Relaxation massage is what most people mean when they talk about the general term massage. It is one of the most relaxing types of massage to receive. A relaxation massage can be done to a specific part of the body such as the back and neck or be expanded onto the entire body. The general techniques are gliding, kneading, tapping, and vibrating or shaking using a pressure that feels comfortable to you. This type of massage is typically recommended for decreasing stress and promoting relaxation.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Intensely comforting and remarkably gentle, hot stone massage is a unique pampering experience that is perfect for those who prefer a lighter massage with many of the benefits of deep tissue work. With hot stone massage therapy, the heat conducted by the smooth stones used during the massage loosen and relax tense muscles, promoting deep relaxation that allows a massage therapist to manipulate the muscle instantly without causing pain or discomfort.
*please note an additional fee of $15.00 will be added to all hot stone massage treatments*
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is often confused with deep pressure massage. Deep pressure massage means a constant, strong pressure throughout the session. Deep tissue massage can indeed have a significant amount of pressure behind certain techniques but deep tissue always has a goal. It is used on ailments like chronic pain, recovery from injuries, limited mobility, postural problems and muscle tension or spasm, among others.
Deep tissue massage will start off light to relax the surface muscles so that your massage therapist can eventually get to the muscles underneath (hence deep tissue). Many of the physical issues we have after receiving an injury or strain affects all the muscles in the area.
As the massage is meant to get down deep into the problematic area it is common that the client will be bit sore for a day or two afterwards. This is because massage is something of a passive workout. The muscles are being worked and if they are not used to being manipulated then they will get sore just like an average physical work out.
Sports massage, as the name suggests, is a therapy designed for high activity people. Depending on the sport you will be playing there are different areas to treat both pregame and postgame. Pregame therapy focuses on preparing your muscles for high intensity motion. Usually lasting between 15 to 45 minutes the session is meant to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph fluids so that your body can perform at its peak. Increasing blood flow also helps post game as the body is more prepared to heal damaged tissue which occurs with any high intensity work out.
Postgame therapy is designed to help the body repair itself from the sore muscles and knots which may occur after the event. It normalizes your body tissue which continues to be in 'high gear' after the activity so it can begin to relax and cool down. These treatments are done within an hour or two after the event to prevent muscle tightness which can lead to injury in future workouts.
If you are getting ready to give it your all then it's time to call so you know you have done what you needed to minimize potential injury and continue to play without delay.
The origin of Thai massage is reputed to lead as far back as 2500 years ago and was invented by Shivago Komarpaj, Buddha's personal physician. Thai massage is done without the use of oils as friction is uses to stimulate the muscles and other systems of the body. Utilizing deep static and rhythmic massage techniques the client is massaged by the therapist relying on their body weight to both hold the body in specific positions to stretch the muscles and massage them simultaneously.
Heralded for centuries in the East for its energizing and restorative effects, Thai massage is gaining popularity in the West as people discover this unique and powerful form of massage. Sometimes called "assisted yoga," Thai massage involves easing the client into various assisted stretches to deepen muscle relaxation. During Thai massage, a massage therapist will carefully engage the use of his or her hands, knees, feet and body weight to vigorously stretch and deeply sooth muscles with specific poses designed to effectively relax and work the kinks out of tense muscles.
If you have only ever had the traditional Swedish style of western massage, Thai massage is a great first step in branching out to the eastern traditions. It is relaxing and invigorating while giving the client a new therapy not so far away from their usual comfort zone. *please note an additional fee of $10.00 will be added to all Thai Massage treatments*
PRE/POST NATAL MASSAGE
PRE NATAL MASSAGE
The weight of carrying your most precious cargo can be stressful on your muscles; let Therapeutic Wellbeing take care of you while you take care of your child. Expecting women go through a variety of different muscle issues due to the extra weight they carry. Back pain, leg pain, sore feet and muscle cramps are all standard issues for mothers to be and constant strain can lead to stress which is bad for the baby.
The benefits of prenatal massage are numerous. It helps in development by improving circulation which enhances oxygen and nutrient flow to the fetus. The therapy encourages a healthy labor as it relaxes muscle tension, diminishes swelling and discomfort and enhances hip flexibility. After just one session your endorphins and serotonin increases, promoting well-being of mother and child as body chemistry becomes more balanced.
Bringing new life into the world is a wonderful thing but it also puts a lot of strain on the body. Postnatal massage sessions are tailored to help with postpartum issues which every mother deals with.
POST NATAL MASSAGE
The body goes through a rapid transition after giving birth with changes in your hormones, body shape and center of gravity. Massage eases these stresses by relaxing the muscles that have been strained during the prenatal and natal process. Feeling relaxed increases a more balanced hormone production, realigns the muscles and re-focus your center of gravity. The therapy is also designed to increase circulation which contributes to the reduction of postpartum swelling and incorporate stretches to allow for a more lasting effect.
It is quite common for new mothers to not take care of themselves as well as they should. Of course, it is not surprising that they are completely focused on their new little bundle of joy but mama needs care too. There will be lots of bending over and lifting with your newborn which can put a strain on the back; often ignored because you have more pressing concerns. Come down to Therapeutic Wellbeing to take a little time for yourself and your well-being. Feel free to bring your little one with you. We have the facilities so that your child can be in the room with you while you receive treatment.
INDIE HEAD MASSAGE
Indie Head Massage is a 45 Min Treatment of the head neck face and scalp. It is designed to release tension and decrease such conditions as headaches and sinus pressure. Warm Coconut Oil is also added to the hair and scalp to further promote relaxation and re hydration of the hair. This massage can be a standalone treatment or incorporated into your current massage therapy appointment. *please note an additional fee of $5.00 will be added to all Indie Head Massage treatments*
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of Massage Therapy performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Kinesiology Taping is used to help aid in the recovery of muscular injuries. Kinesiology tape (K-Tape) is an elastic tape that is placed directly on the skin. It helps lift the skin away from the muscle which helps promote the movement of fluid within the body. K-Tape can be worn for 7 days after it is applied.
From Tradational Chinese Medicine cupping is used to increase location circulation around an area, Plastic or silicone cups are used with a vacume pump to lift the skin away from the underlying tissue. This will allow an increase of local circulation and decrease in local pain. Patients will sometimes experience bruising due to the increased pressure on the skin.
Reiki is a practitioner's initiation into Reiki and is open to anyone. The focus during Reiki is on opening the energy channels on a physical level, allowing the practitioner to connect to the universal life force energy, which flows from the cosmos through the crown of the head and down to the heart and hands. Reiki can be a stand alone treatment or used in conjunction with your Massage Therapy Treatment.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and vibrant health.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Manual lymphatic drainage (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 (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger points, are described as hyperirritable or tender spots in the fascia and surrounding muscle. Trigger Points can often cause referral patters that may radiate down the arm or legs and into the head. Trigger points are often the underlying cause of headaches and can be easily treated by Massage Therapy.