Craniosacral Therapy CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Cranio refers to the cranium which is the bony part of the head. Sacral refers to the bony bottom of the spine called the sacrum. In the 1900s Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopathic physician, discovered cranio movement. In the 1970s Dr. John Upledger, an osteopathic doctor, helped to further Sutherlands discovery as both an evaluative tool and a corrective one. Cranio Sacral Therapy is a light touch manipulation of the head and bottom of the spine to restore optimal cerebrospinal fluid movement. It can be especially useful in treating headaches, eye and ear problems, jaw problems, whiplash, and back pain.
Deep Tissue DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE is also called deep muscle therapy or deep tissue therapy. It is a term used to describe various massage styles that focus on the deeper muscles and connective tissues of the body. The therapist uses movement and pressure to reshape and realign the muscles and connective tissue, breaking old, tension habitual holding patterns.
Reflexology What is Reflexology? The ancient healing art of reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. It was first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian peoples.
How Can Reflexology Help You? The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of "imbalance", and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the bodys natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
I will use my hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet. For each person the application and the effect of the therapy is unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points I can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved.
Shiatsu SHIATSU (Japanese for “finger pressure”) is a system for healing and health maintenance that has evolved over thousands of years. Shiatsu strengthens the immune system and, if practiced consistently, truly becomes preventive health care. Shiatsu derives both from the ancient healing art of acupuncture and from the traditional form of Japanese massage, amma.
Shiatsu is a combination of many different techniques, and modalities, including pressing, hooking, sweeping, shaking, rotating, grasping, vibrating, patting, plucking, lifting, pinching, rolling, brushing. Barefoot shiatsu, used mostly in Shiatsu and Thai massage modalities, which includes walking on the person’s back, legs and feet is also commonly practiced. The belief behind Shiatsu and Acupressure is that the body becomes out of balance due to blocked energy along special points called ‘meridians’, which are located along invisible channels of energy flow throughout the body.
Sports Massage SPORTS MASSAGE Sports Massage consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation, and provide warm-up, etc. for amateur and professional athletes before, during, after, and within their training regimens. Massage therapists blend classic Swedish strokes with such methods as compression, pressure-point therapy, cross-fiber friction, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and cryotherapy (ice massage) to meet the special needs of high-level performers and fitness enthusiasts.
Swedish Massage SWEDISH MASSAGE Swedish massage is also known as the Western or classic style of massage. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. Massaging the skin, the bodys largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and wellbeing.
Swedish massage therapy is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage (long strokes) petrissage (short strokes), friction, tapotement (or percussion) and vibration. The many benefits of Swedish massage helps promote circulation and muscle relaxation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Pregnancy Massage PREGNANCY MASSAGE is the massage of pregnant women (prenatal) and women after giving birth (postpartum). It address the special needs of pregnant women such as swollen/painful hands and feet, stress on weight bearing joints, preparation of muscles and cardio system for labor & delivery, scar tissue, exhaustion, and emotional changes, discomforts in the low back, feet, and legs. This form of massage usually consists mainly of Swedish Massage techniques that are modified slightly to take into account the common aches and pains of pregnancy. Positioning of the client is also modified as the pregnancy progresses and the abdomen enlarges. This is preformed after the first trimester.
Hot Stone Massage Hot stone massage is a wonderful & relaxing experience that warms and soothes the muscles.
Stone Therapy History Stone Therapy is an ancient healing art that’s been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians even used heated stones. Native America Indians used stones during rituals and ceremonies and still use them today in Sweat Lodges today. Originally Hawaiian Laau lomi-lomi lava rock balls were used to clean or scrape the skin after a lomi-lomi. Stone therapy was reintroduced in Tucson, Arizona in 1994 by a massage therapist.
Stone massage uses deep penetrating heat from smooth basalt rocks. This exotic treatment involves placing heated Lava stones on to the skin and pressure points with natural & aromatherapy oils.
The best Black Basalt (lava) stones are used to heat & soothe aching muscles. Cooler marble stones are also used to cool the muscles and heal. The heat from the stones increases the relaxation response and increases healing.
Russian Massage RUSSIAN SPORTS MASSAGE This technique alters the basic strokes of classical massage so each stroke provides the client with the least invasive and most comfortable treatment.
Each stroke in Russian massage has a known physiological effect on a healthy or dysfunctional body. Therapists don’t use their wrists or single digit pressure, instead opting for shoulders or elbows as the primary sources of strength for deep work.
Trigger Point Therapy TRIGGER POINT THERAPY Trigger Point Therapy is a pain-relief technique to alleviate muscle spasms and cramping. It uses compression of tender areas in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia that have been damaged or are spasming or `kink painfully when touched. Slight pressure is used at the point of muscle tension to release knots and lactic acid build-up. It is closely related to acupressure.