All massages are customized to fit each client’s needs. There are no extra charges for different modalities. You can book your appointment online.
Deep Tissue Massage
Despite the name, deep tissue massage does not necessarily mean “deep in the tissue.” More aptly described, this work is comprised of a set of techniques designed to provide specific focus on problem areas. Deep tissue massage can be an extremely effective way to address issues including nagging discomfort, persistent aches and pains, and chronic muscle tightness. Deep tissue massage also is often used to aid and accelerate injury recovery and rehabilitation. Your deep tissue session may incorporate other modalities and techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and stretching, as appropriate. With the consent of the client and as appropriate, hydrotherapy (warm or cool applications) and/or liniments may also be used.
Some clients would benefit tremendously from focused massage, but worry that deep tissue work will be painful, while others jump at the opportunity to have a therapist “dig in” to their problem areas. Rest assured that your therapist will work with you to create a session that addresses both your individual needs and comfort level.
Swedish (Relaxation) Massage
Sometimes referred to as “spa” massage, Swedish massage is comprised of a set of techniques designed to promote overall relaxation and wellness. Though it sometimes is thought of as a more ethereal experience, Swedish massage addresses both the physical body and the body-mind connection, helping the nervous system transition from the sympathetic state (hyper-aroused, fight-or-flight state), which in the long term can be detrimental to physical and mental health, to the parasympathetic (relaxation) state, where healing, digestion, and other important processes take place. The nervous system must achieve a balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic states (much like the concept of yin and yang) to maintain or achieve good health over the long term.
Swedish massage is a great modality if you’re looking for overall relaxation, if you have some generally held stress or tension and your body needs some support and encouragement to release it, if you just want to treat yourself, or all of the above. A common myth about Swedish massage is that it utilizes only very light pressure or touch from the therapist. Some clients don’t want to try Swedish massage because they fear it “won’t be satisfying.” Just as not all deep tissue work is literally “deep,” Swedish work can be done with either lighter or more significant pressure. With the consent of the client, aromatherapy may also be used. As with any other modality, your therapist will work with you to create a session that appropriately addresses your needs and comfort level.
Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage prior to and after exercise may enhance performance, aid recovery, and prevent injury.Your sports massage may include a combination of modalities including Swedish and deep tissue, as well as incorporate complementary work such as myofascial release and stretching, as appropriate. With the consent of the client and if appropriate, hydrotherapy (warm or cool applications) and/or liniments may also be used. As a certified personal trainer, Kelly may also be able to recommend and demonstrate stretches and/or exercises to aid your recovery and/or performance.
Craniosacral treatments are easy and comfortable both for clients and therapists. The client is fully dressed while on the treatment table. The therapist practices gentle holds throughout the session, generally at locations from feet to cranium. The therapist assesses the health of the system and works, through these hand positions, to help the body reestablish and work with the resources that enhance its health. Craniosacral treatments may be of benefit to clients with migraines, TMJ, stress, and related tension issues.
Craniosacral therapy dates back to Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, regarded as the father of osteopathy. Building on his foundational work, the physicians he trained and whom they trained for more than the last century and a half have expanded our understanding of the relationships between cranial bones, sacrum, spine, organs, and the cranial fluid that innervates them. Osteopathy in the cranial field is a specific medical process performed only by doctors of osteopathy. Craniosacral therapy has evolved as a supportive therapy assessible to practitioners of hands-on bodywork.
Craniosacral therapy creates space. No matter what the trauma—physical, mental or spiritual—CST as a modality enables the client to hold more space in himself or herself and thus to more deeply relax (this alone has a huge impact on the body). CST enables the therapist to assist clients at multiple levels of their anatomy—at the bony, membranous, and energetic levels, for example, wherever trauma is held. Using craniosacral therapy as a tool, the practitioner engages with the many ways in which clients’ life activities and stress responses impact their physical forms.
It is important to note that, in this modality, the therapist works with the health of the client rather than focusing on alleviating the client’s ailments. In so doing, the client to appreciate the efficiency and predominance of his or her health, while the therapist, by engaging and supporting the body’s own life force, helps the client to achieve a higher functional level of health.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat various types of somatic dysfunction, along with related pain and restricted range of motion. Fascia is a form of connective tissue that provides support and protection for structures throughout the body, including muscles (muscular fascia is called, “myofascia”). Fascial “wrappers” can become restrictive, hindering optimal function of the structures to which they relate. Fascial release focuses on freeing these restrictions, thereby improving the health and functionality of muscles, organs, and other structures. Appropriately applied, fascial work is typically quite gentle and, while its benefits are extensive for a variety of people and issues, it can be especially helpful for those with chronic pain. It is a modality commonly employed by health professionals including osteopaths, physical therapists, and chiropractors, as well as specially trained manual therapists. Fascial work can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other modalities, such as Swedish or deep tissue massage.
Note: 24 hour cancellation notice policy applies to all appointments. A full session’s fee will be charged for any missed or last minute cancellations.