to recover faster after workouts, reduce soreness and perform at maximum capacity.
Simply put, reflexology is an ancient Chinese technique that uses pressure-point massage to restore the flow of energy throughout the entire body.
There are reflexes in our hands, feet and ears that relate to every organ and part of our body. By stimulating these reflexes with pressure and manipulation, nerve function and blood supply may be improved, which may alleviate stress and other health problems.
Portable and quick, chair massages range in duration from 10-30 minutes. In only 10 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure can decrease and just like any other type of massage, chair massage can reduce stress, improve sleep, help sore and tight muscles and enhance immunity.
This is ideal for events, group settings or busy days when you don't have an hour to spare but you want to relax and be rejuvenated.