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Swedish massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. Pressure can range from gentle to firm. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as gliding, rolling, kneading, compression, and percussion. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, improved circulation, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility. If this is your first massage ever, I usually recommend a 60-minute Swedish massage. Your body will appreciate this introduction to touch therapies and understanding your areas of tension can help guide you on your path to wellness.
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 the therapist works within your therapeutic comfort zone. Keep in mind that soreness may occur after the treatment. Some find that staying hydrated assists with the flushing and removal of toxins that may have be released from the deep tissue during the therapeutic session.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" can build up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques to release your trigger points. This process may feel uncomfortable at times (but pain should never be greater than 8 out of 10), yet the effects can be lasting and profoundly transformative. Many clients are eager to learn self-care of their trigger points so they can continue to enjoy their physical activities.
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.
Pregnancy massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. 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, massage during pregnancy helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.
Geriatric massage is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and also increase range of motion. This gentle massage can help you maintain and improve your overall health, as well as regain certain physical functions that have been reduced due to aging. In addition, since the elderly don't typically receive enough physical touch, this massage may help alleviate symptoms of loneliness or depression.
Movement education uses a custom-tailored approach to improve your body awareness and movement skills. Proper posture and self-care techniques are explored so you are able to ergonomically adapt to your activities-of-daily-living environment. Combining problem-solving, guided-discovery, and exploratory methods, this practice inevitably leads to a stronger connection between the mind and body, creating a more natural and graceful experience of movement and interaction with other people.
Claire Marie Miller says, “Bring the feet to life and the body will follow.” Reflexology is based on the premise that there are reflexes in our hands, feet, and ears that relate to every organ and part of our body. By stimulating these reflexes with pressure, manipulation, and gentle circular strokes, nerve function and blood supply may be improved, which may alleviate stress and health issues. Claire Marie Miller’s 30+ years of reflexology study has resulted in Integrative Reflexology, based on four theories -- structural alignment theory, zone therapy (based on Eunice Ingham), meridian theory, and proprioceptor theory. For more information, see her website at http://www.clairemariemiller.com/integrative-reflexology.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Energy work is based on the belief that everyone has a "life force," and that the body needs to sustain its balance for optimum health. Anytime you experience emotional or physical illness, it indicates that your life force has simply become unbalanced. I work directly with your energy field to restore balance and flow to your entire system. And once your energy field has been restored to full health, your body will follow.
Clinical Aromatherapy Consult
Clinical aromatherapists use therapeutic grade essential oils (EOs). “Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process” (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy [NAHA] definition).
CAUTION: If swallowed or accidentally gets in eye, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. Keep away from children!
Important: Never ingest any essential oil. Essential oils are potent and potentially toxic. Essential oils may cause skin irritation according to safety data sheets (SDSs). No governing body regulates the practice of aromatherapy in the United States. Please check with your certified clinical aromatherapist for specific contraindications.
Disclaimer: No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any essential oil product. No essential oil product has been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No essential oil product is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Please consult appropriate health care professionals about your health and all supplements you take.