descriptions of modalities
swedish massage: a therapeutic style of massage characterized primarily by long, flowing strokes to create an overall sense of deep relaxation and wellbeing. this style is also great for enhancing circulation, increasing blood flow, lowering blood pressure, and improving sleep and digestion. swedish massage can be combined with any other styles to provide specific pain relief along with a soothing, blissful full body experience.
deep tissue: deep tissue is a generic term used to describe bodywork which goes below superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, realigning muscle fibers, increasing blood flow, and promoting deep relaxation and restructuring of muscles and fascia. many specific techniques, such as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial therapy, fall in the category of “deep tissue.” this work does NOT necessarily need to be painful in order to be effective, although soreness for 1-2 days afterwards is normal while the body is adjusting to the work that has been done. ample communication between the therapist and the client throughout the session is encouraged, with the intention of staying in a comfortable and safe range of pressure/intensity, promoting deep healing with minimal discomfort.
neuromuscular and trigger point therapy: a focused, anatomically precise therapy based on analyzing skeletomuscular, fascial and postural patterns of imbalance, working at the neuromuscular junction to release “trigger points” in hyper-contracted muscles. incredibly effective work for issues related to chronic tension, residual pain from past injuries, and postural/alignment issues. can be integrated into full-body massage sessions.
myofascial therapy: techniques are applied to work with the body’s fascial tissue, the connective tissue which is interspersed throughout the body in a complex and constantly shifting web between the muscles, organs and skeletal system. loosening and realigning the fascia can profoundly affect the body’s alignment, movement and healing processes.
shiatsu: a japanese style of bodywork based on the theory of meridians- energy lines throughout the body. practitioner gently applies pressure to points along the body along with compression and kneading and also assists in gentle stretches. a shiatsu session is traditionally performed on a mat on the floor with the recipient fully clothed.
reflexology: the application of specific pressure to a “reflex map” resembling a human body which is believed to exist on the feet, hands and ears. this map reflects all organ systems of the body.
reiki: a healing art that works with the healing energy and potential in the body to bring physical, emotional and spiritual balance. “reiki” translates to “universal life energy.” recipient lays fully clothed on a mat or table while the practitioner intuitively lays hands gently on or above various areas of the body.