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Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deeper pressure is used to release tension in various layers of muscles and connective tissues involving trigger point release.

It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

Some of the same strokes are used as classic Swedish massage therapy but the movement is typically slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

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Sports Massage

Sports Massage describes the application of massage and related techniques (e.g. stretching) to enhance athletic performance and to ensure the health and well being of the athlete. Sometimes this pertains to the occupational athlete as well (e.g. someone who sits at a computer all day).

Sports Massage assists the athlete's physical and mental recovery from various strenuous physical activities. It can also be rehabilitative in nature whereby a specific debilitating condition is addressed. Lastly, to help preserve optimal health and prevent injury, maintenance massage is used to retain a normal range of motion in and around joints as well as keep the tissues well supplied with blood .

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Myofascial Release

Fascia is multidirectional connective tissue that spreads throughout the body as a three dimensional web from head to foot. Fascia covers muscles, bones, nerves, organs and vessels. Ideally fascia is supple and well hydrated. It allows for easy movement and healthy interchange of nutrients and waste products. It can become rigid, dehydrated and "glued-down" during periods of stress or where there is lack of movement. This scenario often leads to pain, discomfort and possible injury.

Targeting the fascia can return it to its fluid-like nature that can lead to an improved posture, a reduction of chronic pain and an enhancement of pain free movement. The goal is to stimulate overall body awareness, reduce patterns of strain and to help prevent overuse injuries.

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Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. NMT stabilizes low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.

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Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.

Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

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Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage or lymph drainage massage is a technique used to help increase lymph flow. Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function.

Lymphatic massage can be useful in cases of edema (swelling), sports injury or for people experiencing a sluggish immune system or those suffering from a lack of energy.

Lymphatic massage is essentially a “skin technique” whereby the client’s lymphatic system is stimulated by a “stretch and release” movement that is very relaxing and non-invasive.

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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage involves using long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension.

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Acupressure

Acupressure is an Asian form of massage therapy. The goal of acupressure is to balance the flow of chi, or life force energy. The intent is to promote and maintain a sense of harmony, groundedness and well being. The belief is that the life force energy flows through energetic channels called meridians and this energy can become blocked. The resulting energy blockage can cause a lack of energy to one part of the body and an excessive amount of energy to other parts. The purpose of acupressure is to help preserve optimal health by maintaining the balance between excessive and deficient chi.

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Chair Massage

Chair massage is a simple, fun and affordable pick-me-up that feels good and promotes health. In a very short period of time (15-20 minutes), chair massage can relieve mental and physical stress, and leave you feeling both rested and energized.

Specifically, chair massage:
  • Reduces muscle tension and the pain it causes
  • Calms the nervous system and increases circulation, which boosts energy and alertness
  • Provides a complete change of pace so the body and mind can relax and renew energy reserves
Chair massage is received over clothing and no oils are used.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu®

Jin Shin Jyutsu® physio-philosophy is an ancient art of harmonizing the life energy in the body. Jin Shin Jyutsu brings balance to the body's energies, which promotes optimal health and well-being, and facilitates our own profound healing capacity. It is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods, inducing relaxation and reducing the effects of stress.

A Jin Shin Jyutsu session generally lasts about an hour. It does not involve massage or manipulation of muscles. It is a gentle art, practiced by placing the fingertips (over clothing) on designated safety energy locks, to harmonize and restore the energy flow. This facilitates the reduction of tension and stress which accumulate through normal daily living.

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