Aromatherapy is the use oils and hydrosols that are extracted from grasses, leaves, flowers, fruits, bark, wood, bushes, needles, twigs, roots, resins, and shrubs from all over the world and are used for the overall enhancement of our physical and emotional well-being. Modern research has confirmed the therapeutic and medicinal qualities of essential oils as being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-venomous, anti-depressive, anti-neuralgic, stimulant, nervine, digestive, diuretic and more. This ancient art and science is a wonderful compliment to massage, reflexology, and body treatments and can be included with your service at no additional charge. Please let us know in advance if you are sensitive to certain oils or smells. Blends are custom made after consultation and suited to your individual needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage simply refers to massage techniques that are designed to go to the deeper layers of muscle tissue to break up chronic adhesions ( or "knots"), relax muscle tension, relieve pain, and induce relaxation. Some examples of deep tissue massage that your therapist may integrate into your session are NeuroMuscular Therapy™ and Ashiastu Oriental Bar Therapy®.
If you experience chronic pain and tension please don't be discouraged if you still have tension after one deep tissue massage. We may ask you to come back again within a few days or a week so that you can get the full benefit. (It is also a good idea to plan ahead a monthly visit). If you are unable to come back again soon, it is recommended to use a heating pad, take hot bath epson salt bath, or use cold packs at home to lessen tension or pain. Sometimes after a deep tissue massage you may feel some soreness the next day. Please drink plenty of water after your massage to rehydrate your body and lessen the possibility of soreness. Also limit alcohol and caffeine intake, or anything that causes dehydration, and do not sit for long periods (such as in a car or on a plane) right after your massage.
Hot Stone Massage
Smooth, warm or hot stones of various sizes are used to massage and relax muscles following hands-on techniques. They can be used in a soothing, creative, and rhythmic motion for massage and laid on the body as well.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage:
The massage is, on the whole, a very light technique. This is because the practitioner is trying to influence vessels that are situated in the skin layers. The aim of the therapist is to restore equilibrium in the tissues. If the body is not in this state of equilibrium, and there is too much fluid in the tissues, they become soft and 'boggy' to the touch. If excess fluid is present it can interfere with cell nutrition – oxygen and nutrients will take longer to pass through the tissues and get from the bloodstream to the cells through the interstitial fluid. This will also mean that waste products from cell metabolism will take longer to move from cells to the transport system, which will remove them from the body. If the lymphatic system is functioning well, we feel well. There are many reasons for the Lymphatic system to be sluggish and not functioning well, leaving fluid static in the tissues. Pollution, toxins, poor nutrition, mucous formation, overload from previous viral or bacterial infections etc – these are all things that can give rise to cellular stagnation.
Soothe, heal and cleanse the body and mind! The natural healing properties of Dead Sea Mud and selected clays are blended with essential oils which are rich in anti-inflammatory, desensitizing and healing properties. The mud is applied to the body after an exfoliating salt or sugar scrub as part of a body treatment combo or as part of the "Royal Treatment." You may receive foot reflexology and an aromatherapy facial massage while you are wrapped in the masque. The mud is removed with hot, moist towels so you never have to leave the warm table to take a shower! After the treatment you will receive a hydrating massage with the oil or body butter of your choice! The body treatment combo lasts 90 minutes and includes a salt or sugar scrub and rehydrating massage. The "Royal Treatment" lasts 2 and 1/2 hours and includes most services.
Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be addressed as well, including other connective tissue.
Myofascial release is performed by Tuesdey Kay who studied with Holly Pinto at the Body Therapy Center School of Massage. To book a session with either therapist click on either of their names, choose a customized massage and add myofascial release to the the notes.
Neuromuscular Therapy American Version-
Neuromuscular Therapy American Version™ (NMT) has been developed and taught by Judith Delany, LMT since 1984. It is a thorough program of recovery from acute and chronic pain that uses specific protocols of massage therapy, stretching, and home care for treating areas of muscle pain, spasms, and tension. This scientific aproach to muscular pain relief will help to bring balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins--the body's own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities. NMT examines six physiological factors that may create or intensify pain patterns:
1. Ischemia (inadequate blood supply to an area)
2. Trigger Points (a sensitive area of the body, that when stimulted causes pain in the area or has an effect in another area)
3. Nerve Entrapment/Compression
4. Postural Distortions
6. Emotional Wellbeing
Prenatal or pregnancy massage is specifically tailored for a pregnant woman's needs. Extra pillows and cushions are used for comfort and proper positioning. Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the extremities, and relieve muscle and joint aches and pains. The massage can be comforting for mom and baby. One option for prenatal massage that may be offered is with the bodyCushion™ which is a cushioning system that can allow a pregnant woman (or anyone with a large midsection or breasts) to lay with her head in a face cradle and belly and breasts positioned in the cut-out portion of the bodyCushion™. The other option for prental massage is in the traditional side-lying position in which body and wedge pillows can be used for support.
Sports massage is suited for individuals involved in regular physical activity or those beginning a work out regimen. The massage can be modified for pre or post events. I can integrate various techniques into a sports massage such as compressions, deep tissue, stretching, shaking/vibrations, NeuroMuscular Therapy™, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® and Swedish style massage and focus attention on the areas of the body that are aggravated by specific sports or weight lifting/training.
Thai massage is sometimes called yoga for the lazy. It uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. It is also more rigorous than a typical Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage. The difference is rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, and stretched to relieve tension and elongate the muscles.You are usually asked to bring or wear comfortable exercise clothing to the massage. No Jeans Please.
Thai massage on a mat is given my Donna Lamere at Michelle's Massage Therapy.
To book a Thai massage with Donna, click here and select a 60 or 90 minute session.
Trigger Point Therapy/Massage
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Elizabeth Adams performs Trigger point massage therapy. She studied trigger point therapy with Amber Davies in Lexington, KY. To book an appointment with her click here and choose a customized massage and add trigger point to the notes.