Our treatments fall into four categories:
Deep Tissue Bodywork ~ treatment for a variety of pain issues
Deep tissue refers to the specific and focused work at a particular area of the body; it is NOT about adding more pain to areas in pain. Deep tissue sometimes uses more pressure, but it always is more focused. There are many named conditions which can improve and often be eliminated by matching the correct style of bodywork to that tissue’s demands. (see the Benefits of Massage page)
- (neuro-muscular therapy (NMT), myofascial release, active-isolated stretching, lymphatic drainage)
Swedish Massage ~ stress reduction and relaxation
Swedish massage is critical for healing since the relaxation response must be present to facilitate deep and lasting change. Many traumas (emotional OR physical) respond best at first to relaxation massage given with knowledge of the healing aspects of the return to parasympathetic tone in the body. Body work that supports the learning (or re-learning) of the relaxation response serves to guide the nervous system that is stuck in processing sensory information as though that information were just another threat. Gentle body work, rather than being an indulgence, is therapeutic and healing because it does not register with the nervous system that even more trauma/pain is necessary in order to heal.
Holistic Techniques ~ operating through energetic levels of the body
These techniques are effective for achieving deep relaxation, pain relief, and in cases of trauma or abuse, deep healing of the body/mind. Like the other categories on this page, energy work can be integrated into a session along with other styles.
- (Marma point therapy, Reiki, Chakra work, Ayurvedic treatments, Thai massage)
Orthopedic Protocols and Home Self-Care Training.
Here specific injuries are addressed as well as nagging, painful and insistent muscle, fascia, tendon and ligament problems. Orthopedic massage techniques address the typical imbalance between extensor and flexor muscles, and scar tissue development from micro-tears or chronic pain and injury. Orthopedic protocols include postural assessment, so the actual cause of the pain or injury is treated. See the Benefits of Massage page.
How do you know which technique you need? (FAQ page)