A Matter of Muscles

Find the Balance, Relieve the Discomfort

A Matter of Technique

Swedish

Swedish is used to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It also stimulates circulation, increases muscle tone, and shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing lactic and uric acids from the muscle tissue along with various other metabolic wastes.

Deep Tissue/ Deep Muscle

Deep tissue is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles and connective tissues known as fascia. It focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and is often recommended to those who suffer consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity or those who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon to have your pain replaced with new muscle aches for a day or two after a deep tissue session.


Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local or referred pain in other parts of the body. Manual pressure is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain.

Sports Therapy

A physical treatment primarily used on the neuromusculoskeletal system to treat pain and disability. It most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation.

Structural Integration

Designed to unwind the strain patterns residing in the body’s myofascial system, it helps to restore the body to its natural balance, alignment, length and ease by deep, slow, fascial and myofascial manipulation, coupled with movement re-education.

Myofascial Release

A manual massage technique used to stretch the fascia and release bonds between fascia, integument and muscles in order to eliminate pain, increase range of motion and equilibrioception. This modality usually involves shear compression or tension in various directions.

Therapeutic Stretching

Stretching is an integral part of muscle health.  Flexibility can go a long way towards preventing injury.  Passive stretching--where you do not activate your muscles to achieve stretch--can help achieve a deeper stretch in the joint than just regular stretching. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing so that you can get the full benefit of having all of your muscles stretched during a 1-hour session.  You can also add a 30-minute or 1-hour stretch session to any massage to maximize effectiveness.  Please be sure to mention any past injury or surgery as these limit natural range of motion.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

A non-invasive form of therapy using a light touch--no more than 5 g of pressure--to help release restrictions and tensions found deep in the soft tissues of the central nervous system.  Restrictions are detected by using light touch to evaluate the rhythm and flow of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord.  Easing these restrictions through the light touch of cranial sacral therapy can help reduce tension in the body and alleviate pain and discomfort.

Reiki

Reiki is a natural healing technique thought to be thousands of years old.  Originating as a Tibetan Buddhist  practice, it is a powerful and gentle modality which promotes natural self-healing, strengthens the immune system, treats symptoms and causes of illness, relieves pain, adapts to the needs of the receiver, enhances personal awareness, relaxes and reduces stress, releases blocked and suppressed feelings, aids meditation and positive thinking and heals holistically.  It is non-invasive, and treatments can be conducted fully clothed or incorporated into any massage session.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The Lymphatic System is responsible for assisting our bodies in defending and protecting against invasion of viruses and bacteria by filtering out disease-causing organisms.  It produces our white blood cells, distributes nutrients and fluids, generates antibodies and removes waste--to name only a few of its functions.  Using slow, rhythmic strokes, Lymphatic Drainage Massage increases lymph flow removing harmful substances from the tissues and neutralizing the lymph nodes which serves to enhance immune function.  Other benefits include reduction in pain through the release of natural endorphins, improved circulation, improved sleep and quality of rest and reduced anxiety.

Reflexology

Based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands whose referral areas correspond to every part, gland and organ in the body, the application of pressure, without use of tools or lotion, to these reflexes relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural functions of the related referral areas of the body.