Acupressure: The use of fingers to press on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. When these points are pressed they release muscular tension and help the circulation of blood. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles while acupressure uses the gentle, but firm pressure of hands.
Cupping: Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Deep Tissue: Massage techniques designed to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. Deep tissue massage helps with chronic pain, injury rehabilitation and inflammation related pain.
Intra-Oral Massage: The use of pressure on the soft tissues and muscle inside the oral cavity for therapeutic purposes. This modality is used in conjunction with massage techniques for the face, scalp and neck muscles that affect jaw alignment and tension.
Medical: The use of massage techniques for a specific condition, disease or injury. The therapist may work from a prescription or in conjunction with a medical doctor or Chiropractor.
Pregnancy: Massage techniques used to reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns, including anxiety and structural changes in the body.
Seated Massage: This technique makes use of a specially designed massage chair. The client remains fully clothed. A variety of techniques can be used with a chair massage.
Sports: Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. Sports massage can include pre-event, post-event and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is designed to be stimulating, encouraging blood flow and to warm up muscles. Post-event massage can help calm the nervous system, flush toxins from the system, and reduce recovery time. Injury care can help speed and improve healing.
Structural Relief Therapy: SRT is an advanced massage technique that stops involuntary muscle contraction, restores joint function(ROM), instantly changes posture, and dramatically decreases pain in the first treatment. SRT reprograms the jammed neurological signals of the muscles to and from the brain. It is an effective technique that quickly and gently decreases pain for the patient with less physical stress on the body.
Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Swedish uses five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart.
Treatment Work: Treatment work is similar to medical massage. It is designed to encourage healing of a specific condition or injury.
Swedish Gymnastics: The use of passive stretching (practitioner moves the body) to increase flexibility and range of motion and reduce pain.