For those who enjoy a relaxing massage that will erase the stress of the day, a visit with our licensed massage therapist is the perfect remedy. Not only does massage provide our clients with improved circulation, an enhanced sense of well being, and an improved mood, it is also proven to improve sleep, increase energy and, of course reduce your level of stress! For some, stress isn’t the primary issue.
Maybe you suffer from Fibromyalgia, anxiety, asthma, or a digestive disorder. Many people with these and other physical ailments have been helped by massage therapy as well. If you are interested in a monthly membership, we offer our clients the opportunity to have a Wellness Massage Membership (provide a link to Massage Wellness Membership info. This membership allows you to come in for a 25 minute or 55 minute massage each month to pamper your body and give it the love it deserves.
Trigger Point Therapy: The part of a muscle fiber that actually does the contracting is a microscopic unit called a sarcomere. A trigger point exists when over stimulated sarcomeres are chemically prevented from releasing from their interlocked state. Normally, when a muscle is working, its sarcomeres act like tiny pumps, contracting and relaxing to circulate blood through the capillaries that supply their metabolic needs. When sarcomeres in a trigger point hold their contraction, blood flow essentially stops in the immediate area. The resulting oxygen starvation and accumulation of the waste products of metabolism irritates the trigger point. The trigger point responds to this emergency by sending out pain signals. Manual therapy of the trigger point flushes the tissue and helps the trigger point’s contracted sarcomeres begin to release. In dealing directly with the trigger point, manual therapy is the safest, most natural and most effective form of pain therapy. Trigger point massage utilizes ischemic compression of individual areas of hypersensitivity in muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. These trigger points are defined by their referral of pain to distant locations in muscles, connective tissues and organs. (source www.nctmb.org)
Orthopedic Muscle Work: Combining some elements of sports and medical massage, orthopedic massage integrates ten modalities to treat soft-tissue pain and injury. Emphasis is placed on understanding both the injury and its rehabilitation criteria. Three basic elements adhered to, despite the technical diversity in treatment, are assessment, matching the treatment to the injury, and adaptability of treatment. (source www.massagetherpay.com) Lymphatic Drainage link: Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is unique in that healthcare professionals learn how to palpate the lymphatic flow. As they develop their skills, they can then identify the rhythm, direction, and quality of the lymphatic flow. Advanced practitioners will be able to precisely map the lymphatic flow to find alternate pathways for drainage. Developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, Lymph Drainage Therapy evolved from years of training in traditional medicine, Asian medical practices, and manual therapies. (source www.massagetherapy.com)
MyoFascial Release: The fascial system is one continuous, laminated, connective-tissue sheath that spreads without interruption throughout the entire body in a three-dimensional web. Myofascial release allows therapists to locate and address restrictions in the fascial system that are causing asymmetries, postural malalignment, abnormal tensions, and pressures that can lead to pain and dysfunction. The goal of fascial mobilization is to produce a well-balanced, symmetrical, and mobile body within the skeletal, soft-tissue, and craniosacral systems. (source www.massagetherapy.com)
Active and Passive Stretch: PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) is a type of bodywork that involves a combination of active or passive stretching and isometric contractions to encourage flexibility and coordination throughout the limb’s entire range of motion. Stretching the muscle using combinations of passive, active, active isolation (AIS) release, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching to be effective. The basic premise is simple, just not easy. Shorten the tissue, apply a contact tension and lengthen the tissue, actively or passively to make it slide relative to the adjacent tissue. The therapist develops a “feel” for the tissues and their texture, tension and movement and come to understand and evaluate the movement of each tissue relative to the one next to it. (source www.kneadenergy.com) Soft
Tissue Mobilization: Muscle tension can often decrease once joint motion is restored, but many times the spasm will continue to be present. In such cases, muscle tension should be addressed or the joint dysfunction may return. The goal of soft tissue mobilization (STM) is to break up inelastic or fibrous muscle tissue (called ‘myofascial adhesions’) such as scar tissue from a back injury, move tissue fluids, and relax muscle tension. This procedure is commonly applied to the musculature surrounding the spine, and consists of rhythmic stretching and deep pressure. The therapist will localize the area of greatest tissue restriction through layer-by-layer assessment. Once identified, these restrictions can be mobilized with a wide variety of techniques. These techniques often involve placing a traction force on the tight area with an attempt to restore normal texture to tissue and reduce associated pain.(source: www.spine-health.com) Massage therapy has a myriad of benefits ranging from decreased stress and anxiety, to improved immune function. Furthermore, when received regularly, the benefits include:
- Relief for back and neck pain
- Decreases in headaches
- Diminishing of muscular and joint dysfunction
- Increases in flexibility
- Lessening of stress and anxiety
- Aiding in the recovery of overworked muscles
- Improvements in circulation
- Promoting of tissue regeneration
- Reduction of muscular spasms
- Decreasing fatigue
- Improvements in immune function
- Enhancement of mental clarity
- Fostering peace of mind
All our massage therapists are licensed and certified by massage therapy associations. They are dedicated to helping others understand and experience the benefits massage therapy has to offer. At your session, they will determine your areas of concern and provide you with a unique, high-quality massage, tailored to address your needs.
Many people think of massages as a luxury, a special treat reserved for an anniversary or a birthday. What they don’t realize that massages don’t have to be a yearly event. In fact, your health could actually benefit from improvement with receiving a regular massage. We don’t mean just an occasional neck rub or a pay- per-minute massage chair at a mall, but a massage therapy session given by a highly trained professional. Don’t assume that you can’t afford to get a monthly massage. Our Wellness Massage Membership is very affordable and flexible. For only $35 per calendar month you can get a 25-minute massage or upgrade to 55-minutes massage for an additional $30. You can prepay for an entire year or set up a monthly payment plan. If you do decide to purchase in advance, you have access to all massages purchased, so you can have two in the same week if you want! You can also purchase an additional massage of the same duration or extend your massage an extra 30 minutes for only $30. If you are unable to use your massage for any reason, you can accumulate up to a maximum of 12, so they don’t go to waste! As far as payment goes we make it simple: All we need is a valid credit card on file, which we will bill on the first of every month so you don’t have to worry. It’s also very easy to cancel or freeze your membership too without any additional charge. We just ask that you be a member for at least 45 days and give us 30-day advanced notice before canceling. So what are you waiting for? Join today and enjoy getting massaged while bettering your health.