Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense.
Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity, especially strenuous muscle tension builds up in the body's soft tissues. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger points are localized spasms within a muscle fiber. These trigger points may cause local pain or pain in a different, distant area of the body (known as referred pain). During this massage, your therapist will find and apply pressure to trigger points in order to calm the spasm. The result: less pain and greater range of motion.
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Marble stones are cooled and applied to the body strategically or used as extensions of the therapists hands. Marble stones take away heat from the body to allow ceasing of inflammation, increased metabolism, and healing of overworked muscle. Be sure to inform your therapist if the stones are too cold for your comfort.
Deep Heat Therapy
Clay filled packs are heated to 165 F, wrapped in cloth and strategically placed on the body. The purpose of the heat is to allow the underlying muscle to relax and allow the therapist deeper penetration into the muscle belly. This therapy is not for everyone including those with increased blood pressure and circulation problems, be sure to communicate any concerns with your therapist.
Fire & Ice
Hot and cold stones incorporated with massage. The hot stones expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation. The cold stones cause the blood vessels to constrict, stimulating the nervous system and drawing blood and waste products though the system and out of the body. Cold stones can also be very beneficial in the treatment of inflammation and muscular injury.
Basalt stones are water heated and applied to the body strategically or used as extensions of the hand. The purpose is to allow further depth into the muscle by the way of heat therapy, which allows the overlaying muscle to relax allowing the therapist entry to the muscle belly. While the therapist always tests the stones before applying to the body, be sure to inform your therapist if the temperature is too hot.
Hot Towel Treatment
During this treatment, moist hot towels are used to prepare the body for the massage by relaxing muscles, increasing blood circulation, and soothing the nerves. While hot towels are prepping the area to be massaged, the therapist will use compression strokes to begin melting tension from the muscles. Hot towels are also a great option for clients who would like a milder level of heat than provided by our deep heat treatment.
Gently rubbing the skin in circular motions with a salt scrub removes dead skin cells in a process known as exfoliation. Dead skin cells harden with age. The abrasive action associated with salt scrubs invigorates the skin and helps to improve circulation. Improved circulation gives skin a natural glow. Scrubbing with salt also helps to remove bacteria from the skin and unclog pores. Salt has antiseptic qualities, and when applied to the skin it may help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation along with any itching and pain associated with bacterial-related skin disease.
Functional taping is a therapy that's used to raise the skin to help blood flow more easily to the damaged areas to help with healing. Taping can help blood flow to the injured areas and promote muscle stability during the healing process.