Definition of Services

Swedish / Relaxation Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that it is pretty common after the treatment, pain is often replaced by soreness for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for the mother to be. This is not a replacement for medical care, but is an adjunct to aid in the recovery of the mother.

Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. After giving birth massage will assist in the restoration of the body to its normal condition. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, as well as improved breathing and relaxation.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.

Cupping

Cupping is a practice used in traditional medicine in several parts of the world, including China and the Middle East. It involves creating suction on the skin using a glass, ceramic, bamboo, or plastic cup. Negative pressure is created in the cup either by applying a flame to the cup to remove oxygen before placing it on the skin or by attaching a suction device to the cup after it is placed on the skin. The technique we use of "Dry cupping” does not involve piercing the skin. 

 

Guasha

Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechia called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis (superficial fascia).  This invigorating treatment is usually performed on the neck, shoulders and upper back.  

Raising sha removes blood stagnation (stuck blood) considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechia produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days. Following a single Gua sha treatment the immediate relief that individuals feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, is what makes Gua sha a very beneficial treatment to add to your massage treatment. It works by moving stuck blood through the blood vessels. Relief can be immediate, marks fade within 2-5 days.

1. extravasation (ek-STRA-vuh-SAY-shun) The leakage of blood, lymph, or other fluid, such as an anticancer drug, from a blood vessel or tube into the tissue around it. It is also used to describe the movement of cells out of a blood vessel into tissue during inflammation or metastasis (the spread of cancer).

2. Petechia (/pəˈtēkēə/) light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots