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MASSAGE MODALITIES

TYPES OF MASSAGE

& BODYWORK

SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish massage is the most regular of massage modalities. It incorporates a lot of long, gliding strokes, some gentle muscle kneading, and usually a medium pressure. It is generally more relaxing that deep tissue massage as it works the superficial muscles and soft tissue. Your therapist will focus on any specific areas of tension, while loosening up the entire body to allow complete stress relief. For those inexperienced in massage therapy, Swedish massage would be an excellent choice.

 

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep tissue massage can vary from slightly more pressure than a Swedish massage to a very deep, intense pressure. Clients who prefer deep tissue are usually somewhat athletic or work out regularly. Men request deep tissue more frequently than women, but there are many women who prefer the deeper pressure. Chronic pain or muscle tension can be best addressed with this modality. Please note that deep doesn’t have to mean painful. Each massage is customized to your comfort level and the work should never hurt.

 

HOT STONES MASSAGE

Stones massage uses heated or chilled, basalt lava massage stones, with traditional Swedish massage techniques to relieve muscular tension and melt away stress. It is a popular spa therapy. The stones are sanitized and heated in 120 and 150 degree water or cooled in ice water before the massage. The therapist places them on areas of the body to open meridians, loosen muscles and increase circulation.They are usually left on you for about 20 minutes before the massage starts. Loosening the muscles with heat first makes it easier for the therapist to work deep muscle tissue. The therapist then uses the stones to massage you. The stones are never rough and with a bit of oil glide nicely across the skin. Sometimes cool stones are used to treat muscle injuries. This form of massage helps to sedate the nervous system, detoxify the body, increase lymph flow, and causes you to relax more deeply.

 

COUPLES MASSAGE

Enjoy the massage modality of your choice with a special someone. Two therapists, two tables, and the two of you make up the recipe for a deeply relaxing treatment to make any special day perfect. Romantic partners aren’t the only ones who enjoy couples sessions; We frequently work with mothers and daughters, sisters or friends looking to share a great escape.

 

SPORTS MASSAGE

Sports Massage is massage that incorporates more stretching and / or deeper work for athletes or people who are physically active. Heat or ice therapies may be incorporated to reduce inflammation and decrease healing time of an injury. Focused stretches will improve flexibility and prevent injury. Your therapist will give you specific take-home stretches to address your individual needs.

 

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology involves manipulation of specific areas of the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to others of the body. Sometimes referred to as zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. Similar to accupressure principles, reflexology works with the body's energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. It is especially useful in stress-related illness and emotional disorders. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate.

 

PRENATAL MASSAGE

Prenatal massage can be one of the biggest reliefs an expecting mother can experience. A woman lies on her side with a pillow under her head and hugging a body pillow. A special focus on low back and gluteus muscles can ease discomfort brought on by a growing belly. Many pregnant women still experience neck and shoulder tension that can safely be addressed by massage therapy. And, of course, we never skip the feet! Any areas of the body may be included or excluded to your preference. Your therapist is fully certified to know the areas and techniques to avoid in pregnancy, and you may ask as many questions as you need to feel 100% comfortable.

 

TRIGGER-POINT THERAPY

Trigger Point Massage Therapy is an advanced modality that aims to eliminate trigger points in the body. Trigger Points are points of pain and spasm in the muscle often referred to as "knots". Trigger Points form via athletic activity, stress, injury, and repetitive strain. Trigger Points get their name because they often trigger a referral sensation of pain, numbness, or tingling in other parts of the body. This is considered a trigger point pain pattern and it points the Massage Therapist performing the massage in the right direction of the cause or effect of the active trigger point.

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

Aromatherapy is the addition of one or more scented plant oils to address specific needs. This unique use of fragrance can be a pleasant to nearly all massage experiences.Technique: Select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc.Goal: Aromatherapy is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.To learn more about the benefits of Aromatherapy, do some internet research on both aromatherapy and essential oils.

 
 

FACESSAGE

Enjoy the massage modality of your choice for an hour before you enjoy the benefits of a rejuvenating facial. Two services, two hours, two big values rolled into one great session. Pair any 60-minute Celebrity Massage with any Celebrity Facial from our menu and get more out of your next visit.

 

FOUR-HAND MASSAGE

Our famous signature massage combining two therapists with customized pressure. Two therapists and four hands touch your body with choreographed, rhythmic movements that induce deep relaxation. Therapists perform a full-body massage, reflexology and hypnotic scalp massage to create a sense of calm and well-being. Organic aromatic oil soothes the senses and nourishes the skin. Emerge renewed and serene.

 

BAMBOO MASSAGE

Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deep-tissue work. (The Japanese name for bamboo is take, while the Chinese call it chu. It is from this word that the cho sticks, used by some bamboo massage practitioners, take their name.) Some practitioners combine elements of shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine (where bamboo cups or the ends of the stalks are used in specific ways), Thai massage, lymphatic drainage, and even ayurveda into the technique, and sticks are sometimes heated or essential oils are incorporated into the massage. The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. An added benefit for the practitioner is that using the bamboo sticks helps to reduce stress and strain on hands and fingers while still allowing for deeply penetrating maneuvers.