Massage Training and Certifications

Swedish Massage

Probably the most popular massage modality. Combines several techniques including kneading, rolling, effleurage, petrissage, friction, percussive and tapping strokes to aid in stress reduction, improve circulation and blood flow, remove toxic wastes, tone muscles and more. Many modalities blend well with Swedish massage.

Deep Tissue with Trigger Point Therapy (TPT)

This directed and concentrated deeper pressure affects various layers of fascia (connective tissue) that support muscle tissue and loosens adhesive bands in the fascial web between the layers of muscles. Deep pressure is applied to specific hypersensitive areas (trigger points) stopping the pain-spasm-pain cycle of ischemia which can originate from one strained or torn muscle and spread to other regions of the body. Deep tissue and TPT can be incorporated into other types of bodywork and massage sessions (Swedish, Myofascial.)

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release addresses superficial to deep layers of connective tissue of the body known as fascia. This web of connective tissue surrounds and connects all of the muscles, organs and other skeletal structures. Because of the interconnected nature of these tissue restrictions in one area can eventually spread to other areas of the body, causing postural distortions that can lead to occurrence of chronic pain patterns, this is an excellent modality for body achiness and stiffness felt especially on waking, muscular restrictions or pain, decreased range of motion, and Fibromyalgia conditions. MFR is a treatment by itself and can include multiple sessions or it may be utilized in Swedish or deep tissue as well.

Warm Bamboo Fusion

Bamboo massage incorporates bamboo sticks in different lengths that are custom made from bamboo and rattan. This technique is wonderful for anyone wanting a relaxing and luxurious massage or for anyone who needs deeper tissue work for over worked and injured muscles. It works to balance , calm and energize , physically , emotionally , mentally and spiritually . Bamboo combines techniques of Swedish massage along with the benefits of relaxing and soothing heat. Similar to hot stone massage , the therapist uses the heated bamboo as an extension of the hands to deeply massage the tissue. Bamboo holds the heat longer than stones do and are wrapped in a heating pad to warm them. The warmth melts away the outer layer of muscle, allowing the therapist to penetrate more deeply and without as much pressure. For those who like deep work the bamboo tools allow for deeper pressure than the hands can provide.

Muscle Release Technique

The Muscle Release Technique℠ is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement and breath to get relief from pain. It is also referred to as Repetitive Use Injury Technique™ because it is also used to alleviate pain brought about by repetitive use and motion. Using MRT℠ scar tissues is broken up, the muscle is lengthened , muscle memory is restored and pain relief begins immediately. The main reason why MRT℠ is so successful is that it treats the injury and resilient adhesions and scar tissues. When it is used regularly it prevents injury and helps speed recovery.

Meridian Massage

Meridian Massage draws from Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy. The basis of Chinese Medicine is “Qi” (Chee), Qi is the energy that enlivens the body, mind and spirit. When Qi is plentiful and flows through the Meridians (Meridians are pathways in the body where Qi flows) we experience vitality, happiness and health. Symptoms of physical pain, emotional overwhelm and mental stress are signs that Qi is out of balance and / or not flowing. “Acupoints” are specific locations on the Meridians where Qi is contacted and can be supported with the applications of gentle pressure to restore flow and balance therefore providing relief of symptoms. Meridian Massage combined with Reflexology is wonderful for those who suffer from chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, arthritis or when recovering from an illness or surgery who may need a gentler approach. When combined with traditional massage it creates a deeper level of healing.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage focuses on the special needs of the mother-to- be as her body experiences that changes of pregnancy. It is gentle and non invasive and eases the discomforts of pregnancy as well as helping the mother to prepare for labor.