The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
Pregnancy and Infant Massage
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and even improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Infancy massage is such a wonderful way to connect with your baby, as well as relax together. Some of the other benefits include:
• Relieves discomfort from constipation, wind, colic & reflux
• Stimulates brain development
• Improves sensory awareness
• Improves blood circulation
• Improves eczema and dry skin
• Helps baby sleep better and for longer
Gentle Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Craniosacral Therapy Massage
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, we release restrictions in the cranisacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. - The Upledger Institute
A Japanese-style massage based out of Chinese medicine that focuses on establishing balance within the body. This is accomplished by treating the meridians (or channel pathways) of the body as well as specific acupuncture points. We use rhythmic palm and or thumb pressure along the meridians to help establish balance within the body by moving stagnant energy (Qi). Stretches are also incorporated. Please wear comfortable pants and t-shirt or long shirt.
Positional Release Therapy and Muscle Energy Technique
Positional Release Therapy (PRT) also know by its parent term, strain counterstrain, is a form of manual medicine that resolves pain and tissue dysfunction. Through positioning the body and tissue in positions of comfort, the neurological system can be manipulated to interrupt the pain spasm cycle and over time, to reset the resting length of tissue in a “normal” range, which promotes increase in strength, performance and function. Essentially, PRT is the opposite of stretching. Much like unkinking a knot from a chain necklace, PRT works in the same fashion; tissues are pushed together, twisted, compressed and manipulated to take tension off “neurological chain links.” The therapy is pain-free and is suited for all ages and most painful conditions. - The Positional Release Therapy Institute