This form of therapeutic massage accesses deeper layers of muscle without feeling invasive or painful. Because of this, the release of muscle dysfunction and pain is greater while at the same time feeling luxurious and smooth. It is incredibly relaxing and healing for the body, mind, and spirit.
This therapy is performed on the massage table while the therapist utilizes parallel bars overhead for balance and leverage to apply pressure through bare feet. The client receives anything from moderate to very deep pressure without the pain and discomfort that often comes with the use of a therapist’s thumbs or elbows.
Hot stone massage is a form of Swedish massage therapy in which heated stones are used on large muscle groups for maximum therapeutic benefits. River rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt are typically what is used for hot stone massage therapy. The stones are heated to the temperature of 121-135 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the client’s tolerance. The stones are never left directly on the skin. Rather, they are used as tools in a constant motion on the skin and muscles. It is important that the therapist and client keep open communication during the session, in regards to the heat of the stones, and what is comfortable for the client.
Hot stones are heated in fresh water before use, and are kept in a hot stone caddy. The high iron content in basalt stones helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels, as they are highly relaxing and grounding. The deep heat penetrates muscle bellies, allowing muscle fibers to relax and change shape, which in turn, helps release trigger points. Hot stones require less pressure due to the heat, and therefore, prevent soreness compared to formal trigger point therapy, which can often cause significant tenderness. Hot stones are also easier on the massage therapist’s hands. Always check with your doctor before getting a hot stone massage. Individuals with certain medical conditions must avoid hot stone massage:
Clients with uncontrolled high blood pressure/heart disease
Fibromyalgia or MS flare-ups
Those sensitive to heat
Diabetes–if client has neuropathy
Skin conditions that are irritated by heat
Recent surgeries or acute inflammation
Foot detox baths are a natural way for the body to release toxins. The feet are placed in a warm foot bath with the detox element in the water. Ions are released into the water where they then enter the body through the feet. The ions help to open the cell membranes so that toxins may move out of the cells and water may move in more readily. The treatments not only detox the body, they also help to hydrate and alkalize the system. Detoxing will occur throughout the day following the session. It is recommend to receive massage therapy following the treatment.
This form of massage is focused on relieving acute or chronic pain in the body. The primary intention is to focus on dysfunction such as sports injuries, whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, TMJ syndrome and carpel tunnel syndrome. This type of treatment is performed with a variety of modalities including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, manual lymph drainage, neuromuscular therapy and passive stretching. The goal is to promote the healthy formation of connective tissue, restore range of motion, and support healthy posture. This type of treatment is geared towards reducing compensation patterns and retraining the body to function in a natural state.
After your therapeutic treatments have addressed the major issues causing immediate pain and dysfunction, it is strongly recommended to maintain your health with Swedish massage. Even if you do not have major issues to address, Swedish massage is a great way to stay healthy and reduce daily stress. Stress is known to cause many problems in the body ranging from headaches to sleeping problems. Swedish massage is preventative care for the future. These treatments are not only are therapeutic but also relaxing. They help to increase circulation, reduce anxiety, enhance sleep quality, improve concentration, and reduce fatigue. These treatments include maintenance of injury sites and problem areas. Think of these sessions as health insurance for the future!
Prenatal massage is a form of Swedish massage specifically for Mother- to- be performed by a highly trained prenatal massage therapist. Prenatal massage is light to moderate pressure with long slow strokes, performed in side and semi reclined position as baby/babies grow with each trimester. Deep pressure is contraindicated overall, especially on the legs.
Please note: laying on a table with a belly cut-out or on a pillow system should not be used when the client’s belly is large. Having the weight of a woman’s pregnant belly hanging down in that position is not healthy for her uterine ligaments. It is also often uncomfortable on the breasts. In this situation, sidelying and semi-reclined will be highly recommended.
Prenatal massage helps the new mom-to-be connect with her unborn child, and with herself on a deeper level. This in turn has shown to help reduce anxiety during child birth, and promote more self awareness during the labor process. It is also a great stress reliever, as well as reducing pregnancy induced pain such as: sciatica, restless leg syndrome, low back pain, sore feet, edema (swelling), headaches, improves quality of sleep, and decreases overall tiredness and fatigue
Postpartum massage is massage that is received in the first 2 years after giving birth. Massage can be performed as soon as possible after the birth. It is a form of Swedish Massage.
A woman’s soft tissue remains in postpartum for up to 2 years, especially if she is nursing. This means, her ligaments, tendons and muscle fibers are still suspectable to damage due to the hormone relaxin and oxytocin that is being produced by her body from child birth and breast feeding. A postpartum Mother should not receive deep tissue Swedish or Neuromuscular massage for at least 12 weeks postpartum. Even then, the pressure should not be extremely deep, as it could cause pain and brusing more easily. Also, the new Mother will have much looser joints, and damage to her ligaments and tendons could occur with deep tissue or too much over-stretching. Hence, a new Mother should not ski mogals shortly after birth, as her knees could be easily damaged from the relaxin, which makes her ligaments weaker and more stretched out.