Swedish massage therapy comes to mind when most people think about massage. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood flowing back to the heart. In addition to providing relaxation, Swedish massage is beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, and improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscles. It helps relieve chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the strokes are the same as those used in classic/Swedish massage therapy, but the movements are slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
I practice the John Barnes method of myofascial release. Myofascial Release, or "MFR," is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Each myofascial release treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or creams. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. I often incorporate MFR into a traditional massage session as well as use it exclusively in a session. MFR is a gentle, non-invasive technique that provides great results.
Hot stone massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands. Stones are also placed on the body during parts of the massage. The heat from the stones can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. Hot stone massage consists of massaging primarily with the stones, but also some with the hands.
This is a pampering massage for expectant mothers to relieve common discomforts associated with pregnancy. The therapist provides a full body massage while you comfortably lay in a side lying position with pillows placed for comfort. Pregnancy massage can greatly reduce typical aches and pains experienced such as lower back pain, tired and swollen feet and ankles, and tense shoulders.
Raindrop Technique uses a sequence of essential oils that are immune enhancing, support the body's natural defenses, as well as the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. These oils, which are high in antioxidants, are also mood elevating and antiseptic, creating an unfavorable environment for harmful viruses and bacteria that can hibernate in the body. Essential oils are known to boost stamina and energy, help you relax, help manage stress and frustration and promote overall health, vitality, and longevity. The principal single oils used include:
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Oregano (Origanum compactum)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
The oils are dispensed in little drops from a height of about six inches above the back, which is where Raindrop Technique gets its name. They are then massaged along the spine and back muscles. They are also applied to the feet.
Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the client by means of light touch, which activates the natural healing processes of the body and restores physical and emotional well-being. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.