Massage Modalities

Therapeutic Massage
Full body relaxation stress-reduction and soothing massage with organic hand-made herbally infused massage oils including either lavendar, arnica, calendula in an olive-oil, jojoba, almond oil, grapeseed base. Therapeutic massage refers to the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels, to achieve a beneficial response to aid the process of injury healing, relieve psychological stress, manage pain, and improve circulation with physiological, mental,and emotional benefits.

Strain-Counter-Strain
Strain-Counter-Strain is a profoundly gentle system of bodywork based in western osteopathic medicine (Dr. L.H. Jones) and also known as “positional release” or “fold and hold” that works by placing the body in a specific position for a brief period of time (90 seconds) allowing the nervous system to rebalance a reflex action. This therapy corrects abnormal neuromuscular reflexes and the corresponding painful, postural or structural symptoms that otherwise may not be treated successfully by standard massage. The practitioner identifies a “tender point” calibrated by the client’s sensitivity in a specific area (over 200 that are shown to improve health and movement) and then re-positions the client’s body for comfort holding for a short period of time while the patient remains passive and their nervous system ‘registers’ the re-alignment. Extremely successful in working with pregnant clients suffering sciatica and other common pregnancy discomforts where pressure is not tolerable.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia and integument, muscles, and bones, with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. Fascia is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures throughout the body. We treat myofascial release using standards for clinical massage involving the manual engagement of fascia with hands or elbows and mindfulness.

Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy, is probably the oldest form of medical treatment dating back Egypt, Greece and Rome. Water based methods in various forms has been prescribed since Hippocates as a cure for health with the use temperature to create specific therapeutic effects or combined with oils and salt scrubs for other benefits. We use hydrotherapy compresses consistently with most therapeutic massage and scented hot-towels. Herbally infused foot-baths and sea-salt body scrubs available by request.

Breathwork
Breathwork activates the most immediate forces for cleansing the body. By bringing awareness of the breath into an area of the body that is segmented, ishemic, stiff, or painful we can rapidly restore natural function and rhythm. Diaphragmatic breath stimulates the parasympathetic system, lungs and heart by gentle movements of the spine and organs. Learn to shift stuck breathing patterns for health and ease. Learn to release emotional blocks and improve wellness.

Relaxation Swedish Massage (Oil)
Full body relaxation stress-reduction and soothing massage with organic hand-made herbally infused massage oils including either lavendar, arnica, calendula in an olive-oil, jojoba, almond oil, grapeseed base. Swedish massage refers to the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels, to achieve a beneficial response to aid the process of injury healing, relieve psychological stress, manage pain, and improve circulation with physiological, mental,and emotional benefits.

Neuromuscular Therapy (Myofacial Release) Deep Tissue (No Oil)
Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia and integument, muscles, and bones, with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. Fascia is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures throughout the body. We treat myofascial release using standards for clinical massage involving the manual engagement of fascia with hands or elbows and mindfulness.

Shiatsu (No Oil)
Shiatsu therapy comes from a long tradition of healing arts in oriental medicine using a combination of pressure and assisted-stretching techniques. Traditonally performed on a floor-mat, the practicioner works with gravity using feet, hands, and elbows to tune-up the energetic system of the body. The treatment stimulates the circulation and flow of lymphatic fluid, releases toxins and deep seated tensions from the muscles, stimulates the hormonal system and the immune system allowing the recipient to relax deeply and to get in touch with own healing power.

Thai Massage (No Oil)
Thai massage originated in Indian Healing arts called Ayurveda and involves yoga-like postures, assisted stretching and deep massage. Working from a floor mat, the practicioner uses firm rhythmic patterns to deliver deep pressure to almost every part of the receiver’s body. The massage follows energy lines on the body where the client assumes various poses to access healing potentials with a full course typically lasting two hours.

Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are palpable muscular nodules and a common symptom of pain that occur from a stress or strain event (“energy crisis”) and limit the range of motion of a muscle band and reduce circulation to the effected area. Trigger points feel like hyperirritable or numb spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger points are commonly senstive to compression eliciting local tenderness, referred pain, or motor dysfunction. We treat trigger-points with a model of care by clinical physiologist Craig Landry involving the gentle manual application of point-pressure using thumb or a special tool. Relieving trigger points can improve range of motion, circulation, and reduce pain.

Reiki Energy Healing
Reiki healing comes from a Japanese or ‘ki’ energetic form of healing that uses the ancient chakra system of self-development. The Reiki practitioner uses healing intention and placement of hands to work with the chakra system and improve energy flow in the body to assist in healing and personal growth. The intelligence of life-energy returns awareness, balance and natural ease to the body.

Aromatherapy
We use organic, locally grown herbal infusions and essential oils from Heron’s Nest Herb Farm by our midwife Melanie Van Aken (www.heronsnestherbfarm.com). These oils, saves, infusions, and sprays are created with wonderful healing intention Aromatherapy is a healing technique that uses our powerful sense of smell to help boost moods, relieve stress and encourage better health. Various fragrant substances are used during aromatherapy sessions and each produces a different result. For example, peppermint and eucalyptus scents are often used to help stimulate the body. Lavender and chamomile can help a person relax. Lemon and rosemary are effective at revitalizing a tired body. The body can distinguish around 10,000 different scents! As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the Limbic System and when stimulated it releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other ‘feel-good’ chemicals. We use aromatherapy in various forms in almost every massage depending on personal request.

Breathwork Re-education
Breathwork or breath awareness training (“pranayama”) has yogic origins and activates the body for movement as breathing is the template pattern for all developmental movement. By bringing awareness of the breath into an area of the body that is segmented, ishemic, stiff, or painful we can rapidly restore natural function and rhythm. Starting with diaphragmatic breath training we stimulate parasympathetic system, lungs, heart, with gentle movements of the spine and organ massage to improve circulation and hormone balancing. Guiding the client in breath training and inviting their participation in the massage experience through breathwork recruits a higher order of healing potential. Our Breath Re-education includes the use of warm sand-bags or buckwheat pillows to relax and heighten awareness of the breath and deepen relaxation. This training is a foundation in treatment of pychosomatic illness from the stress of suppressed emotion or emotion appearing as pain.