Trigger Point Therapy
A great modality that complements deep tissue work and also may be focused upon for entire sessions. Used to pinpoint constant areas of muscle spasm, cramping, and pain.
(shi meaning finger and atsu meaning pressure) is a type of massage consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques.
This Japanese style of massage has a very different ‘feel.’ It doesn’t use massage oil, and it doesn’t even directly touch your skin. Direct pressure with the thumbs, palms, knuckles, forearms, even knees and feet are used to stimulate and relax specific points on the body. Pressure is sometimes applied rhythmically along the length of muscle attachments; where muscles become tendons and attach onto bones. Massage with knowledge of muscle origins and insertions is very effective for overall circulation stimulation and results in dramatic pain relief.
Classic (Swedish) Massage
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking.
This style massage is accomplished by rubbing the muscles in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Thai Yoga Massage
An Eastern modality based on the meridians of Aruvedic healing. An ancient style that accompanies energy work and stretching in passive/assistive yoga poses for an overall mind/body healing experience. Performed on a mat with exercise/yoga clothing.
A ancient form of healing using mapped out body organs and tissues on the hand, ear, and foot to produce a desired effect without working on an area of the body. May also be performed fully clothed. Also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine or pseudoscience involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work affects a physical change to the body.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
The best way for an athlete to get warmed up for an event. It uses a rythymic, fast paced, resting movement of both joints and muscles along with stretching. This produces maximum optimal function and response for performing key fundamental tasks of skill in your preferred sport of choice.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage therapy is a branch similar to Swedish massage dedicated to aiding the average working individual or athlete. It gets to the heart of a muscles problematic nature and breaks down scar tissue to begin the regeneration of injured malfunctioning tissue. The deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Deep tissue massage can break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue. The inflammation and toxins contribute to pain and stress. Deep Tissue Massage breaks up and releases the built-up toxins by loosening the muscles. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through one’s body.
Craniosacral Therapy is a form of therapy used by a professionally licensed healing touch or medical practitioner. It is a form of therapy that benefits the Cranioscacral System. The techniques of Craniosacral Therapy and the idea of the system were developed by Dr. John Upledger. The findings of Dr. Upledger and his colleges from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University through studies concluded that there is movement in frequency and amplitude between cranial bones. The discovery of rhythmic movement in the spinal cord of a patient in surgery led to Dr. Upleder’s theory of the Craniosacral System. This system includes the Brain and Spinal cord Dural Tube, its membranes, and its osseous connections, or connection to bone. The “Pressurestat Model” was the idea that the tissues of the Craniosacral System and their control centers in the brain influence the rhythmic flow of the Cerebrospinal Fluid that nourishes and protects the tissues of the Brain and Spinal cord. The rhythm and flow follow its own unique timing much like the rates of cardiac pulse, breathing, muscular contraction, and nerve conduction. The therapy was based on Craniopathy developed by William G. Sutherland, DO. Dr. Sutherland used techniques to manually correct abnormal cranial bone motion. Dr. Upledger adopted Dr. Sutherland’s techniques and added his own techniques to develop Craniosacral Therapy following the rhythmic movement of the system and manually correcting imbalances with light touch and Craniosacral rhythm monitoring. Craniosacral therapy is appropriate for all ages and all walks of life.
How can it help me?
Craniosacral Therapy can help all walks of life. Any vertebrate mamal, which we are, benefits from Craniosacral Therapy. In aiding your body to return to it’s natural rhythm without restriction or barriers, the Cerebrospinal Fluid flow will improve and become balanced. With a properly functioning Craniosacral System your body will function optimally and over time ailments, aches and pains, and disorders and dysfunction or the change of experiencing them shall be greatly reduced. It will allow you to be your best self functionally and help to relax your body while enhancing your focus at the same time.