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Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that treatment is directed towards resolving conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus specifically according to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the neccessary recovery time from injury.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas , relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy and surgery (particularly liposuction) and strengthened resistance to illness.
Reflexology focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth technique and aims to harmonize your entire body. According to the priciples of reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression and many digestive disorders. Children respond particularly well.
This is designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. Massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition to aiding more restful sleep, this massage can also help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.
Trigger Point Therapy focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Pregnancy Massage is designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues.
Infant Massage is designed specifically to promote the healthy development of your infant. 98221 Caring human touch is crucial for a healthy thriving baby, and the benefits of massaging a young child are many, including:
- Improved growth and development of the brain and nervous system
- Strengthened immune system function
- Regulated sleeping patterns, leading to deeper sleep
- Greater levels of trust and intimacy between parent and child
Aromatherapy utilizes the essential oil drawn from plants to enhance the body's own healing ability. These oils are extracted through natural processes (distillation, cold press) that do no damage to the essence. No chemicals or foreign substances are added during these processes, and some high quality oils are extracted from organically grown plants. These oils can influence not only our moods, but our physiological functions. Very beneficial for treatments focusing on grief, depression, insomnia and digestive disorders, to name but a few.
Aromatic essential oils can be used to enhance almost all massage techniques, (at no extra cost) but caution should be exercised under certain conditions, for example pregnancy and some stages of cancer treatments.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of muscle tissue in the body. It is a highly effective method of releasing chronic stress due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session
Sports Massage is designed for athletes and highly active people. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Acupressure works on the same principal as acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Ki (energy) flow. Unlike acupuncture however, with this modality I use my hands to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.
Hot Stone Therapy uses deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.