Massage Modalities

The following list of modalities and their descriptions are techniques that we
integrate into a massage session making each session one that we have customized
​in the best interest for our client.
Swedish Massage - Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork, using long flowing strokes with usually medium to light pressure.  It combines oils 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 - Deep Tissue Massage is probably the most mis-understood term for both clients and therapist.  Deep tissue massage does not mean that the massage should be done with tonz of pressure, it should not be painful for the client.  Deep tissue techniques are used when the need arises, and no session should ever consist entirely of deep work.  Therapist use their understanding of the layers of tissue in the body to work specific areas to relax, lengthen and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible. 

Sports Massage - Sports massage can be considered 5 styles of massage therapy, each with a different intent and outcome all of which is based on the timing of when the massage is given.  These catagories include: pre-event, inter-event, post-event, maintenance and rehabilitation.
Pre-event - 48 hours up to 30 minutes prior to competition.  The depth and the pace of the hand techniques vary depending on how close the athlete is to competing and how well the therapist knows the athlete's body.
Inter-event - Utilized during competition.  Focus should be to treat an area that is injured or needs to be loosened up to prevent stiffening up.  

Post-event - The first 48 hours after competition. Like pre-event the pressure and pace are determined by the athlete's condition and how well the therapist knows the athlete.

Maintenance - Performed throughout the year for athletes currently training or in the post season.  During this time athlete's are receiving regular massage to assist in recovery of or preparation for competition.

Rehabilitation - Massage designed to identify the cause of injuries and the inplementation of the appropriate techniques to assist in the healing of such injuries.  The athlete who is dealing with an injury may also be seeking additional therapies such as chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture or other form of medical supervision.
Acupressure - Based on one the most ancient principles of healing - that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. Firm pressure is appled directly to these "points" on your body, which relieves your muscle tension and improves your circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to be very effective in treating headaches, backaches and even insomnia. 

Reflexology - Pressure is applied to points on the feet, hands or ears which correspond to all the glands, organs and other parts of the body to benifit health and alleviate stress.  It is a natural, non-invasive way of stimulating internal organs, increasing circulation and restoring bodily func​tions.
Aromatherapy - The use of plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.

Myofascial Release - Involves the therapist pressing the fascia tissue (connective tissue that covers the muscles) in a direcion that causes the therapist to feel either increased or decreased resistance, either direction may work, if one direction doesnt work the other direction is tried.
Trigger Point - A trigger point is an area of muscle tissue that is hypercontracted (a knot).  The therpist pushes on this point to relax the entire muscle.  Trigger point therapy is never done without additional massage work to finish the therapy.
Thai - Originating from India, Thai massage is heavily influenced by the Buddhist, through a meditative and concentrated state of mind.
Therapist use slow palm pressing techniques giving them the ability to work deep with heightened awareness.  Thumb and finger pressure is used for more detailed work while effleurage is used for working large areas.  Stretching, breathwork and acupressure are also used throughout Thai massage to bring the body into balance.
Tui-Na - A Traditional Chinese Medical Massage that is designed to identify specific sites of injury, musculoskeletal disorders, and recognizing acute and chronic conditions of the upper and lower body, and then treating with the appropriate protocol, using a combination of hand techniques, and acu-points with the channel pathways/indications.  ​Typical sessions focus on 1 or 2 specific body issues for the full 60 or 90 minute session.

Shiatsu - A manual therapy from Japan that stimulates the body's ability to heal itself.  Shiatsu is a therapuetic treatment that involves a systematic application of pressure, using fingers and thumbs primarily, at different points on the soft tissues of the body in order to assess and assist in recovery of a variety of conditions.  Shiatsu treatments can help to regulate the body's autonomic nervous system, which can improve organ function and reduce muscle tension.
Lymph Massage - Lymphatic drainage is used to decrease edema (tissue fluid) and has the side effect of improving the immune system.
The therapist using a very light touch glides along the path of the lymphatic vessels to return tissue fluid to the heart.  Excess tissue fluid accumulates with various conditions, such as congestive heart failure.
Stone Massage - Stones are placed on the body at critical energetic points and are either left there or used to massage the body.  Stone Massage can be performed with hot or cold stones.

Cupping - Glass or plastic cups are used where a vacuum is created as they are anchored to the skin.  The skin is pulled upward on the inside of the cup.  Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.  
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