Techniques that may be incorporated into your session:


Swedish

Combines several techniques including kneading, rolling, effleurage, petrissage, friction, percussive and tapping strokes to aid in stress and tension reduction, improve circulation and blood flow, remove toxic wastes, tone muscles and more.  All basics strokes flow toward the heart while circulation increases without increasing pulse rate.


deep tissue

Often confused with "Deep Pressure", this type of massage goes beyond the surface of the skin and underlying soft tissue to deep areas of the muscle and right to the “belly” of the muscle.  As the name suggests, “deep” is the key word here.  This type of massage involves the manipulation of the fascia, a web of connective tissue that runs through the entire body.  Fascia, when traumatized, inflamed or restricted can create a great deal of pain and restrict motion of the body.

Release of toxins, opening and balancing the fascia and release of ligaments and tendons are all taken into consideration when using this technique.

Deep slow strokes using the hands, palms, fingers and elbow can cause some tenderness and soreness the day following a massage using deep tissue massage.


deep pressure

A style of massage stroke that is often broadly applied and involves the heavily weighted use of a therapist's elbows, forearms, knuckles, etc. Veterans of massage may have been taught over the years that if there is "no pain" there is "no gain", and that deep pressure discomfort is the only means to an effective treatment.

While deep pressure can be very effective under certain circumstances, it is important to communicate your treatment goals to your therapist. This style may not always be appropriate if you are specifically interested in relieving chronic pain, recovering from an injury or reducing stress in your body.


Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions.

First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction.

Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.


MET

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form a manual therapy that has its roots in traditional osteopathy and is most commonly thought of as a form of contract-relax stretching because of the client’s active muscle contraction into a specific range of motion or direction against the therapists manual resistance.

Over the years, as the technique developed and was interpreted by many individuals and many different professions there has been a variety of methods termed “muscle energy technique” that may not resemble the original technique at all.

The techniques that require active client contraction are often groupe together – MET, PNF, Post Isometric Relaxation, Facilitated Stretching, Active Isolated Stretching, etc. All of these techniques are good and useful when used at the right time and they all have subtle differences that may set them apart (and depending on who you speak to they may all be very similar aside from the names).


soft tissue melting

Soft Tissue Melting is about knowing exactly what muscles or trigger points to address and delivering exactly the right pressure. A combination of traditional deep tissue and lighter touch energy therapies are what make up the dynamics of Soft Tissue Melting.

Clients who receive this work should not feel frustrated that the pressure is too light, instead feeling deep satisfying relief without the pain of other types of deep body work. Deep Tissue and light touch therapies sound like opposites, but performing both at the same time can have a powerful impact on eliciting deeper tissue release with ease.