GENERAL SWEDISH MASSAGE
The most common type of massage requested to reduce tension and "knots" is Swedish Massage, in which the RMT uses lotion with strokes that are applied with light to deep pressure, depending on the client's preference. The RMT determines the sequence of strokes that will best work for each client according to their needs, typically beginning with broad general strokes, transitioning to more detail specific strokes to address problem areas, and finishing with broad strokes.
A variety of treatments can be applied using a combination of Swedish Massage Techniques and other techniques such as Trigger point and Joint play therapy and many other modalities to address client's specific concerns.
CUPPING TREATMENT (MYOFASCIAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY)
The cupping technique we perform is a dry form. A soft silicone cup or a hard plastic cup is applied to the skin and suction is applied by either squeezing the soft cup or drawing the air out by a hand pump in the case of the plastic cups. A vacuum is formed resulting in the skin being drawn into the cup. The hard cups remain in place for a few minutes while the soft cups can be used to massage over the affected muscles.
The suction draws in blood, fluids, muscles and fascia. It improves circulation, healing, eases pain and muscle soreness. Cupping may have a positive effect on the immune system, digestive system, reducing tension, inflammation and softening of scar tissue, and assists in migraine reduction.
Cupping is a good alternative for people who are sensitive to deep pressure.
You may have a few cupping marks on your body after a treatment but they generally disappear over the course of a few days
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (MFR)
Myofascial Release (MFR) helps eliminate pain and fascial (connective tissue) restriction from the body, improves range of motion and enhances your body awareness for prevention of further pain and/or injury.
MFR is a hands-on, whole body approach to treatment which evaluates and treats the root cause of the symptoms. The RMT applies a variety of pressures, from light to deep, in combination with stretch and movement to release tensions and restrictions in the body. These restrictions, when left untreated, create pain and stiffness making it difficult for movement and prohibiting people from their daily activities. Restrictions develop from trauma, repetitive stress injury, poor posture, scarring, inflammatory reactions and life stressors. MFR eliminates the restrictions, taking the pressure off of pain sensitive structures in the body allowing it to function in an optimal state.
Some of the following have benefited from MFR:
Emotional Pain and Stress Scoliosis
Knee/Hip Pain Pelvic Pain/Dysfunction
Headaches Tightness & Tension
Scar Tissue TMJ Problems
Shoulder Pain/Dysfunction Menstrual Problems
Digestive Disorders Plantar Fasciitis
Fibromyalgia Sports Injuries
Myofascial Pain Syndrome Endometriosis
Disc Problems Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Hot Bamboo Massage
This treatment is used in conjunction with a regular massage to assist in releasing tension. A Hot bamboo stick or dowel, is applied to the body to address any ischemic tissues. The benefits of the heat allows for a reduction in joint stiffness, increasing the malleability of fascia and reduction of muscle spasms. It also feels wonderful and relaxing.
The bamboo dowel itself allows the practitioner to apply the heat where needed, resulting in a treatment with deep tissue treatment.
Massage can be received at any point in a woman's pregnancy. Your RMT is trained to use certain techniques, avoiding others depending on your needs, as well as special positioning used throughout various stages of pregnancy. Pregnancy massage can significantly reduce sciatic pain, swelling, blood pressure and of course the physical and mental stress that comes with a changing body.
We use a pregnancy bolster during treatment so clients at any stage of pregnancy can comfortably lie on their stomachs.
MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE (MLD)
MLD is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage. It also has profound effects on systems in the body. It is used for various conditions such as pre and post surgery, acute swelling from an injury, pregnancy and other conditions where swelling is present.
REJUVENATING HEAD & SCALP MASSAGE
This treatment is offered with you seated and clothed. I recommend that you wear a t-shirt to the session as some clothing may be too thick to provide for an effective treatment.
No oils are used.
Much like a regular massage, the tissues of the head, face, shoulders and scalp are treated using general Swedish massage techniques to bring about relief from tension by increasing circulation in the treated areas. Not only does it feel fantastic but it can also assist with the following conditions:
General stress and anxiety
Tension headaches and migraines Fibromyalgia
Earaches and Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) Insomnia/sleep disturbances
Jaw aches and issues such as clenching Sinusitis