Swedish massage is the most common and most popular type of massage therapy. Based on Western concepts, Swedish massage works on the anatomy and physiology of the body, whereas Asian Massage works on meridians and Sen lines.
If you’ve never had a massage before or prefer a gentle, more relaxing massage then a Swedish massage is the best choice for you. Swedish massage is great for children as well.
Swedish massage therapy involves mild, moderate or deeper strokes on the back, arms, legs, neck and other body parts to target tissues and muscles for maximum pain relief, stress release and relaxation.
Swedish massage helps promote healing while targeting pain, injuries, stress and stiffness by using gliding, kneading, tapping, friction and light shaking movements—designed to ease pain and promote relaxation.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage therapy is an ancient treatment method that adds heat to your massage. Water-heated, smooth stones are placed on your body on strategic points—with or without pressure—for the ultimate in relaxation and pain relief.
Hot stone massage will help relieve tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation. The hot stone therapy promotes healing by targeting the deeper layers of muscle through the use of heated stones. Combined with regular massage, this treatment delivers a wealth of benefits, including:
~ Relief from chronic pain
~ Reduced tension and stress
~ Improved joint mobility and flexibility
~ Relief from muscle pain
~ Improved circulation
Whether you want to help ease your chronic muscle tension or just completely relax, our hot stone massage is for you.
Craniosacral massage/therapy is a non-invasive form of bodywork that concentrates on the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas, which in turn alleviates stress and pain.
Craniosacral massage seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries. As well it can provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain. As with all our treatments, a craniosacral massage is gentle and very relaxing.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic drainage is a form of massage therapy that stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle massaging strokes. This light rhythmical massage encourages the lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria from the body.
The benefits include:
~ Clearing areas of congestion such as swollen ankles, swollen legs and puffy eyes
~ Promotes scar tissue healing & healing of torn ligaments and sprains.
~ Post-operative healing
~ Swelling relief following plastic surgery
~ Treatment of lymphedema and other conditions arising from venous insufficiency
~ Improves chronic conditions such as sinusitis, arthritis, acne and other skin conditions
~ Promotes deep relaxation
Essential Oils/Aromatherapy can be added to any massage treatment we provide.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Although the word implies the oils are only inhaled, they can also be massaged into the skin. Whether inhaled or applied to the skin, essential oils are used as an alternative treatment for infections, stress and other health problems.
Aromatherapy uses the unique qualities of different essential oils in order to help relax the mind, body, and soul during a massage session. There is nothing contrived or artificial about aromatherapy; everything used in the process comes from a natural source, and the rejuvenating effects of aromatherapy are powerful.
The benefits of adding aromatherapy to your massage are many…
~ Relief of menstrual cramps
~ Stimulation of the Immune System
~ Decrease in sinus congestion
~ Relief of tension headaches
~ Improved energy
~ Relaxation of muscles
~ Reduction of inflammation
~ Improved sleep
~ Improved blood circulation
INTERESTING FACT: Studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and headaches require fewer pain medications when they use aromatherapy. Be advised aromatherapy should never replace conventional treatment.
Reflexology is a natural healing art using a pressure technique that is focussed on the feet or hands. Based on the principle that areas located on your feet correspond to other areas within your body, applying pressure to the feet will affect the corresponding area within your body. Massaging and applying pressure to the feet will also stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to relax and promote healing.
The benefits of Reflexology include:
~ Relaxation with the removal of stress
~ Enhanced circulation
~ Assists the body to normalize metabolisms naturally
~ Complements other healing modalities
INTERESTING FACT: Reflexology has been found to relieve pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cancer treatment. Please note reflexology should not replace conventional treatments such as chemotherapy & radiation. Pregnant women may find that reflexology relieves pressure on their legs and feet.
Reiki has its roots in Japan and is a spiritual healing art. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) that means “Universal Life” and (Ki) meaning “Energy”. Reiki is not massage. It is a subtle form of energy work that is effective in using spiritually guided life force energy. Reiki practitioners administer a ‘laying of hands’ to help improve the flow of energy.
Practitioners of Reiki believe that we all have the ability to connect with our own healing energy and can use it to strengthen energy in ourselves. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When our energy becomes weak or is blocked it may lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
Reiki sessions can ease tension and stress and help support the body to facilitate healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing.