Swedish Relaxation Massage
Swedish Massage is a medium pressure relaxation massage which is performed using an oil or lotion. Swedish Massage is the primary type of Western massage. The Swedish Massage is the most recommended massage for beginners. The therapist applies oil to the body and gradually administers a series of strokes designed to induce relaxation, enhance circulation, and increase range of motion. The main strokes of Swedish massage are gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping and shaking movements. Swedish massage can help the body remove toxins, deliver nutrients to tissues and cells more efficiently, and recover from strains and trauma more quickly.
Myofascial Therapy is a form of deep tissue massage, which releases areas of restriction and dysfunction within the fascial tissue. Very little oil or lotion is used during a Myofascial Therapy massage. The therapist will loosen the outer most layers of the epidermis and then will move to the innermost layers of connective tissue and fascia. While Myofascial Therapy is a form of deep tissue massage, it is not uncomfortable to the client. Many clients prefer to mix Myofascial Therapy and Swedish Massage to form a balanced massage session, which addresses areas of tightness, along with relaxation.
Energy Boost Massage
Energy Boost Massage uses essential oils to increase vitality. The essential oils are mixed in a base oil and applied to the body using Swedish Massage techniques. Hot and cold compresses, are used to help the essential oils to enter the bloodstream. This is an awesome, invigorating experience!!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can a massage do for me?
What is the first appointment like?
What should I do during a massage?
How will a massage feel?
What is a massage therapist?
How long is a session?
What should I expect afterwards?
Back What can massage do for me?
One of the most common requests for massage is due to stress and fatigue. People are more inclined to take more care of their cars, but neglect their health and well being. People constantly place enormous demands on themselves, putting their health in jeopardy which causes many diseases, which are preventable. Massage introduces the experience of touch, putting you back into connection towards health, your natural state of being.
Back What is the first appointment like?
I will begin by asking you health questions since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. Depending on the massage technique which we will be using, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body Swedish massage, most people undress completely, though you may choose to wear underwear. You will relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort. I will offer you cushions or an adjustable face rest for support. For many techniques, a lubricant will be used, such as light oil or lotion. For some kinds of bodywork, no oil is used. A massage session usually begins with relatively gentle pressure to calm your nervous system and begin releasing your superficial tension.
Back What should I do during a massage?
Make yourself comfortable. Other than specifically asking you to adjust your position so that I can apply a specific technique, you can change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Most people just close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Back How will massage feel?
Massage on healthy tissue feels good. The normal response is to slow down, breathe deeply, and relax. Some people are surprised that massage does not tickle. I will apply gentle but firm pressure, gradually preparing you for deeper touch. The saying 'no pain, no gain' is not true for massage. The most effective and deepest massage works with the body's natural responses, not against them. Working in the area of an injury or chronic pain may at first cause discomfort, which usually lessens in the first few minutes. As your therapist, I know ways to minimize pain, and will work carefully within what feels right to you.
Back What is a massage therapist?
Massage therapists have completed many hours of education which includes a variety of various bodyworks techniques, extensive anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of when massage is and is not appropriate. A growing number of states license massage therapists. Do not hesitate to ask your therapist to explain his or her unique combination of specialized training.
Back How long is a session?
An hour is a common session length. This gives time for a deeply relaxing full body massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area, for example: back, neck and shoulders. An hour can be an excellent introduction to bodywork, with plenty of time for a specific area such as back, neck and shoulders or legs and feet. An hour and a half is usually enough time to address the whole body with special attention to a problem area.
Back What should I expect afterwards?
Massage and bodywork can be profoundly relaxing, affecting all your body's systems. Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days. Sometimes you may not feel dramatic results right away. Watch for changes over the following days, such as pain relief, increased mobility, or reduced stress.