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Introduction to Massage:

Massage therapy is the application of pressure to the muscles and soft tissues of the body for relaxation and health. It addresses a variety of conditions such as stress-related illness, sleep disorders, pain, headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, post-operative swelling, and depression. If you want to know what to expect, here's a look at the massages we offer...


Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force (sometimes known as qi or chi) to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle, but firm pressure of hands and feet.

More than five thousand years ago, the Chinese discovered that pressing certain points on the body relieved pain where it occurred and also benefited other parts of the body more remote from the pain and the pressure point. Gradually, they found other locations that not only alleviated pain, but also influenced the functioning of certain internal organs. (Definition, in part, from the book Acupressure’s Potent Points, by Michael Reed Gach, director of the Acupressure Institute, Bantam, 1990.)

Body Restructuring

Body restructuring is a comprehensive massage that begins at the feet and progressively moves up the body in sections. Individual muscles are separated and stretched, moving from superficial to deep muscles. Each session builds upon the session before as the therapist and client work their way up the body. There are about 10-15 sessions in total, depending on the person.

Due to our repetitive movements muscles get stuck together, restricting the way the body is allowed to move. This usually doesn’t become evident until there is pain or discomfort associated with these restrictions. By that point, the interstitial tissue surrounding each of our muscles needs to be manually broken up through deep tissue massage. By breaking up these “walls” of interstitial tissue that restrict our muscles, the body is allowed to realign it self naturally.

In this process it is important to begin at the base, or feet, and work up. As in any structure, when designing for balance, the base is always the best starting point. If your base is solid and properly aligned, the rest of the body will adjust to that, allowing new alignment possible.

The time in between the sessions is just as important as the time spent in the sessions. In between the sessions, the client is responsible for monitoring their movements and stretching to create more flexibility and greater range of motion as their body adjusts to the new freedom of movement. Stretching and communication between therapist and client cannot be over-emphasized throughout this process. Please note; that if stretching and corrective movement are not utilized during the time between the sessions, the process will take longer and have a much less dramatic effect on the overall body.

This process can have some intense sensations involved, but the pace is always determined by the comfort of the client. To decrease some of the sensations associated with Body Restructuring, the therapist simply moves slower and increases the number of sessions by dividing the working area into smaller sections of the body.

Chair Massage - Groups of 3 people

There will be times--during a strenuous shopping trip, visiting your health food store, or when traveling by air--that you might not be able to manage a full-body massage. Here's your chance to use chair massage, as it's just the thing for relief from long airplane rides or to relax shoulders weighted down by shopping bags or suitcases. This is not the massage chair with the electrical cord Uncle Fred requested for his birthday, but a brief massage by a trained professional with you seated on a padded, ergonomically designed chair.

Chair massage is often delivered in a semiprivate kiosk, fully clothed, without massage oil, and purchased in segments from five minutes to 20 minutes at about $1 a minute. The focus is applying compression (pressure) to the head, shoulders, neck, back, and arms.

Americans didn't invent chair massage--there's Japanese artwork showing seated massage from at least several hundred years ago. But American ingenuity spread the practice, with high-tech companies on the West Coast introducing it to the workplace during the 1980s. It spread rapidly from there and its use has been noted in national surveys on the best places to work.

And here's something to double your fun--use chair massage to introduce your fellow shoppers or travel companions to their first massage. It's a lighthearted way to start someone down the path to wellness.

Cold Therapy: Ice/Cold Stone

Adding ice or cold stone to a massage can help the muscles relax in a new way. Ice is an effective release for muscle spasms and relief of tension. Cold stones can also be used to help relieve headaches.

Contrast Therapy

Add cold stones to a hot stone massage to deepen the effect of the stone treatment. Cold stones are used in conjunction with hot stones to revitalize the muscle tissue. The therapist will alternate the use of hot and cold stones throughout the massage.

Couples Hot Stone Massage

Enjoy a special half hour of relaxation with your loved one. Includes 30 minutes hot stone massage for two people. Provided by our expert massage therapists in our relaxing couples massage room. Can be upgraded to hot stone deep tissue massage for an additional $10 per person. Cannot be booked online, must call or email to schedule as we need to reserve two therapists for this time.

Couples Massage

Enjoy a special hour of relaxation with your loved one. Includes 1 hour massages for two people, your choice of therapy (excluding hot stone therapies and body restructuring). Provided by our expert massage therapists in our relaxing couples massage room. Cannot be booked online, must call or email to schedule as we need to reserve two therapists for this time.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled CranioSacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral rhythm. The practitioner claims to gently work with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Deep Tissue Massage

Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.

Extended Therapeautic Massage

Extended Therapeutic Massage is an hour and a half Deep Tissue Massage that incorporated heat therapy as well as either Facilitated Stretching or Myofascial Release. This extended therapy session is great for addressing more than one area of the body with deep tissue. An example of an extended therapeutic therapy session would be 5 - 10 minutes Facilitated Stretching / Myofascial Release followed by heat on the shoulders while recieving deep tissue massagein the lower back, then heat on the lower back while reciving deep tissue massage on the shoulder/neck area.

Facilitated Stretching

Facilitated stretching is active-assisted stretching, which uses active motion and isometric work to improve flexibility and enhance motor learning in the process. Simplified, the three steps involved in facilitated stretching are these:

  1. The stretcher actively lengthens the muscle to be stretched (target muscle).
  2. The stretcher isometrically contracts the target muscle for 6 seconds.
  3. The stretcher actively stretches the target muscle to a new range of motion.

For example, to stretch the hamstrings, the stretcher begins by contracting the quadriceps and psoas (hip flexors) to actively move his leg to the starting position, without assistance. He then isometrically contracts his hamstrings for 6 seconds as the partner provides resistance. Finally, by contracting the hip flexors again to lift the leg higher, the stretcher actively stretches the hamstrings to a new length.

Geriatric Massage

You can do a favor to the aging members of your family by knowing two of the biggest reasons first-timers generally try massage: a medical professional recommends it, or they receive a gift certificate. If you want your loved ones to benefit from massage when they are older, there's no time like the present to acquaint them with the joys of professional massage therapy.

Down the road, as some greater infirmities like arthritis and dementia present themselves, the way will have been paved for massage to be a soothing resource. When the time comes, massage has its place in hospice care for both patients and stressed-out families. Give the gift of massage now and watch the dividends pay off for your whole family when it counts the most.


Add heat to the beginning of any therapy.

Headache Release Therapy

We have created a new option specifically for helping relieve headaches. This therapy uses a blend of trigger point work, myofascial release, deep tissue, and swedish work to relieve the pressure in sinuses and muscle tension in jaw. face, neck, and scalp that is typically associated with headaches and migraines. The next time you have a headache, why not schedule a 30 minute headache release session and get on with you day in a pain free way.

Hot Stone Therapy

This modality is truly a hot topic. It's listed far and wide on spa and practitioner websites. You may have seen pictures of massage clients with smooth, black stones resting on their bare spines. These stones are warmed and then placed on the body, as well as used as an extension of the therapist's hands throughout the massage. The placement of the stones can be aligned with chakras, meridians, and zones according to the energy system your practitioner follows.

Stone work can easily be blended with other kinds of massage and can be a powerful healing and grounding force. It's touted as an effective remedy to stress, anxiety, and overactivity. Your therapist may refer to improvements in your flow of earth element or to the function of your root chakra. Clients have noted pain relief as one of the benefits.

It may seem that supplies for this technique are free and plentiful, but in actual practice, there's a lot to choosing the right stones. Your therapist will look at the stone's exfoliating quality, weight, color, and porosity. That's one reason mechanically polished stones are not recommended, mechanical polishing seals up the stone's surface. It's preferable that your therapist gets them from nature where they've been polished to perfection by streams and the ocean.

Hot Stone Deep Tissue

Uses same basalt hot stones as hot stone therapy, but instead of the gentle gliding of the stones over the surface of the skin (as in Hot Shone Therapy), the stones are used to carve in between the muscles and get deeper into the tissues. This is an excellent introduction to any deep tissue work because the hot stones helps melt through muscle tension.

Lymph Drainage Therapy

Your lymphatic system is your body’s filter. It is made up of vessels, nodes and lymph, the life-giving fluid that bathes your cells. Lymphatic vessels collect fluid from all over the body and bring it to the lymph nodes, where it is purified. In the nodes, your immune cells destroy damaged cells, bacteria and viruses. Ultimately, the cleaned lymph fluid enters back into your blood circulation.

Healthy lymph circulation is critical to the body’s ability to detoxify itself, regenerate tissues and maintain a healthy immune system. However, that process can be hindered by stress, fatigue or trauma to the tissues in the form of illness, injury or surgery.

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a delicate form of hands-on evaluation and treatment that stimulates the body’s natural lymphatic circulation. Developed by French physician Bruno Chikly, LDT has its roots in manual lymph drainage techniques that originated in Europe in the 1930’s. Increasingly popular in this country, LDT is among the most commonly used physical therapy modalities in Europe today.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia. Practitioners of myofascial release employ long stretching strokes meant to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve painand release muscular tension. Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique that is utilized to help relieve pain and tension that is due to injury, posture, inflammation, or stress. It involves releasing and unwinding the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds each muscle and interconnects all of the other internal parts of the body. This tissue layer, which connects every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, and organ in our bodies, can store memories of physical trauma. Releasing these restrictions allows us to discharge recurring emotional as well as physical pain. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. A combination of dehydration and the elements of life such as the repetitive movement causes fascia and muscle to bind together, which inhibits the muscle’s ability to move efficiently. Pressure needs to be applied to these adhesions to help break it up and release it, which is what myofascial release is all about. Sessions tend to be lighter pressurebutcan include craniosacral work, stretching techniques, trigger point work, and deep touch.

Paraffin Dip

A treatment for the symptoms of joint and muscle conditions, such as arthritis, that consists of melted mineral wax derived from petroleum applied to a body area. Paraffin dips can be especially helpful in relieving the pain and stiffness of arthritis involving the small joints of the hands when used as a small bath. The hands are repeatedly dipped into the melted, warm wax and the wax allowed to cool and harden around the sore joints. The paraffin is then removed by peeling off and can be re-melted in the bath for repeated use.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage improves a womans overall health and has been shown to improve labor outcomes for both mother and child. Prenatal massage helps a pregnantwomen to relax tense muscles and reduce stress and anxiety associated with labor. It also works to relieve pain. The expanding womb puts a lot stress on the shoulders, abdominal area and back musclesof the mother, and lower back pain is very common during pregnancy. A prenatal massage therapist can apply pressure to specific sore spots to relieve tension and pain. However, certain pressure points should be avoided, such as the wrists and ankles, because they might stimulate pelvic and uterus muscles and lead to premature labor.

Reduced blood circulation and increased blood pressure during pregnancymight cause swelling of joints. Prenatal massage helps to improve circulation and addresses nerves inflamed by the pressure of the uterus. The massage helps to relieve sciatic nerve pain experienced by pregnant women. Research also shows that prenatal massage lowers stress hormones, which are major causes of pregnancy complications.

When you lie on your back, the weight of the pregnant uterus slows the return of blood to your heart, which reduces blood flow to the fetus. That means the baby is getting less oxygen and fewer nutrients. Since we are concerned with not just mother, but developing child as well, pregnancy massage is performed in a side lying position using pillows to prop up the head, arms, and between the knees after the second trimester.


Reflexology is a popular and ancient form of bodywork that flows from a Chinese tradition and works with the incredible system of nerves and energy meridians rooted in our feet, hands, and ears. Ancient practitioners of foot massage came across tender spots on feet and noticed specific health conditions improved after massage. That allowed them to map foot sensitivities with corresponding body parts. So if your reflexologist comes to a tender spot on one of these extremities, pay heed to the organ or system to which it may be connected.

Reflexology is a smart way to work with health concerns not ordinarily reachable through regular massage, such as problems in organs or internal systems. This also goes for areas too damaged or painful to benefit from direct touch. Reflexology addresses a modern problem as well. Our feet are cooped up in shoes all day and walk mainly on hard, flat surfaces. This means the opportunities for feet to send signals to the brain about temperature, texture, and surface variations are lost. Some reflexology practices have addressed this with mini-obstacle courses that might include walking over a variety of surfaces, such as cobblestone paths. Don't worry--there are no hot coals involved.


Developed in Japan, shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing. With the client reclining, the practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow, or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians. The treatment brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. The benefits of this treatment may include pain relief and a strengthening of the body’s resistance to disease and disorder.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury

treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage was developed by a physiologist at the University of Stockholm in 1812.One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, using light to medium pressure, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.

Deep Swedish Massage

Enjoy all the benefits of Swedish with more pressure.

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